6 Crosses oddity

Posted: October 17, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0
Under: Cycling, North Kerry
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Tralee to 6 Crosses (Listowel) and amazing views of N. Kerry plains.

Route: Tralee-6 Crosses (Listowel)-Lixnaw-Abbeydorney-Tralee
Distance: 49 Km
Height gain: 430 Metres
Difficulty: 5/10

Details: Leaving Tralee via Oak Park on the old part of the N69, direction Listowel, you get most of the climbing for this route done as you leave Tralee. From here on the road is in fairly good shape and you can make good time towards 6 Crosses.
Moving swift on Listowel road
On reaching Kelly’s garage you need to take a sharp left immediately after (almost a U turn). Here the road get much quieter and you have a couple of small hills to negotiate, but with that comes a wonderful free wheel section which takes you through a cross roads and over a small river. Eventually you join up with the R557 road and a much flatter cycle. This brings you out in Abbeydorney.
Resting up at 6 Crosses
Take a left and follow the R556 all the 8 km back to Tralee via a steady climb to Listellick.

Experience: This was the usual winter spin from O’Donnells pub. Five of us made the cycle, so still a few more to get back into it.

We had one new comer, Kathrine, who did extremely well and was delighted with the mornings work. So much easier in a group!
North Kerry vista
The ride was straight forward enough, with surprisingly warm weather and virtually no wind to bother us. We took it nicer and easy with a couple of short breaks. Home well in time for lunch.
Back on the flat near Lixnaw
Puzzle for the day was why is it called the 6 Crosses?

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