Now that we are in Level 5 Lockdown – it is more important than ever to get outdoors for some physical activity. Getting on your bike is a great form of low-impact exercise for all age groups, and there are so many benefits including;
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility.
- Improved joint mobility.
- Decreased stress levels.
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Improved joint mobility
Kilkenny is known for its spectacular cycling routes, taking in the stunning countryside along the river bank and through the picturesque towns. Whether you are looking for an easy-going family cycle, or a more challenging expedition that takes in forest, hills and trails – we have put together a list our top picks for you to get out, and get on your bike and explore this Autumn.
Cycling is something you can enjoy year round in Kilkenny – there are North, South, East and West Cycling routes to suit all levels if cyclists, so no matter where you are in the country, you can find a trail close by!
While we may be limited in the distance we can travel right now, there are lots of options to explore and to get you started we have picked three of our favourites.
1. a cycle through medieval kilkenny city
Take a leisurely cycle through the medieval streets of the city centre. Beginning at Kilkenny Castle, making your way down High Street towards St. Canices Cathedral and coming back around via Kieran Street – Take in some of the city’s most loved tourist attractions along your way, from Castle to Cathedral, and lots of medieval magic in between.
2. The Canal Walk
Beginning at Canal Square in the city centre, taking in the shadow of Kilkenny Castle as you cycle alongside the River Nore down the Canal Walk out towards the Bennettsbridge Rd and returning to the City Centre via the Lacken Walk. It is particularly beautiful during the Autumn months.
3. Cycle alongside the River Barrow in Graiguenamanagh
Known to be one of the most beautiful riverside trails in the country, take a cycle along the River Barrow towpath. Make sure to pack a bag, as there are plenty of unique spots to stop for a picnic along the way as you explore miles and miles of stunning countryside.
Kilkenny Cycling Tours are currently offering long-term bike rental for the duration of the lock down period. You can contact Jason at 0868954961 for more information.
Visit Trail Kilkenny for more information on the cycling trails and routes, and plan a cycle within your 5km, and make sure to tag @outdoorkilkenny on Social Media so we can see your adventures!