Waterford Greenway
Waterford Greenway
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Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46 km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line which runs between Waterford and Dungarvan. From the Viking City alongside the River Suir, out by Mount Congreve Gardens, through Kilmacthomas, across eleven bridges, over three impressive viaducts and through a 400m long tunnel; with wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains and Dungarvan Bay.
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  • Harley M
    Dublin, Ireland14 contributions
    Highly Recommended for whatever age group and type of traveller
    I cycled this Greenway twice - Dungarvan / Waterford / Dungarvan with a friend in lovely May weather. This was our third time cycling this Greenway and it gets better each time with more facilities. The Coach house which is almost equidistant from Dungarvan & Waterford is a particularly great stopping off point. Also the hotels in both places are now geared up and welcoming to cyclists on the Greenway.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 2, 2023
  • JC Dubois
    Chamonix, France5 contributions
    Waterford Countryside unlocked
    This is a beautiful velo route on the old Waterford to Cork train line that has now been extended right into Waterford city! We brought our own bikes but there is bike hire in both Waterford and Dungarvan, you can cycle one way and leave your bike in either town. Overall a lovely day out
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • fobl11
    Birmingham, United Kingdom661 contributions
    The locals are so lucky to have this!
    Me and my family went on the Suir Valley Railway, so we parked in their car park and then went for an hour's walk along the Greenway. As our kids are 3 and 6, we couldn't really see too much of it, but it was fantastic for the kids to have a safe and enjoyable ride on their bikes for as far as they could manage. I'd read that this was the best section for families with young kids, from Kilmeaden and it proved to be so. Nice and flat. I really hope to return one day to check out more if not all of the Greenway.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • 1907Dee
    Sligo, Ireland130 contributions
    Enjoyable Experience
    I cycled the Greenway from Dungarvan to Waterford City. As none of the bike hire companies offer a shuttle service, I returned to Dungarvan via the (Cork) Bus Eireann service. There are a number of places along the route to stop for food including some nice picnic spots and children's playgrounds. There are public toilets at different location's along the route. There is also a bottle refill and bike pump station on the route (but only one that I noticed so better to be prepared regardless). I found the route to be very safe and well marked, the only downside was the roadworks on the last section on the approach to Waterford City meant you either have to cycle on a busy public road or push the bike along inside cones adjacent to the road. I had hoped to visit Congrieve Gardens on the way but while they provide some bike stands, there is nothing to secure your bike lock onto so I wasn't comfortable leaving the bike unattended. Otherwise I found the experience thoroughly enjoyable and suitable for all ages and abilities.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Lee T
    Manchester, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Good Day Out
    The Greenway is a really good idea fir a family day out. Bikes are easy to hire if cycling is what you want to do. We cycled from Waterford to Dungarvan. It’s full of beautiful scenery. If I was to go it again I would drive to the midway point at The Coach house , Kilmacthomas and ride to Dungarvan and back. It’s more scenic with viaducts, a tunnel and a sea view.to finish off with. The Coach House also does fantastic food.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
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Glasnevin_tourist
Dundrum, Ireland83 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Hired bikes from Waterford Greenway Bike Hire - €25 each for the day. Adequate and can be dropped off at a number of points along the way. If you get a puncture they will call out to you along the way to sort it. Very pleasant staff. Two callouts:
1) book in advance - a number of people turned up on spec but there was no availability for them
2) because of c19 the shuttle bus isn’t operating. We got the Bus Éireann from Dungarvan back to Waterford - chaos because of limited seating and increased demand from Greenway cyclists. Some people who were queueing for Bus Éireann well in advance were left behind. Waterford Greenway Bike Hire need to reinstate their bus even with a limited capacity/ price premium as this took the good out of the experience.

We started in Waterford and used park and ride on the quays. Parking is cheap.

We brought pack lunches and stopped off In Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan. There are cafes and other places to eat along the way too. Nice exploring those towns. And Waterford is also worth exploring and good to ramble about with plenty of food choices too.

Recommended.
Written July 29, 2020
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hamthelad
Ireland7 contributions
Aug 2020
My twin daughters and I traveled to Kilmacthomas to complete the Kilmacthomas to Dungarvin section of the Waterford Greenway. We hired bicycles at Greenway visitors centre and cycled 24km route. Weather wise it was stunning, allowing us enjoy the beautiful scenery and smooth cycle path. I would highly recommend this cycle although I have only given Waterford Greenway a 4 star rating for one small but very important reason and that is the public toilet facilities at Kilmacthomas visitors centre were locked. Waterford County Council in their wisdom have locked the facilities as part of their "Covid 19" restrictions. The only toilets available were located in the visitor centre cafe, so instead of providing a viable alternative everyone has to buy something at the restaurant and queue up to use the cafe toilets i.e. funneling a lot of patrons into a small area, what joined up thinking by Waterford CoCo.
Written August 31, 2020
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Sheila F
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Beautiful scenery and we loved cycling on the track with no cars. We hired bicycles in Waterford City some of us a little lazier hired battery bikes well worth the extra money. We cycled from Waterford City to Kilmacthomas and back so 25km there and 25km back as the shuttle buses weren't running. We stopped off in Kilmeadan where there is a little coffee/ice cream shop and a small train station. Very quaint.
Written July 20, 2020
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Sarah
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Aug 2020
The Waterford Greenway is a wonderful resource available to the people of Waterford and visitors alike. The entire Greenway is 46km from Waterford to Dungarvan, however the best part is from Durrow to Dungarvan (approx 10km).
The cycle path is wide and is relatively flat the whole way. Kids and adults of all ages and abilities should be able to manage to cycle along.

I would recommend renting bikes and starting in Dungarvan, we used O’Mahony’s bike rental as they were the cheapest I could find (€15 each for an adult bike). The bikes were comfortable and easy to us!

Cycle to Durrow and stop for some packed lunch goodies and enjoy the amazing 400m tunnel once again on your way back as well as the beautiful views of the water.
Written August 19, 2020
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Sam186605
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
Jul 2020
Hi did the Greenway on a Sunday in July. we started in Dungarven and had no problem in hiring bikes at short notice. There are three or four operators and they all came with helmets. Only thing that i would check for in future is a bike lock and to make sure bell is working. We traveled 30k out and 30k back and stopped in Kilmacthomas on way out small coffee shop very friendly and there is also a Centra Shop if you want to pick up supplies and the Coach out cafe ion way back. Really enjoyable. Only advice is that i would not do it on a Sunday again as it is fairly crowded with families and small children and would pick a quieter day. But worth doing.
Written August 10, 2020
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Seamus M
Dublin, Ireland18 contributions
Jul 2020
We had heard so much about the Waterford Greenway that on a recent trip down my wife and I took the bikes and decided to sample it for ourselves. We are both retirees who don’t cycle frequently but like to try the increasing number of trails popping up - we had cycled Mullraney/Newport/Achill last year.
The Kilmacthomas to Dungarvon section was recommended to us so we parked up there and took off. What a treat! The track surface is brilliant and although quite busy most cyclists observed proper etiquette. The route to Dungarvon is spectacular with tunnels and viaducts and generally downhill ( meaning steady uphill on way back!! ). There are some laybys with tables to take a break although a few more would be useful. There was absolutely no litter on the route, which reflects very well on those who use it. Full marks to Waterford County Council - you have a tremendous tourist asset there.
Probably we were a little too adventurous on our trip and a shorter section would have sufficed for our first attempt. There are other access points we might use next time. Fully recommended.
Written July 30, 2020
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lipsmargery
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
Aug 2020
Just a note about Dungarvan, which though is undoubtedly a very nice town, with lots to offer, needs to get with the programme in terms of how it welcomes the many Greenway cyclists who arrive into town.

As I arrived via the Greenway, I would say however that it came as a bit of a shock to see the amount of cars in town, with very little facilities for cyclists (no cycle lanes, very few bike racks, no cycle related signage etc.) The town council have some work to do to make things more cycle friendly, however I believe that adapting to the Greenway will take time, and hopefully this will be prioritised. Greenway cyclists shouldn't have to fear for their life upon arrival, because they have entered the kingdom of the motorcar.

I was with a friend, and there were only two of us to run the gauntlet of the many one way streets, packed with parked cars, and traffic jams, with no idea of where we could cycle in safety, park our bikes, and generally avoid getting knocked down. I didn't see a single cycle lane anywhere in town, which I found amazing. A family of cyclists with small children, coming off the Greenway, would be genuinely terrified, and rightly so.

Dungarvan : it's time for some joined up thinking !
Written August 31, 2020
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skels0
County Dublin, Ireland8 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
This beautiful bike path is a must for all visitors to the Republic of Ireland. If you are not a cyclist, I recommend you hire an electric bike so you can still enjoy this amazing adventure. From Waterford, you’ll enjoy the first 23 kilometers of lush green pastures and gorgeous Irish country landscape along both sides of the path. I’d recommend stopping for water, coffee and a warm scone at the coffee shop along the Greenway mile marker 23. It’s too nice to pass up and it’ll give you a nice excuse to take a break.
From here, continue on to Dungarvan — you don’t want to miss this special second half of the Greenway. The tunnels, magical fairy kingdom and Dungarvan bay are breathtaking. I’m so glad I continued on to complete the ride. Plus the village of Dungarvan is colorful and inviting you’ll want to stick around for lunch or a snack.
The entire 46 kilometers of Greenway is smooth and solid path making it a comfortable ride. I highly recommend the Waterford Greenway.
Written September 18, 2021
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CBCBegur
Begur, Spain94 contributions
Sep 2021
We really enjoyed this Greenway on electric bikes. It is relatively flat but were happy to have the 'assist' from time to time. There were a couple of bike hire shops in Dungarvan but one was fully booked when we went so suggest that if this is something you want to do you book in advance.
Written September 26, 2021
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HeidiIreland
Dublin, Ireland26 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
A highlight in our Waterford adventure! We are 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 12 and 10). We cycled from Kilmacthomas Greenway car park to just after Ballyvoyle tunnel and back - roughly 30 km round trip. The track is all off road apart from a few road crossings so felt safe. Ballyvoyle tunnel is lovely with fairy doors left on either side of it - pretty special.

My top tips are - bring some snacks and liquids and a small bike kit (we had an issue with a seat on one bike and regretted not bringing a kit with us). We also went when there was just a light rain mist and it was lovely and refreshing and not very busy. As it started drying off, it got busier. Enjoy!
Written August 7, 2020
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