The new Waterford Greenway is Ireland’s longest dedicated off-road cycle and walkway, a 46km route which covers the old railway line from Waterford to Dungarvan in the west of the county.
The Greenway opened on March 25th this year – fifty years to the day since the last passenger train ran on the line.
Already, it’s clear to be a success. Little wonder given the quality of it, the mountain and coastal scenery, and the points of interest along the line.
We based ourselves in Dungarvan on the western end of the Greenway. A prosperous and picturesque town, it also is one of the culinary capitals of the country, including The Tannery Restaurant and the annual West Waterford Festival of Food.
On last week’s Travel Tuesday on Newstalk FM we tracked the route. Check out the podcast here.
Leaving Dungarvan, you pass close by (and over) Clonea Strand – a magnificent wide beach that is the base for summer holiday makers and year round walkers.
The old Durrow station, a rainforest like cutting and a 500 metre long tunnel are also features here.
The Comeragh Mountains loom above and the route continues to Kilmacthomas, half way to Waterford. You’ll see – and cross – a magnificent viaduct as you arrive here.
Stop at the Coach House for a snack, coffee or a rest, a preserved old workhouse which housed the poor and destitute after the Irish Famine.
Kilmeaden next is home to the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway, a narrow gauge vintage railway line over 8.5km which operates hourly throughout its season.
Mount Congreve is next with its grounds and gardens, one of the world’s largest private collections of flowers and plants, and with walking trails of anything up to two hours.
Bike hire is available right along the route at various points, including from CycleSports in Dungarvan.
Remember to check out the podcast, and tune in every Tuesday after 1.30pm Irish time on Newstalk FM.