We meet in the car park at the rear of Centra on Main Street, Castlemarytr. After introductions and briefing, we depart the car park, turning right onto the main street and continuing the short distance to the traffic lights. We turn left here onto the R632 for Garryvoe and Shanagarry and continue through Ladysbridge. We stop briefly at Garryvoe Beach to take in the view and sea air, looking across the bay to our destination of Ballycotton.
Leaving Garryvoe, we continue on to Shanagarry and the junction with the R629. Turning left here, we take the R629 section for Ballycotton. Approximately 5kms on, we arrive in the village at a lovely Artisan café, “The Trawl Door”, where we can avail of a well earned tea or coffee and scone. Suitably refreshed, we can continue on into the village and the harbour where we can take in the view from a different perspective, looking back across the Bay to Garryvoe Beach. Leaving here, we cycle back through the village and return to Shanagarry, staying on the R629 and turning left at the junction and heading in the direction of Ballymaloe. We will continue through Ballymaloe grounds with an option for another cuppa here should the group decide. Leaving Ballymaloe, we turn right onto the L3818. A short distance on (1.5kms), we go left on to Loughane Hill and follow the road to Ladysbridge, where we rejoin the R632 returning to Castlemartyr.
Known bathroom facilities available on this route are at the Centra in Castlemaytr and at Ballymaloe Cafe.
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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 beautiful day and a great bike ride. Started a little chilly but warmed up in glorious sunshine and blue skies. We were introduced to a little detour at Garryvoe Beach which ran parallel to a section of our route but kept us closer to the shore. A bit of local knowledge from one of our regulars. Arriving at our regular coffee stop, “The Trawl Door ” in Ballycotton, we received our usual warm welcome. As usual the coffee and food was top class with some returning for seconds. There was a bit of our usual positive interaction here with some of the other patrons. On we went to Ballycotton Pier for some photos and to take in the view which never disappoints. We then set out on our return leg of the route, continuing our various conversations, craic, banter and laughs - enjoying the cycle, the weather and the scenery. All good cycles come to an end but this was much enjoyed by everyone. Not to mention the achievement of one of the group of cycling up the hard enough hill on route and making it to the top. Great achievement acknowledged by the others and a proud moment for that person in particular.
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