With Richard hailing from Clonmel we stayed the Thursday night in his homeplace and set off early Friday morning for Dungarvan.
Since the Deise greenway opened, a host of bike rental shops have opened so you will be spoilt for choice, we rented our bikes from Waterford Greenway Bike Hire who are based in Abbeyside, Dungarvan. There is free parking available in the Eurospar nearby and you can hop on the Greenway close by at Strandside.
It costs €20 per bike to rent for the day and that includes a lift back from one of their depots in Kilmacthomas or Waterford – pretty good bargain. You can also rent an electric bike for €45 per day, ideal if you haven’t cycled in years.
Alternatively, if you have your own bike a good place to start is just outside Dungarvan, the townland of Garrnageragh (click on the link to see google maps). There are good parking facilities here with no parking fees.
As you leave Dungarvan, you have some nice views of Clonea Strand but a little further, you are met with the views of Dungarvan Bay below:
Next up is the Ballyvoyle Tunnel. Cyclists are advised to dismount going through this – good advise because it’s pitch black and I nearly collided with another cyclist in there!! Next time I’ll have a front light on as a warning. The approach to the tunnel looks like something from a rain forest as a colleague commented on seeing the picture!!
After 10 km you have the opportunity to stop for a breather at O’Mahony’s Pub and Shop, we were feeling fresh and fit so kept on the move. You pass over Durrow viaduct soon after and around 12 km later you arrive at Kilmacthomas viaduct. We decided to hang to the right and head towards the village and were rewarded with a stunning view of the Viaduct:
After a quick feed in a cafe in Kilmacthomas, we cycled back up onto the Viaduct. Just outside Kilmacthomas is the bike hire’s depot, a substantial looking coffee shop and a Famine Workhouse Museum. We didn’t stop here and continued on our way. As you’re cycling along towards Kilmeaden, there are some nice views of the Comeragh mountains on your left.
Next stop was Suir Valley Railway in Kilmeaden.
This is a voluntary run, a family friendly railway that travels along the picturesque banks of the River Suir. It’s located 1 km outside the village of Kilmeaden and you’ll pass it on the Greenway. It’s good for a stop as they have an old railway carriage that serves refreshments.
We headed for Waterford which is about 17 km of a cycle from here.
Close to Waterford City, the Greenway finishes and we cycled a few kilometres on local roads to get to Rice Bridge in Waterford.
There were some roadworks taking place on these roads so hopefully, they’ll have some segregated bike lanes to bring cyclists safely into the city.
We dropped our bikes back to the depot on Hanover Street and waited for our lift back to Dungarvan.
The Greenway is a top-class facility and a very enjoyable day out.
There are some slight inclines and I’d recommend using a hybrid bike for a bit more comfort on parts of the Greenway.