Durrow - Dereen Cycle Loop

A Durrow Community Bike Hire Trail

Look Out For:

Bailey’s Mill, Dereen
The Wooden Bridges, Dereen
Bishop’s Wood
Capponellan Wood

Route Details:

Distance: 13.47 KM
Elevation: Gain 60M
Start: 86M
Max: 106M

Route Map

Map of cycle route in Co. Laois, taking in Durrow Village through the towns land of Dereen

Starting Point Durrow

This suggested trail is relatively short in distance, and the terrain is very moderate, with no steep climbs. Starting at Durrow, cycle through the village, and onto the N77, heading for Abbeyleix. Immediately after crossing the bridge (River Erkina), turn left onto the Swan Road (Ballacolla/Rathdowney Road). 
Continue along this road until you come to a Y Junction, where you veer left for Rathdowney, leaving the Ballacolla road on your right. Follow this road for approximately 4KMs, until you come to a staggered crossroads, and take a left. 
This road will take you directly to the R639, passing over the wooden bridges, and by Bailey’s Mill on your left. Turn left for Durrow at this junction, and after a couple of hundred yards, you will see Bishop’s Wood on your left, with Capponellan Wood directly opposite. Local lore ‘in connection with this tree is that a Bishop was ill treated by British Soldiery and left tied to the tree at the beginning of the Penal times. He is supposed to have been buried by the peasantry at this place. The tradition does not give us the name of the bishop.’ Duchas.ie
A cross has been erected on the site.

Knockanoran Lane Detour

There is an optional detour along this route, as you cycle along the Swan Road, Durrow. The first left after the Harps G.A.A. pitch, is Knockanoran Lane, and if followed will bring you back onto the Rathdowney road, beyond the Y-junction mentioned above. 

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