National Hill Climb Championships 2015 took place on the 3rd of October. Organised very well by the Valley Wheelers Cycling Club of Ballingeary, in Co. Cork. It was a tough circuit of over 6 KM starting with the first half of fast rolling countryside but ending with a steep climb of over 2 KM to the finish line. Over 50 riders took part and the club were fortunate to get some podium places for their own members. It was a great day out and hope all enjoyed themselves.
Should be possible to spot yourself in the video. My Neil rode the circuit before hand with the camera to get some riding shots.
Goula Beara Cork, a walk to take some photos and generally enjoy the “360” degree view from the top. Not a bad day in January for a walk. I did not want to drive to Hungry hill so I could save on the petrol, sorry to Paul O’Shea about that. Goula has a great view from the top overlooking Dursey Island. You can also see, Bere Island, Calf Rock, Cow Rock, Bull Rock, the Skelligs, Scariff and Deenish Islands from the top and the town of Castletownbere the biggest white fish port of Ireland. Today was not perfect but for this time of year a nice couple of hours if a bit cold on top, especially when you stop to take photos and make a short film. There is a link at the bottom of this page to the video on youtube….
Goula Beara Cork
Looking towards Garnish and Dursey Island
Twisting track up to the Boosters on top of Goula
Bull Rock, Cow Rock (just about) and the Calf Rock
Black Ball Head
Allihies Copper Mine “Man Engine”
Scariff and Deenish Islands
Boosters on top of Goula Beara Cork
Another view of Allihies
Bere Island in full
Evidence of Turf Cutting
Allihies was a major copper producer in the 1800’s and for a short while was the worlds largest producer of copper ore. There are many remains of Cornish mine engine buildings, and hundreds of meters of mine adits and shafts. There is also a very good museum. check out the link Allihies copper mine museum
Hungry Hill Saturday 30th November 2013 a nice 2.5 hours walk from above Rossmackowan to the top and back with Paul O’Shea, Joe Hanley, Sheila Sheehan and John Joe. Beautiful conditions for the time of year. Had a slight fall on the way down and damaged a finger and my zoom lens. But hey ho, he who dares and all that.
Nearly every Saturday a group leaves the garage east end of town to walk up Hungry Hill, all are welcome. Speak to Paul O’Shea at the garage behind Centra shop.