Depart Blackrock Pier (opposite Pronto Coffee) on Castle Road heading in the direction of Blackrock Castle, where we join the Greenway/Blueway with the River Lee on our left. Staying on this route for about 4km, we join the old Cork/Crosshaven railway route Greenway. Approximately 750 metres on, we join the Rochestown/Passage West Road at the junction of the R610 and L2474. We travel on this road for about 750 metres and rejoin the Greenway at Hop Island car park. We stay on the Greenway with the Lee and Lough Mahon on our right until the centre of Passage West where we rejoin the R610 at Victoria Dockyard, for a kilometre to Glenbrook. Here we take the Glenbrook/Carrigaloe Cross River Ferry to Carrigaloe on the island of Cobh. Leaving the Ferry we travel on the R624 to the town of Cobh with scenic views of the lower harbour and Haulbowline Naval Base on our right.
Arriving in Cobh, we will stop at JFK memorial park for a well earned coffee or tea (a coffee wagon with good tea/coffee and friendly service is located in the park). Our coffee and chat can be enjoyed looking out on to the Harbour and Spike Island. Suitably refreshed, we return to the Ferry crossing and return the way we came back to Blackrock Pier. If time allows, we can avail of another tea or coffee at Pronto Coffee, where I'm led to believe the coffee is excellent.
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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.
A break from the ordinary, an evening bike ride on a favourite route. 2 new participants this evening, the rest of the group made up of regulars. A bit of craic from the start and the group set a nice comfortable pace on the way down to Cobh. As it was the evening our regular coffee stop was closed, so coffee was at the local centra. We returned to jfk Park and sat around enjoying the view and having a chat. A bit too relaxed as we remembered the ferry back would be stopping for the evening, but we made it with time to spare. Back to Blackrock were we started and a great evening trip enjoyed by all. Some of us were a bit giddy as we were locking forward to our trip to France in 2 days time!