A Sunday Stroll by the Castle


Today is a beautiful autumn day in Cork, calm, cloudy, 14 degrees, no rain, so 4 of us decided to do a walk around Blackrock village and the old railway line from Cork to Rochestown, which has been turned into a walkers’ and cyclists’ amenity.   We parked by Blackrock Castle and planned to do the 10km circular walk, which usually takes about 2 hours at a reasonable pace.   However, as 3 of us girls hadn’t seen each other for at least a month, and we hadn’t seen our fourth companion for at least 4 months, there was a lot of catching up to do, and our brisk walk turned into a Sunday stroll, not helped by the fact that we discovered a new cafe on the way back through Blackrock village, and just had to stop and sample their coffee and cakes!

We came across a very clever camouflage job that the authorities have done to hide an ugly sewerage plant along the walk.  it comes complete with ladybirds!

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good camoflauge

good camoflauge

Blackrock Castle is a 16th century situated on the River Lee at the mouth of Cork Harbour.   It has been restored in recent years, and now houses an Observatory and a Restaurant, and is a great meeting place for the many walkers and cyclists that use the area.   The observatory also hosts lots of school tours and ‘space camps’ during the summer months.

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Blackrock Castle, Cork

Here are some more images from our day.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeffrey
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 18:14:20

    I am your fan. Lovely photos and always good reading.

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  2. YellowCable
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 20:57:01

    A clever way to make unattractive item to be an attractive or interesting item.

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  3. Livonne
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 12:08:02

    Your photos of Ireland make me more determined than ever to get there. Thank you for continuing to inspire me 🙂

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