A fantastic adventure from the very beginning covering over 450 miles in five days! From an early start to register; to meeting the crew and fellow participants; then straight off on route to begin the day. The route started pretty flat, as we wound our way through the country roads of Cheshire, toward the border of Wales. Once in North Wales, the route took us through beautiful mountain scenery, along the northern edge of the Snowdonia National Park and finally down to the coast and the University town of Bangor.
Day two was another early start as we headed out to catch the ferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin. On arrival in Dublin, we headed south through the city and onto the Wicklow Mountains National Park; our first taste of Irish countryside and how beautiful it was. The route was hilly, but the long descents through the mountain moorlands, past waterfalls and herds of grazing deer made it all worthwhile!
Day three was shorter and the profile a bit more forgiving than the previous two…which was a relief for some! Allowing us some rest and a chance to take in the beautiful sights of Ireland. Leaving Carlow we cycled west across country to the infamous town of Limerick, taking in more green, rolling countryside and passing through age-old towns and villages on-route.
On day four we started back toward Dublin; again a flattish profile, taking you coasting along the shores of lakes and rivers, and past a number of Ireland’s Natural Heritage areas. We had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and made the most of our picturesque rest stops and delicious Chapeau food in Portumna Forest Park, before arriving in Athlone.
Our final day took us around country roads through the Bog of Allen, and then onto our final drinks stop at Roches Pub, a quirky Irish gem, in the middle of Donadea. We gathered together to embark on the last leg into the city before reaching the Grand Union Canal, which directed us all the way into Dublin and our grand finish at Phoenix Park. Time to celebrate!
“That was the best route and route marked trip I’ve ever been on…and I’ve done hundreds. Thank you Chapeau!” Paul Maher 2015