Part four of our new blog series, Girl on a Bike Blog, focuses on Asia’s favourite Cycling Routes around Navan (with Coffee and Ice Cream stops). This blog is aimed at encouraging women to cycle
As part of Navan Bike Fest, we are delighted to bring you ‘Girl on a Bike’, a new series of blog posts from Navan Cycling Initiative member Asia Gurtman which will run throughout Bike Week, which runs from 12-18 September (see the introduction here)
My favourite Cycling Routes around Navan (with Coffee and Ice Cream stops)
It is a wonderful feeling to be out and connected with the nature. Navan area has some fabulous sites to explore, that I am happy to share with you.
If you are going for your first cycle, please check what cycle lanes are around your area. You can do a dry run outside of rush hours. Play with your bike, to see how easy it is to change the gears, how soft or hard the breaks are. If you have a friend that is an experienced cyclist, you can go for a few trips together first. It is a great way to learn how to cycle through roundabouts and junctions and build up a confidence on a road.
When you start to feel comfortable cycling around Navan, you can plan your first trip outside the town. It is best is to plan your trip on Sunday, when there is little traffic. It is amazing how many beautiful sites you can discover when going for a trip on a bike.
Teltown House – Donaghpatrick Navan, C15 X302
This charming place is located just 10km (total trip: 20km) outside Navan. The road is mostly flat. Teltown House is a beautiful 17th-century country house that offers homemade treats, and a mythical and historic landscape. It is open weekends and bank-holidays from 11am-5pm.
Slane Castle – Slanecastle Demesne, Slane, Co. Meath Ireland
The road to Slane Castle is 10km long (total trip: 20km) and quite hilly. It can be an excellent spin for a good workout. Another good thing is that for most part of it there is a generous hard shoulder (on the Navan-Slane Road), which makes it much safer to cycle. The scenery is extraordinary and halfway through you will find a petrol station. If you feel that you still have lots of energy and would like to push yourself a little bit more, take the left on main junction in Slane village, and the road will take you to Littlewoods Forest – additional 4km where you will find a variety of walking paths allowing you to admire the diversity of the flora and fauna. Total trip distance 28km.
Jamestown Bog Walk
Jamestown Bog is natural heritage area situated approximately 8km (total trip: 16km) west of Navan. This tranquil area offers walking trails through forest and passes by working bogs. In the designated picnic area, you can park your bike (bike parking provided) and enjoy walk in the nature. In a summertime over the weekends there is a food truck that offers food, refreshments and ice creams.
View the other posts from the Girl on a Bike Blog Series below:
- How to Get a Bike
- Bike Equipment – what is essential and what is good to have
- Cycling Etiquette – Safety on Cycling Lanes and on the Road
- Cycling routes around Navan area with coffee places that are cycling friendly 😉
Keep an eye out for each of the above blog posts coming over each day of Bike Week, which runs from the 12-18 of September, and see more on our main Navan Bike Fest page.