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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The morning started off foggy but still with good visibility, so we commenced our bike ride as planned. There was one new participant to the group, who was made welcome by all. Stopping at Garryvoe Beach on route for a photo, we continued to Ballycotton, with our support leader, Aisling, adjusting nicely to the role. At our coffee stop, The Trawl Door, in Ballycotton, we received our usual warm welcome and the food and coffee were top notch. Fed and watered, we headed to Ballycotton Pier for a photo before heading back to Castlemartyr. Unfortunately, taking a tumble can be a hazard of cycling and a short distance before finishing our new addition came off his bike. Thankfully there were no serious injuries and we were able to apply a bit of first aid to some road rash. Satisfied that we could continue, we cycled the short distance to the finish and home.
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