After a safety check and route briefing, we depart the Centra car park, turning right onto the N25 for a short distance (100 mtrs), to the traffic lights. Turning right onto the R632, we will travel on this road for approx 7km, cycling through the village of Ladysbridge to Garryvoe beach. Turning right with the road we continue west in the direction of Shanagarry. In Shanagarry, at the junction for Ballycotton, we continue westerly, taking the R629. Remaining on the R629 for approx 3km, we arrive at the rear gate to Ballymaloe House. Here, we leave the road, and cycle up the rear driveway to Ballymaloe house. Dismounting from our bikes, we discover the cafe only just opened and avail of coffee/tea and scones. Or simply whatever tempting treats are on offer!
Suitably refreshed, with a bit of chat and craic thrown in, we depart Balltmaloe via the main gate, turning right and east, onto the L3818. We cycle for about 2 or 3km and ver left onto a side road and the only real hill on the route, cycling via this road to Ladysbridge. Rejoining the R632, we cycle the remaining 2km to our start point. Here, for those in need of another coffee and chat, we can avail of coffee or tea from the Centra shop before we depart for home.
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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 great morning for outdoor activities. On route to our start point this morning, I passed runners, cyclists and members of Shandon and Cork rowing clubs out on the water. Met up with my group for the day, all regulars, with the exception of one new person. All eager to be off and happy to be meeting up again as a group, and of course a friendly welcome to our newcomer. The chat and banter began shortly with no prisoners taken! Approx 7 km into the spin, we had a quick stop at Garryvoe Beach looking out onto Ballycotton lighthouse across the bay. After a photo op, we were all eager for our coffee stop at Ballymaloe House cafe. Arriving at Ballymaloe, the sun made its appearance and there was coffee and scones ordered. We all enjoyed the relaxing outdoor refreshments in the sunshine. Nice surroundings, friendly staff and very good coffee. Not to mention delicious scones. We set off again on our return loop. The sun stayed with us and too soon we were back at our start point. Another bit of chat and craic here before all heading home and looking forward to the next outing.
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