We meet in the car park at the rear of Centra on Main Street, Castlemarytr. After introductions and briefing, we depart the car park, turning right onto the main street and continuing the short distance to the traffic lights. We turn left here onto the R632 for Garryvoe and Shanagarry and continue through Ladysbridge. We stop briefly at Garryvoe Beach to take in the view and sea air, looking across the bay to our destination of Ballycotton.
Leaving Garryvoe, we continue on to Shanagarry and the junction with the R629. Turning left here, we take the R629 section for Ballycotton. Approximately 5km on, we arrive in the village at a lovely Artisan café, “The Trawl Door”, where we can avail of a well earned tea or coffee and scone. Suitably refreshed, we can continue on into the village and the harbour where we can take in the view from a different perspective, looking back across the Bay to Garryvoe Beach. Leaving here, we cycle back through the village and return to Shanagarry, staying on the R629 and turning left at the junction and heading in the direction of Ballymaloe. We will continue through Ballymaloe grounds with an option for another cuppa here should the group decide. Leaving Ballymaloe, we turn right onto the L3818. A short distance on (1.5km), we go left on to Loughane Hill and follow the road to Ladysbridge, where we rejoin the R632 returning to Castlemartyr.
Known bathroom facilities available on this route are at the Centra in Castlemaytr, Garryvoe beach, Ballycotton pier and at Ballymaloe Café.
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I enjoy cycling as a recreational sport and as a family activity. Cycling is a low impact way to stay fit and experience the open air that's suitable for everyone. I am involved in a local Cycling Club, hold a Coaching qualification and coach our Youth members.
Another fantastic Community Bike Ride today. As always, good company, great craic, a brilliant coffee stop and awesome weather. Not forgetting the scenery! We also welcomed into the group, a new Community Bike Rides participant who slotted right in. Today, because of the route we were on and the anticipated super summer weather, we decided, in advance, to prepare for a swim at Garryvoe, if conditions allowed. We normally stop at Garryvoe Beach on this route anyway. We weren't disappointed as the lifeguards were on duty and the tide was in. We didn't hang about and the majority of the group, me included, took the plunge. It was 15 minutes of safe, refreshing fun. After ticking that box and raising our bike rides to a different level, we continued on our cycle to Ballycotton. Our usual coffee stop, 'The Trawl Door', didn't disappoint with their usual welcome and the staff well able to engage in friendly banter with us. Of course, the coffee and food didn't disappoint either. Refreshed, we cycled on to Ballycotton Pier and harbour for the views and photos. This being the farthest part of the route we turned for home, making a brief stop at Ballymaloe House, before arriving safely and “buzzing” from a really great cycle and swim. As per our usual bike ride experience, we had positive and great interaction with people we met on the way. It's going to be hard to beat this one!!!