Walk the Line…


Blackrock Castle

Blackrock Castle

My friends and I often do a 2 hour walk in Blackrock, about 20 minutes from Cork city.   A lot of this walk goes along the Marina, on the south bank of the River Lee where it runs into Cork Harbour by Blackrock Castle

Dogs, cyclists, runners, walkers

.   The return part of the walk goes along the old railway line which ran from Cork city to Blackrock, a line which has long since been closed.   There are a lot of walks around this part of Cork which were railway lines up to the 1950s, but when cars and other forms of transportation became more plentiful, it was felt that the trains were no longer needed, and a lot of the tracks were taken up.    With the amount of traffic on the roads nowadays, some of these old railway lines are being utilised once more.

Here are some shots of this very popular amenity for walkers, cyclists, joggers, runners and families and dog walkers.

Old railway station on the railway line

Bridge over the line

And this is one of the places where you can start or end the walk, Blackrock Castle, at the mouth of Cork Harbour.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Livonne
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 14:17:50

    Thanks to you and your beautiful photos, my itinerary is getting longer by the minute lol. Simply stunning as usual 🙂

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  2. Tish Farrell
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 14:32:46

    What a lovely walk. Thanks for taking us along.

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  3. Maison Bentley Style
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 18:37:06

    Beautiful pictures! I was with you.. xxx

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  4. Roy McCarthy
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 18:49:41

    Thanks Joan, I know those walks pretty well, plus a part of the Cork Marathon goes along the Passage line. Fair play to those that turned the old lines into such a wonderful amenity.

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    • joanfrankham
      Dec 02, 2013 @ 19:02:32

      Yes indeed, the walks are very popular, I was on the Passage line a few weeks ago, and the Council have now put up some outdoor exercise equipment to help people tone up before the walk!

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  5. meticulousmick
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 20:26:44

    Joan, we might even have passed each other a number of times along this way. Look out for the Hound, he was down by Atlantic Pond today….💚

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  6. KerryCan
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 23:09:46

    What a wonderful place to walk! It looks so varied and interesting.

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  7. wildsherkin
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 21:26:15

    Joan, we might all bump into each other some day! When not on Sherkin, I often walk the line! I really like the picture of you 🙂

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  8. mrsgillies
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 09:42:56

    Such history! Beautiful.

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