The steadily sun-spoilt county of Waterford is remarked for its Copper Coast with golden seashores, cliff prime motels, prime seaside eating places and a Viking previous, however many will argue that hopping on two wheels – somewhat than 4 – is one of the best ways to see the highlights of the county, come rain or shine.
Working 46km point-to-point, the Greenway is the longest off-road biking and strolling path in Eire, tracing a former rail line from the seaside city of Dungarvan proper to Waterford Metropolis by way of Kilmacthomas.
Every of those three key factors on the route supply bike rental for youths, adults and even e-bikes, priced per day rent, while there may be additionally numerous cark parks dotted alongside the route so you’ll be able to soar in at numerous factors and begin peddling. The route is accessible for all, although count on some dips and inclines and costume for all climate.
It’s price noting that there are free water-filling stations, a few bathroom stops and one or two playgrounds alongside the route too. Regardless of the climate or health degree, this can be a lovely solution to familiarize yourself with this a part of the world and take all of it at your personal tempo, even breaking apart the sections sooner or later to the following.
At virtually each kilometre clocked there is a distinctive and beautiful view to behold because the route weaves inland from the Copper Coast, with the ocean to 1 facet and the mountains to the opposite. The route boasts three lovely viaducts (Ballyvole, Durrow, Kilmacthomas) every one the best alternative to cease and snap the vista, in addition to 11 bridges.
The spectacular brick-lined, dimly lit Ballyvoyle Tunnel is well worth the cycle alone, operating for 1 / 4 mile with eerie hidden recesses and nonetheless in spectacular situation contemplating it was used as a railway tunnel for 90 years earlier than closing within the late 60s. Tall partitions of verdant fern and moss greet you on the opposite facet, and attempt to spot the fairy doorways too!
The bustling market and harbour city of Dungarvan is the gateway to the Greenway, all fairly, picturesque and historic. You possibly can’t start to cowl Dungarvan with out beginning at The Tannery, run by Máire and Paul Flynn, and celebrating 25 years in enterprise in 2021.
The restaurant that put Dungarvan on the map and saved it there, The Tannery is a high-quality eating tackle comforting classics, celebrating nice native produce with deft, heat service –– a profitable mixture that has endured via the years. You possibly can even take one of many Tannery Picnic Containers (€35) with you in your biking path to take pleasure in at one of many vantage spots of your selecting.
Native chef and catering business powerhouse Eunice Energy (as seen recurrently on RTÉ At this time) opened her connoisseur chip store AndChips in 2019 and the queue hasn’t begun to reduce but.
That is what any run-of-the-mill chipper in any given Irish city must be trying in the direction of when it comes to fashion, provenance, service and worth.
Hand-cut, freshly-fried chips (at all times in beef dripping, we imagine) and enviably recent battered fish are the enduring double act right here, but in addition sit beside modern choices like fish tacos and their very own tackle a spice bag. A choose selection of wine* can also be served, with picnic tables outdoors overlooking the water.
The place to go after a cycle on the greenway? The Moorings is the best spot for lunch and a drink, particularly when you go for their legendary chowder and locally-loved fish and chips, open from noon ’til late day by day.
The Previous Financial institution on Davitt’s Quay presents a number of areas to take pleasure in their food and drinks in, from the cocktail bar and terrace to the seafood deck, the creamery yard and the bistro itself, serving Wednesday to Sunday weekly.
On the Greenway facet of the city, you’ll be able to cycle to the extremely popular seashore Clonea Strand by bike from Dungarvan however put together for crowds within the busier season. In case you’re driving as a substitute of biking, we’d counsel a spin to the quieter seashores and coves at Bunmahon and Kilmurrin as a substitute.
On the other facet of the city you’ll discover the Gaeltacht space of An Rinn the place you’ll discover seaweed bathing at Solás Na Mara, the artisan stalwarts of old skool, hand-made crystal at Críostal Na Rinne, a fantastic conventional pub with views within the type of Tigh Muirithe and the legendary Harty’s Oysters.
Kilmacthomas, because the mid-way level, is the right spot to cease for a espresso and a chew to eat at Coach Home Espresso, a café, eatery and delicatessen set inside a former Famine workhouse serving seven days per week a few kilometre from Kilmac. Within the quiet city, Kiersey’s Bar and Tearoom (as featured on At Your Service) and The Greenway Grill are the primary stopping factors for a chew to eat, in addition to one or two different small pubs.
Between Kilmac and Waterford Metropolis you’ll go via the city of Kilmeadan with its Waterford Suir Valley Railway, in addition to the likes of a Greenway Fairy Forest and Mountcongreve Gardens.
To plan your personal itinerary, route and for extra journey info, the Greenway has its personal web site to information you: visitwaterfordgreenway.com.