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!
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.
Blackrock Castle, Cork
Here are some more images from our day.