Whether you’re a novice or experienced cyclist, the Barrow Wheelers Café Cycling Routes are an ideal way to experience the great variety and fantastic scenery we have to offer around the New Ross area.
This provides a stepping stone for people who enjoy going for a spin on their bikes with the added advantage of relaxing at some of the great Café spots in the South East that we’ve discovered over the years.
Our weekly spins usually stop at these Cafes for some light refreshments and great food before heading back on the road to finish off their Journey.
How to pick a route
We are starting by having 3 basic levels of difficulties so it’s an easier way to progress to a more challenging route if and when you decide to do so, Pebble Routes range between 10km to 30km, Stone Routes start from 30km to 60km and Rock Routes are between 60km to 100km. Unfortunately, New Ross is situated in a Valley which in cycling terms means that every route you choose there will be a few challenging hills but if taken at a steady pace they are all easily accomplished.
If you are just starting to cycle for the first time it would be advised to start on a few Pebble Routes to get you up and rolling and then you can decide to progress to the next level, it’s up to you and your abilities.
The most important part of cycling is Cycling Safely so before you embark on any of these Barrow Wheeler Café Routes you should obey the rules of the road and wear a Helmet. For more information see http://www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Pedestrians-and-Cyclists/
Beginner cycling routes or as we call them “Pebble Routes” are ideal for novices. Typically these all range between 10km to 30km. We hope these routes help you to enjoy what our local area has to offer and to get a taste of what Cycling is all about.
Pebble route 1 – New Ross Loop (9.3 km)
This 9.3km route starts in the Irishtown and follows the main ring road. At 4.6 km after Lidl is Harvey’s Cafe on the right-hand side for refreshments, continue on through the town and out Cherry’s road turning right before “The Ferry Inn” and this will bring you back to your starting point in the Irishtown.
Pebble route 2 – Irishtown to Ballinaboola (18.2 km)
This 18.2km route starts in the Irishtown and brings you up past Lacken wood and on to Cushinstown church continuing on to Ballynabola. After 9.45 km is the Ballynabola Service station for refreshments. Follow the main road back in the direction of New Ross and finish back in the Irishtown.
Pebble route 3 – Irishtown to JFK Arboretum (26.1 km)
This 26.1km route starts at the Irishtown and takes the main ring road around New Ross passing Kelly’s woods and on past Ballinteskin through Ballykelly and on to the JFK Arboretum at 14 km for refreshments in the park. Admission to the park is 3 Euro. Follow the same route back to your starting point to finish.
Pebble route 4 – Irishtown to Saint Mullins (27.4 km)
This 27.4km route starts at the Irishtown and on through Ballyanne and Ballynabanoge dropping down into Poulmouty Mill and back up through Drummond and on down into Saint Mullins. At 13.7 km is the Mullichain Cafe for refreshments. Follow the same route back to your starting destination.
Intermediate cycling routes or as we call them “Stones Routes” are ideal for novices who want to progress to the next level. Typically these all range between 30km to 60km.
Stone route 1 – Irishtown to Inistioge (32.6 km)
This 32.6km route starts in the Irishtown and crosses the ferry bridge and up through Ballycommon and down into Clodagh and then down the lovely descent into the picturesque Inistioge. At 16.3 km is the Circle of Friends Cafe for refreshments. Follow the same route back to your starting destination.
Stone route 2 – Irishtown to Graiguenamanagh (43.8 km)
This route starts in the Irishtown and goes out past Ballyanne on rolling hills through the small village of Glynn turning off down into Graiguenamanagh at Coolnamara. At 24.5 km is Coffee on High for refreshments. Follow the New Ross road through the Rower back to your starting destination.
Stone route 3 – Borris and Graiguenamanagh (55.2 km)
This challenging route starts in the Irishtown on through Glynn and down past Clashganny on Rolling Hills into the picturesque village of Borris. At 27.6 km is The Tea Rooms Cafe in the centre of Borris for refreshments. Follow the Graiguenamanagh road on through the Rower back to your starting destination.
Stone route 4 – Irishtown to Waterford (58 km)
This route starts in the Irishtown and on down to Waterford on the main road. At 24 km is the Park Lodge Cafe in the peoples park for refreshments follow the Dunmore road down across the ferry at Passage and on through Arthurstown up to Horeswood and back on the New Ross road to finish your destination.
The more advanced cycling routes or as we call them “Rock Routes” are ideal for riders looking for a challenge. Typically these all range between 60km to 100km.
Rock route 1 – Graiguenamanagh and Thomastown (58.8 km)
This Advanced route starts from the Irishtown and on over the ferry Bridge up towards the Rower and down into Graiguenamanagh before you hit a challenging 6km ascent of Coppenagh. After a well deserved decent into Thomastown at 34 km is The Blackberry Cafe for refreshments. Follow the Inistioge New Ross road back to your starting destination.
Rock route 2 – Irishtown to the Hook Lighthouse (80.4 km)
This Challenging route starts in the Irishtown and follows the Campile road passing Horeswood, Arthurstown, Duncannon and on towards the Hook lighthouse Cafe at 40.1km for refreshments. Returning through Fethard, Poulfur, Saltmills and on through Dunmain and back to your starting destination.
Rock route 3 – Dunmore East and Tramore (88.6 km)
This Challenging route starts in the Irishtown following the Campile road through Arthurstown crossing the ferry at Ballyhack following the coast road up to Crooke and on to Dunmore East. At 36.8 km is The Lemon Tree Cafe for refreshments. Follow the coast road into Tramore and back through Waterford and on to New Ross to finish.
Rock route 4 – Irishtown to Kilmore Quay (98.1 km)
This advanced route takes you through Dunmain, Wellingtonbridge and on to the new line turning for Kilmore Quay. At 53 km is the Bird Rock Cafe in the Stella Maris Centre for refreshments. Follow the Duncormick road passing through Carrick, Wellington Bridge and on to Ballynabola and then back into New Ross to finish your destination.
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Our annual winter sportive is on Sunday 28th of January.
Starting for the Good Counsel College Grounds in New Ross.
Entry fee is €20 and can be paid online or on the day.
Sign on is from 7:15am to 8:30am on the day and the starting time is 9am.
Food and Refreshments will be available after the event.
Route: 100km Route