Waterford Greenway: Ireland’s longest greenway opens in Waterford
Ireland’s longest longest off-road walking and cycling experience, the Waterford Greenway, officially opened over the weekend – just in time for summer.
Costing €15 million, The Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan, operational from 1878 and was considered one of the most scenic routes in the country.
The last passenger train journey between Waterford and Dungarvan took place 50 years ago this weekend.
Ireland’s newest greenway takes in Waterford City, Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden, Kilmacthomas, Shanacool, Scartore and Dungarvan; offering a beautiful journey across three dramatic viaducts, 11 bridges, a 400-metre tunnel and Copper Coast views for walkers and cyclists.
Along this route from the river to the sea in Ireland’s Ancient East is a Viking settlement, Norman Castles, medieval ruins, an old workhouse, deserted railway stations and a heritage railway train that still runs along part of the track.
A great way to enjoy the region which is steeped in history and natural heritage, and perfect timing too, given the recent bout of glorious sunshine we’re currently experiencing.
Irish greenways have proliferated since the success of the Westport to Achill trail, breathing new life into old railway lines and canal paths – and offering safe and scenic ways for both locals and visitors to experience the Irish outdoors.
The Waterford Greenway was developed by Waterford City and County Council with the co-operation of local property owners and communities along the route, and supporting funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
For more information of Waterford Greenway, check out their website.