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Waterford Greenway

The Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan.

Spooky tunnels, dramatic viaducts and Copper Coast views are all in store for walkers and cyclists on Ireland’s newest greenway.

The Waterford Greenway, a 46km reboot of the Great Southern and Western Railway line, opens today as Ireland’s longest off-road walking and cycling experience.

“When the sun is out, there’s already been a kind of a Mediterranean feel with bikes lying around and people dallying and soaking up the atmosphere,” says Helen O’Mahony, who runs O’Mahony’s pub and shop in Durrow with her husband Tom. The €15 million trail stretches from Waterford City to Dungarvan – with 11 bridges, three viaducts and a 400-metre tunnel dotting a swathe of coastal, forest and farmland landscapes that show An Déise off at its very best.

The route is 4km longer than Co Mayo’s Great Western Greenway, the gold standard for Irish greenways, and businesses are already feeling a boost. “It’s made a difference – socially and economically,” says O’Mahony, who has recently welcomed visitors from Wales, Scotland and England to her 150-year old pub. Waterford’s 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.