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.
Some new additions to the group this morning, who appeared to have slotted in well with the regulars. The weather was much better than expected with sunshine for the trip. It was remarked upon that my reputation for good weather on my bike rides was staying true. Arriving in Cobh, we had a nice leisurely coffee, scones, etc. at the “Truly Scrumptious ” food wagon in beautiful sunshine looking out onto the harbour. The usual positive interaction with other people out enjoying the day was had. Usual chat and craic. Returning to the sounds of a jazz band playing at the food market at Blackrock pier where approximately half of the group enjoyed another coffee and chat together before heading home. And all looking forward to the next AXA Community Bike Ride.