Starting from the Castle car park in Manorhamilton you head out the R282 in the direction of Rossinver. After 1km take the L6180 on your right signposted with the cycling sign for Saddle Hill, then follow this road for 2km, then keep to the right where you see the first cycling information sign, informing you Saddle Hill is 3km long with an average gradient of 6%. 

At the junction turn right to descend down by Cherrybrook (see cycling sign). This road meets the N16, turn left towards Enniskillen. After 1km turn left onto the R283 for Kiltyclogher where you will see the second cycling information sign informing you the Dough climb is 5.6km long at an average gradient of 3%. Stay on this road then take left turn onto the L61803, see cycling sign for Killea.

Here you will see the third cycling information sign informing you Killea climb is 5km long with an average gradient of 3%. This road will bring you back to Crockan Cross then proceed to descend down Saddle Hill back into Manorhamilton. Take the left turn for R280 and N16, and head back out in the direction of Enniskillen. 2km out this road take the left turn onto the L6184, see cycling sign for Cherrybrook.

Here you will see the fourth cycling information sign informing you the Cherrybrook climb is 5km long with an average gradient of 5%. Once again you will arrive back at Crockan Cross and now you finally descend back down Saddle Hill to the Castle car park. 


The Dough Challenge: This is an excellent training route for cyclists preparing for the Leitrim Glens Sportive 200km and 150km routes. 


This 42km route is designed for club cyclists who wish to improve their climbing and descending skills. It is very rare to have a location where one can experience 850m of climbing within such a short distance, this is because three separate roads lead up to the same elevated position at Crockan Cross some 340m above sea level.

Distance: 42km
Alt: 853m
Level: Intermediate

This project was provided by Department of Rural and Community Development, Our Rural Future, Fáilte Ireland and Project Ireland 2040 through the 2021 Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, and was supported by Leitrim Glens Cycling Club, Leitrim County Council and Leitrim Development Company.