Cycling Mount Leinster from Bunclody, Ireland
Ride 14 kilometers gaining 778 meters at 5.2% average grade.
One thing is for sure, this is (one of) Ireland’s cow territories! You’ll begin at a major junction in the heart of Bunclody and soon ride past many large farms and cattle ranches. Expect to see some really healthy looking Irish bovines. On the lower slopes, there are a decent amount of little downhills that break up some difficult steep sections. Once you make your left turn onto Road L3005, the farms and cattle are traded for unobstructed views and little vegetation. This increasingly steep mountain road eventually winds its way to a parking lot and junction point for the gated-to-cars access road to the summit. Once on the access road I never left my granny gear. Double digit grades will show no mercy until you reach the very top of the mountain at 2,566 feet of elevation.
Park in Bunclody to begin the ride.
Climb begins by riding up Mount Leinster Heritage Drive at the east edge of Bunclody.
Climb summary by PJAMM ambassador Stephen Rochford of Longwood, Colorado and Meath, Ireland.
This is a great climb of 13.5 kilometers, with an average gradient of 5.4%. The first 11 kilometers are very manageable with a couple of short ramps hitting 10-12%, but for the majority of the time the road rambles nicely upward at 4-5% and even has a few short descents along the way.
The roadway surface is in good condition, but the roads are quite narrow and will have traffic on the weekends and throughout the holiday season as this is a popular hiking area.
There are good views of the mountain and surrounding area all the way up from Bunclody. As you get closer to the top, the landscape really drops away to your right and you can see all across the southeast corner of Ireland.
1880 block home at kilometer four, and 1896 National School at kilometer 5.7.
Turn left at kilometer 8.1.
Exceptional views from Nine Stones at the car park and gate at kilometer five.
Turn right at the gate just across from Nine Stones.
The final 2.7 kilometers of this climb average 13%.
This is the easier route to climb Mount Leinster, the other side starting from the village of Borris is shorter but steeper. Both routes share the same last 2.5 kilometers up to the mast.
Finish at the Mount Leinster Television Transmitter.
Thank you Stephen!!
That’s a wrap!