Destination: Yulpo Beach
Yulpo Beach isn’t the best beach in Jeolla-Do by any stretch, but it makes a great place to finish a long day of cycling. A day of cycling through the iconic Boseong green tea fields no-less. And even a shitty beach is still a beach!
This ride starts like most others; head out to the main road and take a left on 887. Even the first 200 meters to the main road has it’s scenic moments!
Head south on 887 up the valley and through the tunnel for about 8.5km. Here’s the valley you’ll be riding through from a bird’s eye view (Taken from the overlook accessible via the trail behind 식영정
About 8.5km up the valley you’ll need to take a right on road 897. All I can say is it’s just after the abandoned elementary school, which is on the right side of the road and difficult to miss. This used to be a gravel road, but has recently been paved and is now excellent for cycling!
Continue on this road for about 14km. You’ll wind through a yet another scenic valley and have plenty of opportunities to see Mudeung from it’s less famous back-side. Eventually you’ll head uphill and pass a reservoir.
Just after the reservoir you get to enjoy an absolutely gratifying descent through yet another valley. Climbing this beast from the other direction is grueling so be thankful you’re headed downhill!
At the bottom of the valley you’ll need to take a right (south) on 15. You’ll stay on 15, which for a double digit road isn’t bad at all, for about 16km. Eventually the road intersects with Juam lake which is massive (obviously man-made) and fills in the surrounding valley forming an elongated amoeba shape. This lake, and the overlapping roads and subsequent bridges, could be amazing save for all the garbage collecting in every corner. Frustrating to say the least.
At the junction with 18, where you should take a right, there is a small mart (휴게소) offering an extensive menu of water, chips and ramen. There isn’t much before this so if you’re hungry it works. Good place to stock up on water if nothing else.
18 takes you almost all the way to the beach. It’s a pretty road and, at least when I was there, not too much traffic. I even found a really cool Eco-Park that was completely deserted.
Near Boseong city you will of course start seeing the iconic green tea fields. Don’t waste you time or energy stopping to take photos of the first couple you see. Trust me it gets way better. There are a few small climbs mixed in here, but nothing I remember being too extreme…at least going this direction (if you’re riding back it’s a different story!).
At the bottom of the epic downhill finishing off road 18 you’ll see signs for Yulpo Beach, but if not just take a left on 845. That will take you directly to the beach where you’ll find lots of tacky neon, plenty of minbaks, and copious amounts of cold beer and seafood!
Green tea ice cream no your thing? Plenty of other options here.