***Exploring Ireland: The Waterford Greenway***

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A different kinda Saturday

Last weekend, we decided to do something a little different.  Different like cycling 23.5 kms!!  But this was not just any cycle – you may have heard about the recent opening of the gorgeous Waterford Greenway.  A whole 45km of beautiful scenery stretching from Dungarvan as far as Waterford City along old railway tracks.

Waterford Greenway, Tunnels

What’s on Offer

You can cycle or walk the Waterford Greenway and there is plenty of bike hire on offer at various points – check our their website where you can get the full breakdown on routes and pick-up points – they also have a free app which is super handy.  It really is such a great day out with gorgeous scenery, from coastline to viaducts, through the Ballyvoyle Tunnel (kids will love this) and views of the Comeragh Mountains.

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Bike Hire

We picked up our bikes from Waterford Greenway Bike Hire in Dungarvan – they cost €20 per person for an adult for the whole day, helmets included – and set off on our merry way.  Honestly, we couldn’t have picked a better day to head out on the bikes, it was just perfect!  The route is also perfect for a family day out as it is so safe – there is the odd crossing through some minor roads and one major roadway as would be standard if you are doing the majority of the route but overall, very safe with cute play and picnic areas dotted along the way.  The majority of the route is quite flat also which helps, with the odd slight incline.

Viaduct, spring, summerr, Deise Greenway

Finishing up…

When we reached Kilmacthomas, we dropped our bikes at the visitor centre and settled down for a well deserved coffee.  The depot in Kilmacthomas is a converted former Famine Workhouse and it has undergone such an amazing transformation.  You will find good coffee, drinks, snacks and lunches in the gorgeous café, Coach House Coffee.  A lot of families and friends tended to park up here, go for a walk or a cycle and have lunch here too with plenty of seating outside on offer with space for the kids to play!

The only one flaw I had with the day was a two hour wait for a shuttle bus in Kilmacthomas to get back to Dungarvan!!  Whilst we were initially advised there would be a wait of up to 1 hour, this did materialise into two, but it is just getting up and running and they assured us they would get more shuttle buses on the Greenway going forward which I have no doubt they will given the amazing work and organization that has gone into it so far.

Of course, if you are super fit, you can do the whole route to Waterford City and get the shuttle bus from there, or cycle back to Dungarvan.  The final point to note: Have a good soak in a bath of Epsom salts after the long cycle and beware of sore butts the day after!!

Happy exploring!

C XX

 

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