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Sandy Cove Loop - 15 Kilometres

Check In SAT 15th SEPT 2018 at Kinsale Community School(51.70428, -8.53059) at 09.45am - 10.45am

The Sandy Cove Loop begins at the Kinsale Community School and heads Southwest to the Northern bank of the Bandon River where it turns left, heads across the bridge and again turns left.
At Castlepark below James' Fort the walk turns Southwest and continues along the road for about 4 Kilometres passing the charming Sandy Cove Creek and climbing the hill at Ardkilly to Ballymacaw.
The walk turns south and on reaching the high ground the whole point of this walk becomes apparent.
Wonderful views are to be seen to the east, including the Sovereigns and Preghane Point.
The walk swings East all the time dropping down to the coast, affording the walker different views over the sea.
At Courtaparteen the walk enters a small wood and passes through a ruined village reported to have been abandoned during the famine. Emerging from the wood and passing a ruined church the walk arrives at the coast and follows the coastal path to the village of Sandy Cove.
After Sandy Cove the walk follows the road along the edge of Sandy Cove Creek to rejoin the outward leg at the head of the creek. The walk then retraces itself past Castlepark and over the bridge to the Community School.

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Haven to Harbour Walk- 15 Kilometres

Check In SUNDAY 16TH SEPT 2018 at Kinsale Rugby Club(51.70702, -849157) at 09.45am - 10.45am

The Haven to Harbour Loop begins at the Kinsale Rugby Club and heads southeast along the road before entering the grounds of the MacDonald Hotel and heading Northeast to meet the Western Shore of Oysterhaven Bay.
There follows a delightful woodland walk before emerging into the open at Ferry Point where there are wonderful views into Oysterhaven
The walk swings Southwest along the coast crossing Ballymacus Creek, the old Rifle Range and on to Preghane Point.
The views along this section are spectacular with a panorama from the approaches to Cork Harbour in the east to the Old Head of Kinsale in the west.
At Preghane Point the walk swings North along the Eastern shore of Kinsale Harbour passing Lower and Middle Coves before arriving at the magnificent Charles Fort. The walk then swings Northeast along the road to return to the Rugby Club.

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