Easy Going

Castlemartyr to Ballycotton

Centra car park, Main St. Castlemartyr
Group size
16 Participants
All Bikes

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, Garryvoe beach, Ballycotton pier and at Ballymaloe Cafe.

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Leader Recommendations
Rain Jacket
Spare inner tube
Money for a Cuppa
Hand Sanitizer
Face Mask
Mark Cronin
Mark Cronin


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.

Group structure

16 Participants

1 Leader


Mark Cronin
Mark Cronin
Aisling Whooley
Leader Comments
Mark Cronin

A grey morning, but dry with a slight wind chill today. Definitely double socks and warm windproof layers required. But all were good and all were looking forward to a catch up and cycle. Joining us today was Des, another familiar AXA Community Bike Ride Leader, but in an “off duty” role. Just out for the spin. We set off for our first stop at Garryvoe beach, with a brief stop here, for the view and a group photo. “Encouraged” by our support leader, Aisling (a leader in waiting), to get going, we continued towards Ballycotton. We were looking forward to our refreshments at “The Trawl Door”. It never disappoints, as the food and coffee is always good with temptation awaiting all who enter. And yes, as usual, with a warm welcome from the staff,  we succumbed. Dining outside, we enjoyed the food, company and chat, before heading for a brief stop at Ballycotton Harbour. Here we turned and headed on our return leg through the grounds of Ballymaloe house. Continuing on and eventually arriving back at Castlemartyr safe and sound, happy with the cycle and planning for one after Christmas. A great day and great company. 

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