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Cycle trails bring thrill seekers back to nature

Joe Leogue

Published 21/03/2013 | 05:26

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Mairead O’Farrell Glanmire explores Millstreet Country Park’s new Cycling Resort, with three new cycling trails encircling the 500-acre amenity. Photo: Gerard McCarthy

MILLSTREET tourism is set to add yet another string to its bow, with the opening of a series of new cycling trails.

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The 500-acre Millstreet Country Park re-opens this Easter weekend, and the new look amenity now boasts three cycling trails offering a different challenge for all cyclists.

Donie Howard of Millstreet Country Park says he expects the new trails to be a major draw. "Cycle-tourism is a growing phenomenon and as a non-competitive sport that blends the ease and comfortability of bike riding with sightseeing, it's a natural for the park," he said.

"There is a dearth of self-contained cycling resorts in this country, and we feel we have hit the nail on the head with this new attraction."

The trails range from 3km to 8km in length and range from relaxed, off-road low land trails suitable for all, to more rugged and challenging terrain.

Thrill seekers have the opportunity to tackle some of the invigorating hill climbs, with the magnificent backdrop of the Musheramore Mountains, as you cycle the old bog road with breath-taking views of the barony of Duhallow and the Kerry Mountains in the distance.

Meanwhile, upcoming events at the park include Millstreet Walking Festival on April 20/21, Monster Mac adventure challenge on April 28, and the popular Traditional Craft & Blacksmith Fair on Sunday, May 5.

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