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 this 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 friendly service is 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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Another great bike ride on this popular route! Slight delay at start point sorting out some ill fitting helmets and a puncture. Fair play to two of the guys, they would have been a credit to a pitstop crew in the time it took to sort out the puncture. Team work at its best. Helmets, puncture and briefing over, we set off but not before welcoming two new participants. We were un lucky heading for the ferry with a light shower of rain. Thankfully it didn't dampen the mood and didn't go on too long. Across on the ferry to Cobh and weather good again, we travelled on to the Cobh promenade and coffee. Arriving, we encountered a hive of activity as a market was in full swing with stalls of various types. We stuck with our regular food wagon , “Truly Scrumptious ” and as always a great welcome, good food and coffee. Our stop became an hour such was the atmosphere and leisurely feel to the day. As ever, great interaction and craic with the staff of Truly Scrumptious and other people on the promenade. Stories exchanged and a great feel good factor to it all. Time to go and back to the ferry and our initial start point at Blackrock pier in sunshine. But not before a cycle trip to Roscoff was in the air via the ferry from Ringaskiddy!!!!!!!!!
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