MH2MH cycle tour – Day 6

Clifden to Westport

One of the best days of the trip today starts with a few morning miles going the long way round the peninsula on the very pleasant “Sky Road”. Even in inclement weather this is worth it the route heads on through the amazing scenery of the Connemara National Park. Again, hugging the coast for dramatic effect, the tour goes round beautiful peninsula’s and lakes, eventually heading inland through some brilliant hill roads. This area is reminiscent of the English Lake District and is a truly great day that ends at the lovely little town of Westport in the shadow of Ireland’s famous pilgrimage mountain, “Croagh Patrick”.  (Description based on route notes from Peak Tours).

Route from Clifden to Westport (58 miles):

Route from Clifden to Westport

Elevation profile (ascent 4212 feet):

Elevation profile from Clifden to Westport
A bit of bike maintenance and saddle adjustment so took a quick loop round Clifden to video the centre. Then after he obligatory briefing we set off up a steep hill then down a descent – one of Lee’s jokes maybe as we could have just gone round the side of the hill?!! The weather was generally brighter except a short spell of light rain before lunch so we were able to enjoy the scenery – a lot of coastline, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and sheep. The sun even came out for the last hour making the run in to Westport very enjoyable. Went to pub for a beer and listened to some Irish music before heading for some Italian seafood!

Next: Day 7 – Westport to Sligo

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