Soaked to the skin

Posted: November 13, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0
Under: Cycling, North Kerry

Ardfert Cathederal
The Nitty Gritty:

Route: Tralee-Fenit-Barrow-Banna-Ardfert-Tralee

Distance: 38 km

Height gain: 146 metres

Difficulty: 5.5/10

Details: Heading out of Tralee, take the R558 all the way to Fenit. Just 1 short climb to worry about on this 10 km section of the cycle taking in a good bit of Tralee Bay.
Oyster boats on Tralee Bay
Take a left at the old Lighthouse motel (top of the hill). From here the road takes a good few twists and turns and a couple of short hills. The steep one brings you to Churchill.

From here take a left and free wheel down the hill towards Barrow harbour and over the small bridge.

Keep the harbour to your left and proceed towards Tralee Golf Club. Here you encounter and very steep and testing hill. Once at the top you are at the entrance to Tralee Golf Club (a great place for a lunch with fantastic views). There is also an option to actually cycle a path through the golf course and explore the wonderful Barrow beach.

From the golf club head back down the steep hill and take the first left before the causeway/bridge. Head up the road and swing right. Here the road is very straight with fine views of Sliabh Mish Mountains to your right. At the T junction take a left. Take the next (narrow) road to the left, follow around the to the right and then take a left at the T junction. The road twists and turns taking in a ruined castle and a salt marsh road. Eventually you are cycling behind the Banna beach sand dunnes. Take a left at the Casement Monument before coming to a cross roads.
Plenty of Surface water near Banna
Here you have the option of taking a look at Banna beach tot he left or heading right and towards Ardfert. Take a right at the R551 and this road takes you back to Tralee via Ardfert.

Options here to eat and visit the ruins of St Brendans Cathederal.Take a right on the R551 in the direction of Tralee, here you can just follow this road and in 8 km you’ll be back in Tralee.

Experience: The object of Push Bike Blogger is to let people see the beauty of Kerry. Today was not a great selling point. The 4 brave souls that went out today got totally caught out by the Irish weather.
Casement monument Banna
Overcast from the start, the rain came down as we passed the bobbing boats out on Tralee Bay bringing in the oysters. The brave decision to take on the steep hill at Tralee Golf Club was met by torrents of water cascading down the hill. Once we hit the back road to Banna we were met with deep surface water and dark puddles on the road. No time for a break on this spin, get the head down and get home!
The road back to Tralee was pretty miserable as the heavens opened up for proper. Not much chat and everyone’s mind on a hot shower and the warmth of our respective homes. #soaked

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