Get a different view of Bandon by walking the streets and meeting the people of the town.
Start at the bridge. Travel out the Dunmanway road and turn left and return via Laurel walk. Upon your return turn right at the town hall and go over the footbridge. Travel past the Garda station on Weir Street. Continue as per walk 3 but this time take a right by the GAA club and travel the bypass. Turn left at the roundabout at the base of the hill and return to the bridge.
This walk is along the Old West Cork Railway through the wooded area between Innishannon and Bandon. The walk is located beside the main Bandon to Cork Road and offers the walker some spectacular views of the Bandon Valley. A favourite for young and old alike. Distance: 3.2km
Start at Mc Swiney / Mc Sweeney Quay. Travel west and turn left onto Weir Street, turn right at the South Main Street junction and pass St Peter’s church on your left. Turn left beyond the church and travel uphill. This is Chapel Street. Continue on this road until you come to a grotto on your right. Turn left and follow the road back to the town centre via New Road, Market Street, South Main Street & Bridge Street. Distance: 2.3km
Starting from the Texaco at the Cork side of Bandon, take the bypass that travels south of the town and brings you to the Kilbrittain Road. Distance: 3.4km via the bypass only, bypass and return through town is 3.5km. Another option is to continue down past the GAA club, take a right, make your way past the Kevin O’Leary garage, travel through the town and return to your starting point.
Starting at the Post Office go up North Main Street and right up Kilbrogan Hill. Continue over the crest of the hill and past St Brogans. Turn right and return to the Post Office after coming down the Cork Road (turn right at the bottom of the hill and you are back at the Post Office). Distance: 1.9km .
There is another more popular option of turning left at the top of Kilbrogan Hill onto Convent Hill, then right and past the Athletic and Soccer Club’s pitches on your right. Continue right and uphill. Then take another right, which will bring you back down to the Macroom Road and then a left after the Hawthorns down onto the Cork Road and back to the Old Post Office.
Travel up O’Mahoney Avenue and then take a left to go down Doherty’s Road. Stay left and take the main road back into town passing a bar / restaurant on your left. Continue into town and cross over to the right hand side of the road having passed the entrance to St Patrick’s Church. Continue past Patrick’s Quay and take a left towards South Main Street just after the public car park. Cross South Main Street to Bridge Street and then turn left onto McSwiney Quay. Turn left at the end of the main quay passing the Garda Station on your right. Take a right on South Main Street to bring you back to St Peters. Distance 2.8km.
Follow North Main Street and go out the Dunmanway Road. At the edge of the town after c. 1 mile you can take a left and this will bring you back to Allen Square via the Laurel Walk. Distance: 3km.