Wicklow is home to the outdoor enthusiast with mountain biking fast becoming one of the most popular outdoor sports. Within 3 miles of Roundwood is Wicklow’s first official mountain bike trail managed by the Irish National Forestry Company – Coillte Teo
Ballinastoe Mountain Bike Trail system, almost 14 kilometres, takes the rider through some beautiful forest with views east over Calary Common and the Sugarloaf with the sea beyond. At the top of the trail, Lough Tay and the mountains beyond give views worth the effort of the climb. The trail accesses many types of terrain from open heather moor land on the top through thicket spruce and Scots Pine on the lower section. The trail is quite exposed on the upper slopes and can be very windy in poor weather, please dress accordingly.
The trail system, designed by one of the world leaders in the sport, is a one-way system constructed to give a challenging and rewarding ride.
There are a number of local companies with vast experience offering mountain bike skills courses, holidays, guided bike tours or just plain mountain bike hire in the area.
www.biking.ie Offer mountain bike hire, lessons, biking holidays, Mountain Bike Leadership Award tutoring courses and day cycle tours at Ballinastoe and Ticknock Mountain Bike Trails.