Route: The Many Bridges of Cork City (Ireland)

Submitted by rsweet on Thu, 01/06/2022 - 10:05am
Co. Cork, IE
10.4 km
Vertical Gain
42 m

This route takes you on a tour around the beautiful 'real capital' of Ireland, Cork, via some of its iconic bridges (and some newer, less iconic ones!). You will completely circumnavigate the central part of the city, crossing back and forth across the two channels of the River Lee, and pass by some of the major landmarks including the National Monument, St Fin Barre's Cathedral, University College Cork, the Father Matthew Statue and the Shakey Bridge. Photos highly recommended!

The route is a loop, and can be run from any point and in either direction. 25 bridges must be crossed once and only once; the exception is wherever you start - because of the odd number of bridges you may cross again at the end to complete your loop. This list works clockwise from the Mardyke Bridge, adjacent to the Cricket Club, which will be a convenient start point for many.  You can run any route you want as long as you cross the bridges - maybe you can find a more efficient route!

  1. Markdyke Bridge
  2. St Vincent's Bridge
  3. Griffith Bridge
  4. Shandon Bridge
  5. Christy Ring Bridge
  6. St Patrick's Bridge
  7. Mary Elmes Bridge
  8. Brian Boru Bridge
  9. Michael Collins Bridge
  10. Eamon de Valera Bridge
  11. Colontarf Bridge
  12. Parnell Bridge
  13. Trinity Bridge
  14. Parliament Bridge
  15. Nano Nagle Bridge
  16. South Gate Bridge
  17. Clarke's Bridge
  18. St Finn Barre's Bridge
  19. Donavan's Bridge
  20. Gaol Bridge
  21. Unnamed pedestrian bridge in the UCC Health Sciences Campus
  22. O'Neill Crowley Bridge (George IV Bridge)
  23. Unnamed pedestrian bridge from Carrigrohane Road to Western Road
  24. Thomas Davy Bridge
  25. Daly's Bridge (Shakey Bridge)

Finally return to your starting point.

Six bridges are not required as part of the route; these are all on the southern branch of the river:

  • Two adjacent bridges which are not through routes, providing only access to Lancaster Lodge and The River Lee Hotel.
  • Two adjacent bridges in the main UCC Campus which may on occasion be closed
  • Two adjacent bridges providing access to the UCC Castlewhite Apartments and Bon Secours hospital, which are on private property

The route is just over 10km and entirely paved. It is almost completely flat except for a couple of short, sharp hills. Care must be taken in relation to traffic in the centre of the city.

GPS Track