We 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, passing the Ferry to Cobh and continuing another 1.5km to Monkstown. We stay on the R610 and take in some great harbour views on our left looking across to Rushbrook Dockyard, Cobh and the lower harbour with Ringaskiddy port in the distance. After 3km, we come to Raffeen where we turn left onto Curragh Hill and cycle 1km to Shanbally Village. Here, we turn left joining the N28 and cycle approximately 4km, passing Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, continuing through Ringaskiddy village with the Port and then the National Maritime College on the left. Just beyond the College, the road sweeps left at Gobby Beach car park and we continue for approximately 1km, crossing Rocky Island and on to Haulbowline Island and Naval base via a bridge, turning right for the last 500 metres to our destination at Haulbowline Amenity Park. Here, we avail of a well deserved coffee and snacks at 'Coastal Coffee'. The Amenity Park is situated in an ideal location in the middle of the lower harbour with views across to Cobh on one side and Spike Island on the other. After coffee, chat, a bit of banter and taking in the views, we return the same way back to Blackrock Harbour, where another coffee and chat is always an option!
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A new route for the group and what a trip. Departed Blackrock, picked up one of the group off the ferry from Cobh and continued on to Raffeen on the way to Ringaskiddy. Here, we visited Raffeen bird sanctuary where great work is happening with wildlife conservation by Pfizer. One of our group is involved and it has resulted in a huge increase in the population of Terns. We had a briefing here on the conservation project and then continued on to Ringaskiddy and on to Haulbowline. Crossing the bridge on to Haulbowline Island, we arrived at our destination of Haulbowline Amenity Park. The park is absolutely stunning, situated as it is in the Harbour between Cobh, Ringaskiddy and Spike Island. On such a beautiful day like the one that we had, the views are only stunning. We had our coffee at the park coffee wagon followed by a walk around the circumference of the park. Sadly, the time came to head back. Arriving back at our original start point, some headed for home and others availed of some open air well deserved refreshments. The day was an absolute fantastic day from start to finish. As per usual, there was great craic and banter and our usual positive interaction with those we met along the way. Not to mention another new cyclist welcomed into the Community Bike Rides experience.