Depart Blackrock Pier (opp Pronto Coffee ) on Castle rd. 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. Approx 750 mts on we join the Rochestown/Passage West rd. at the junction of the R610 and L 2474. We travel on the road for about 750mtrs 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 scones and friendly service 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.
Absolutely great AXA Community Bike Ride this morning. Weather, not at its best, but it failed to dampen rhe spirits of the group. A light mist, but quite mild. Arrived in Cobh for coffee/tea stop in JFK Park on the waterfront. A great welcome from “Truly Scrumptious ” catering, who were running a coffee wagon in the park. They were kind enough to give the group free tasters of their sausage rolls and all agreed, they were “Truly Scrumptious!!!” After some good food, coffee, tea, chat and craic, we headed back to Blackrock pier via our out bound route, once more availing of the friendly service of the Cross River ferry. A nice pace today. Everyone able and all in good spirits at end, where coffee and more chat and craic were enjoyed before we all made our way home.
A recurring feature of the AXA Community Bike Rides is the positive and friendly interaction we are having with people we meet were we stop or on the way. Adding to the whole experience.
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