We meet opposite the Church in the picturesque village of Ballinspittle. After our route and safety briefing, we travel briefly to the main st and turn right (opposite Centra) on to the R604. After approx 500mtrs we turn right (opp GAA) on to the R600 Timoleague/Courtmacsherry Rd. The initial section of this road is a gradual hill for approx 3.5km, then a desent for about 4km. Staying on this road, we will be enjoying some fantastic views from the height out to sea and our desent bringing us nearer the coast and more fantastic scenery. At the end of our decent, we are next to the sea and a view of Harbour view beach. Crossing a small bridge, we continue on past the Beach, staying with the Coast, and on towards the the Historic village of Timoleague. We cross the bridge into Timoleague, immediately turning left on to the R601. Passing the Historic Abbey, we turn left again onto the bridge, taking us on to the Courtmacsherry Rd. We stay on the R601, swinging left with the coast and its flat all the way in to Courtmacsherry village. With the sinking of the Luisitania during WW1, in sight of the coast, the vilage and Courtmamsherry Lifeboat played a crucial part in rescuing survivors. Arriving in Courtmac, we stop a short distance past the Harbour at the Travara Lodge where we can avail of excellent coffee/tea and scones, etc. I can attest to the fact that the coffee and scones are quite nice! Our seating and dining area is across the road next to water. Suitably relaxed, recovered and refreshed, we depart Courtmac, retracing the route back to Ballinspittle.
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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.
Great achievement today by the group. Absolute fantastic scenery and our longest cycle to date with some challenging hills in very warm weather. The heat was mitigated against by a cooling coastal breeze, regular hydration and plenty of sunblock. . The group also worked very well together today with regards cycling as a group and I was well supported by my support leader Micheàl Donnellan. One new addition today, arrived with a certain amount of trepidation but was soon put at ease and had an absolutely brilliant day. Courtmacsherry didn't disappoint and the food and coffee at Travara lodge was without fault. Although we did have a bit of an overextended leisurely stop. We had our usual positive interaction with locals and tourists alike, great craic, banter and plenty of laughs. All in all, a great day!
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