Ticknock

Well This is the first time up on Ticknock on my new bike.

Corratec Mutant Air. It handled really well, very pleased with it.

Lovely summer day, Mick and I took to the Dublin mountains. Mick rented his bike as he was going to buy it off the guy from the rental shop if he liked it, as it was his first foray into the Mountain biking world.

Good bike he loved it and bought it.

 

 

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Location

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Ticknock is in the Dublin mountains not too far from marlay park.

Three rock , fairy castle and tibraddan mountain are all a track ride away.

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Routes

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There are many routes through the mountains that can be taken.

From the Car park follow the roadway up around the first bend, on the bend to your left you can access the last section of track if you are a beginner and want to have a short practice run down the last bit.

However if you continue around the bend for approximately 100 meters you will see a track to your right, follow this and it will bring you out eventually back to the road just below the masts on three rock, where you will have choices to follow the track futher up the mountain of go back down to the car park via the track on your left just before the masts.

Trail Description by Dublinmountains.ie

This is a challenging, rocky, technical trail throughout.  Forest road climbs lead you into singletrack, varying from fast, open and flowing to twisty, technical rocky sections with loads of ups and downs, big descents and berm turns.  This technical trail tests all a rider’s skills and abilities – not for novices.

Roughly 4km of the waymarked loop is singletrack and these sections are narrow, sometimes steep trails of not more than 1m in width with variable surfaces, including rocks, mud, roots, loose stones and gravel and they may become slippery in wet weather.  The single track also crosses walking trails at a number of points so take care, caution walkers.  The remaining 4km of the waymarked loop are forest roads and you should expect to encounter vehicles and other forest users at any time on these parts of the loop.

The trail is quite exposed on the upper slpes and can be very windy in poor weather.  Please ensure your bike is in good working order and that you have an appropriate fitness and skill level to undertake these trails.  All riders should be appropriately dressed and wear a helmet at all times.  Please ride with consideration for the many other forest users.

Trail Description:

Trail start point: Car park

Length: 8km

Time: 45-90 minutes

Degree of difficulty: Difficult/severe

Metres of climb: 220m

Attributes: Loop trail

Finish Point: Car park

Trail Waymarking: Red

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Services

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Ticknock is serviced by a small bike store at the foot of the trails in the car parking area.

You can rent bikes from them for the day or try before you buy. They usually have great deals in last years bikes for sale. Also available on site are repair services as well as tools and clothing.

Tea, Coffee and snacks are also available.

Bike wash facilities are available at a charge.

Parking and access to the trails are free, so get out there and enjoy.

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Map

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Parking spot at base of track..

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Howth Head ( Bog of Frogs)

great part of the world for Hiking good Mountain biking too.

Ben of Howth overlooking Deer park Golf course.

I like to start this trek at Howth Dart station. Easy to get to without a car. Especially on a Sunday when traffic will be chocker block along the Coast road into Howth.

To start hike cross the road in front of the Dart station and follow up the set of steps leading to a pathway along the side of the deer park golf cub. This path winds its way uphill towards the top of the ben of howth.

TBC…..

 

St Annes park Raheny

Great park with lots of tracks full of Squirrels and a great trials bike corner.

just beside the beautiful Bull Island with lots of Trails through the dunes

A must visit.

Ballinastoe

Ballinastoe on a beautiful winter morning.

Hard slog up. but series of great tracks make it an awesome ride.