Look Up Look Down Challenge : Week 26

For this week’s challenge I am looking up at some of the trees in Curragh Woods, near Midleton, there are some magnificent trees there, with lots of moss and vegetation underneath.   The woods are very popular with walkers and runners, and are easily accessible from the city, if you want to get away for a few hours.  You can find several different types of trees in these woods, such as beech, chestnut, oak, larch and Douglas fir.   At the top of the woods is a ring fort, with a clearing in the middle, and when the bluebells are in bloom (April/May) there is a beautiful carpet of bluebells underfoot.

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Tall trees

Tall trees

And my ‘looking down’ photo is one of Cork City, taken from the top of St Patrick’s Hill and looking down on the main street of the city, St. Patrick’s Street.

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Check out this link to see some more entries in this challenge.

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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