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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Well, the day began good weather wise and improved as the day progressed; in keeping with our run of good weather on our bike rides. The regulars had been looking forward to getting out together again and our new “recruit” was looking forward to the experience and we didn't disappoint. A bit cold to start but spirits were high and we had coffee and treats to look forward to. The comraderie was evident amongst the group as we caught up with each other. Arriving in Cobh at the JFK Park we received a great welcome and some good banter from the crew of “Truly Scrumptious “. We had been looking forward to dining here again as the food is home made and Truly Scrumptious! Good coffee too of course!
We dined alfresco looking out at Spike island, Haulbowline and the vastness of Cork Harbour. Some of us had seconds before leaving and a free home made Flapjack. An ideal snack on a cycle. However, before we could leave Cobh we were waylaid by a bunch of runners in fancy dress who invited us into their group photo. They were in high form and great craic. We just always seem to have great interaction with people on our AXA Community Bike Rides. Finally, but also too soon, as the craic was too good, we arrived back at our initial start point. Some of the group had a final coffee together but all looking forward to our next outing.
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