Enjoy a B&B or Self Catering holiday in Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

How Long Is Waterford Greenway?

 

One of the most common questions we get asked by guests coming to cycle Waterford's amazing Greenway cycle and walking path is "how long is the Greenway in total" and do we have to cycle the entire length at once?

 

End to end, Waterford Greenway is 46km (29 miles) long from its start in Dungarvan to its finish on the outskirts of Waterford City. However, you don't have to cycle its entire length in one go. Different ways on and off the Greenway are available along its length with an average distance of 10km between these points.

 

While for some people, a 96km round trip end to end on the Greenway might seem daunting, there are a few nice alternatives to cycling it all at once. The Greenway can be done quickly and simply by taking bite-sized 10km chunks with car parking, toilets, and cafes available at each end. Here are three of our favorite short sections -  suitable for gentle family cycles or a longer walk/run.

Here are three of our favorite sections for short spins, long walks, or relaxed family cycles.

Dungarvan to Durrow 10km (6 miles)

 

The Greenway section which runs from Dungarvan to the Greenway car park at Durrow is, in our opinion, one of the most spectacular parts of any cycle path anywhere in the world. 

 

Starting from Dungarvan town (a must-visit destination in its own right) and traversing beautiful coastal scenes in Dungarvan harbour, this stretch runs parallel to the coast. As you leave Dungarvan harbor, peddling gently uphill, the spectacular panorama of Clonea Strand unfolds to your right-hand side. 

 

As you cross the Ballyvoyle Viaduct (famously blown up during the Irish War of Independence in 1921) imagine the scene 100 years ago where a train was left hanging from the remains of this bridge. 

 

Crossing the Ballyvoyle Viaduct. Photo by Jonathan Thacker

 

Soon you are brought into the otherworldly ambiance of Durrow railway tunnel which bores through the bedrock of the area and comes out into the light of Durrow Greenway car park. 

 

There are publicly accessible toilets across the road in Mahoney's pub on the right, a cool speaking post in the car park and a chance to grab a coffee or a bite to eat in the pub too. This stretch is often called "the golden mile". If you cycle here on sunny summer or autumn days, you will know why.

 

A trip back to Dungarvan is easily doable as a gentle freewheel. For the more adventurous there is a cycle route into the picturesque village of Stradbally which you can download here.

Durrow to Kilmacthomas 13km (8 miles)

Cycling east towards Waterford quickly takes you away from the coast and back inland through the gently rolling countryside of County Waterford. 

 

To your left, the imposing bulk of the Comeragh Mountains looms on the horizon with their glacial corries and crags visible on a sunny day. Shortly after pulling away from what was once a railway station in Durrow, you will be crossing another spectacular bridge. 

 

This time it is the Durrow Viaduct you cross. While this bridge did not have the misfortune of being blown up, it provides an awe-inspiring view none the less. 

 

The Durrow Viaduct. Photo by Jonathan Thacker

 

It's not long at all until the historic village of Kilmacthomas comes into view. Kilmacthomas, famous in Ireland as the home of Flahavans Porridge Oats, is an ancient Irish village that truly grabbed hold of the "Greenway Spirit." 

 

The town is always abuzz with the clanking of chains and the hum of locals and visitors alike coming and going from this popular midpoint of Waterford Greenway. As you cycle around the village, you will sometimes hear the bubbling of the river Mahon which, flowing from its source high in the Comeraghs, runs through the town and once powered oat grinding mills.

 

The next stop is the Workhouse - an old stone building from the 19th century which was built to house laborers during the horrific Irish famine of the 1840s. Thankfully the famine is long gone, and the Workhouse is now home to an excellent cafe and restaurant called Coach House Coffee.

Kilmeaden to Waterford City 10km (6 miles)

Starting at Kilmeaden Greenway car park, possibly after a trip on the unique Waterford and Suir Valley Railway, this route takes you towards the Greenways endpoint in Waterford City. The most apparent natural feature of this route is the majestic River Suir. 

 

River Suir from the Waterford and Suir Valley Railway. Photo by David Dixon. 

 

The Suir, one of Ireland's longest rivers,  is one of the "the three sisters" rivers - the name given to the Nore, Barrow and Suir, which make up the Southeast's significant Waterways. Cycling along the banks of the Suir with the gentle swaying of nearby trees in the wind is a truly calming experience and cannot be missed. 

 

Cycling along its length, you will soon find yourself in the palatial surrounds of the gardens of Mount Congreve House. Mount Congreve,  an amazingly diverse garden, can be accessed for a small fee and is undoubtedly worth a visit if you have a chance. There is also a small coffee shop here if you feel like a caffeine fix midway. 

A scented path in the Mount Congreve Gardens. Photo by David Dixon.

 

Leaving Mount Congreve, you might not know it, but you are soon passing by the ongoing excavations of one of the oldest Viking sites in all of Ireland at Woodstown. Many artifacts found here date from the 9th century AD and can be found on display in Waterford Treasures Museum in Waterford City. 

 

The route soon continues on the Bilberry Greenway Carpark from which Waterford City is only a very short spin away.

 

How Far Is the Greenway from Copper Coast Holidays in Bunmahon?

 

At its closest point, the Greenway is less than 10km from our accommodation in Bunmahon. If you need a lift or to rent a bike we are more than happy to help you out by bringing you to and from the Greenway and sorting you out with high quality and excellent value bike rentals. 

 

We are very proud here in the Copper Coast Holidays to have the Greenway at our doorstep and take a real delight in sharing this great experience with guests who come and stay with us in our B&B.

 

If you have any questions about the Greenway before coming to stay with us, feel free to contact us with your questions ahead of time.

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Michael & Ann O'Meara, Templeverick, Bonmahon, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

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