Good morning! Summer has finally come and we have spent the weekend out on our bikes. I posted a video of us out on the new Dungarvan to Waterford Deise Greenway, an old train line that has been converted into a cycle/walking path extending 23km with more to be opened soon. You can read all about the Greenway here and plan your journey. I have been inundated with questions, so thought I would put a quick post together. If your wondering when it's safe to take kids out on the back of your bike, or in a bike taxi, you can read all about that here.
The Ballyfolye tunnel was the highlight of the cycle for the kids and the fairy doors that have been placed by passing kids in the rocks leading up to the tunnel…..we will be bringing ours next time and placing theirs into a little bit of history. The kids absolutely loved it, they love being out on the bikes, although there is always the usual arguments, head butting each other with their helmets and so on, we keep them supplied with snacks and that solves most of the problems.
We brought our own bikes and bike Taxi for the kids (more on that below), but you can hire your bikes at several different stops along the way – Dungarvan, Durrow and Kilmacthomas. Adult Bikes are €20, kids bikes €10 and the kids bike Taxis are €10 with helmets included for all. More on bike hire here. We started our trip in Dungarvan and ended it just after O'Mahoneys Bar in Durrow.
The Greenway is along the coast for some part and is just beautiful. Shortly past the Clonea car park there is a small playground for kids to play. We had planned on going as far as the Coachhouse in Kilmacthomas, but I think we were a bit optimistic in how far we could cycle and decided to turn back and have a break and let the kids stretch their legs in O'Mahoneys bar. A small shop/bar with a huge garden in their back-garden meant we could sit and have a glass of wine, ice-cream and let the kids run around safely.They don't serve food, but you could bring your own picnic/snacks.There is a big car park here and it's one of the pick up points for bike hire. The plan next time is to start here and go on towards the Coachhouse for coffee and let the kids make use of their bouncy castle which is available for patrons.
We cycled a total of 25km and are all feeling a bit achey today, but it was worth it. We cycled down to Clonea beach on the way back and finished up with Burgers and Chips in Dungarvan town, and sat on the grass overlooking Dungarvan Harbour. On days like yesterday,Ireland really is the best place in the world!
Onto our bikes….we both bought our bikes last year on the Cycle Scheme (and actually hit Amelia's pink Bobbin Bike on the scheme too), our bike hook for the car and our helmets (not the kids). Under the scheme employers can pay for bicycles and bicycle equipment for their employees and the employee pays back through a salary sacrifice arrangement of up to 12 months. The employee is not liable for tax, PRSI or the Universal Social Charge on their repayments. You can save up to 52% on a bike and safety accessories by joining the Cycle to Work scheme. For more information on the Irish scheme see here. People often say to me"but I don't cycle to work", that doesn't matter, if your employer has signed up to the scheme then you are eligiable to apply. For the UK see here. The bikes and bike taxi were without a doubt one of our best purchases and we use them all the time. As always I harp on about Bike Safety and head injuries in adults and children and wrote a post on it here.
Our Bike Taxi was bought in Halfords see here,€126 and folds into a sandwich and can be placed flat in the boot of the car. See my Bobbin Bike here and Amelia's here. The bike shop we purchased all our bikes did not have the bikes we wanted in stock so ordered them in for us. The kids helmets are here and here.
Hope that answers most questions! Anymore….leave them in the comments x