Waterford Greenway

The old railway line from Waterford City to Dungarvan is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail which travels through time and nature across eleven bridges, three impressive viaducts and a long atmospheric tunnel all the way from the River Suir to Dungarvan Bay. Along this route in Ireland’s Ancient East is the site of a 9th century Viking settlement; the world renowned ornamental gardens at Mount Congreve; Waterford & Suir Valley narrow gauge heritage railway; former woollen mills and railway stations; and beautiful landscapes along the River Suir, Comeragh Mountains, The Copper Coast and Dungarvan Bay. Enjoy the beautiful journey.

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Vikings, Valleys and Viaducts: Take a beautiful journey and explore the hidden gems along the Waterford Greenway.

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The Waterford Greenway Journey

Whether you decide to take on the entire 46km Waterford Greenway all in one go or break it into sections, there’s one thing for sure; you will enjoy the Beautiful Journey! Click on the suggested Greenway sections below for more information.

  • Waterford City to Killoteran - 7.5km

    Beginning at Grattan Quay, this section winds its way westward along the River Suir, passing the old Red Iron Bridge, the impressive Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge and on towards W.I.T. West Campus. On this section you will pass the Woodstown Viking site, where, in 2003 archaeologists uncovered extensive finds from a 9th Century Viking site that predates Waterford City. Artefacts are on display in Reginald’s Tower Museum in the city. The site is not accessible but can be seen (viewing eastwards) from Killoteran bridge where there is a very impressive four bay limekiln. This was used to burn lime for farming and whitewashing houses in the 19th Century.

    Parking:
    Grattan Quay, Waterford City 52.264399, -7.120462
    Bilberry 52.269717, -7.137518
    WIT West Campus 52.25464, -7.18054
    Killoteran 52.24492, -7.20525

     

  • Killoteran to Kilmeadan - 3km

    Looking for a bite-sized experience of the Waterford Greenway? Then this 3km section is for you. This short stretch is very suitable for those with small children or reduced mobility. This section runs past the beautiful Mount Congreve Gardens with its magnificent collection of Azaleas, Camellias and Rhododendron. There are beautiful views of the River Suir where you might spot a heron or an otter, shady trees and the 17th Century ruins of Kilmeadean Castle. At Kilmeadean Station you can enjoy a snack and take a trip on the narrow gauge Waterford & Suir Valley heritage train. www.wsvrailway.ie.

    Parking:
    Killoteran 52.24492, -7.20525
    Kilmeadan 52.24644, -7.24664

  • Kilmeadan to Kilmacthomas - 13.5km

    Heading west from Kilmeadan Station, look out for the chimney stack of Fairbrook Mill; an 18th century paper mill, which became a woollen mill in later years. You can also visit the gardens at Fairbrook House www.Fairbrook-House.com. This section of the Greenway is the most pastoral, a gentle farming landscape with views of the Comeragh Mountains as you approach Kilmacthomas. Look out for the old workhouse which dates from 1850 and now the site of a bustling café. You are only 1km away from Kilmacthomas Village at this point.

    Parking:
    Kilmeadan 52.24644, -7.24664
    Workhouse 52.20199, -7.40631
    Station 52.20609, -7.42098

  • Kilmacthomas to Durrow - 12km

    You will find more places to exit and stop for refreshments in Kilmacthomas. You can also get great views of the impressive viaduct (1878) from the village, best seen from Millennium Park. Back on the Greenway and heading towards Durrow, enjoy great views of the Comeragh Mountains. Cross over Durrow Viaduct, past the ruins of Durrow Station and a simple red-roofed building that was the local dancehall of the 1940s and 50s. O’Mahony’s of Durrow is a great place to stop for ice cream and a drink.

    Parking:
    Station 52.20609, -7.42098
    Mill 52.205858, -7.424621
    McGraths Cross 52.1899, -7.46559
    Durrow 52.129048, -7.506394

  • Durrow to Clonea Road - 6km

    This spectacular section of the Greenway travels through the atmospherically lit 400 metre long Ballyvoyle Tunnel and over the historic Ballyvoyle Viaduct which was blown up in 1922 during the Civil War. Inhale the sea air as you approach breathtaking views of Clonea Strand and Dungarvan Bay. At Knockyoolahan you can see across to Helvic Head and An Rinn – Waterford’s only Gaeltacht area.

    Parking:
    Durrow 52.129048, -7.506394
    Clonea Road 52.100245, -7.565395

  • Clonea Road to Dungarvan - 4km

    The final leg of the Greenway runs along the coastline, over the causeway, through Abbeyside and into Dungarvan, a vibrant coastal market town with a picturesque quayside. A short detour will take you to the beautiful, sandy, blue flag beach of Clonea Strand.The beautiful journey comes to an end in Walton Park right in the centre of Dungarvan, where you can enjoy some great cafes and restaurants and visit Dungarvan Castle, Waterford County Museum and the Old Market House Arts Centre.

    Parking:
    Clonea Road 52.100245, -7.565395
    Dungarvan 52.092489, -7.616947

Bike Hire Operators

Hiring a bike on Waterford Greenway? Click on the bike hire businesses listed below for details on how to hire a bike on Waterford Greenway.

The Award Winning Waterford Greenway

Waterford Greenway has been nominated for and received a number of prestigious awards and accolades since the official opening back in March 2017.

These awards recognise the fantastic work that has gone into the development of this Greenway. Visit Waterford Greenway today to see for yourself!

Award Date Category
Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards Winners 2017 November 2017 Supporting Tourism sponsored by Failte Ireland
LAMA All Ireland Community and Council Awards February 2018 Best Tourism Initiative and Overall Grand Prix award.
Entente Florale September 2018 Jury Chair’s Award for the Mitigation of Climate Change 2018
Irish Tourism Industry Awards February 2019 Finalist for Best Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism Experience (Large).
Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards January 2019 Winner 2019: Ireland’s Favourite Adventure