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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