Waterford Greenway

Waterford Greenway

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

History of The Waterford, Dungarvan & Lismore Railway

Railway Station

The Waterford Greenway allows walkers and cyclists explore part of the old railway line that was set up by the Waterford, Dungarvan and Lismore Railway Company, in 1872. This 43 mile stretch of railway was the most expensive line to be built in Ireland at the time, as it followed the most difficult route of any railway in the South. It was a very hilly line with a series of sharp curves, a tunnel 418 feet long near Durrow and two viaducts, one at Durrow and the other at Ballyvoyle.

cappoquin Railway Bridge

The stations along the route were Kilmeadan, Kilmacthomas, Durrow and Stradbally, Dungarvan, Cappagh, Cappoquin and Lismore. The Duke of Devonshire, whose Irish baronial seat is at Lismore Castle, was the main shareholder and its chairman, hence the line became known as the "Dukes Line".

It became a major part of the History of Waterford during the War of Independance and Civil War. Used in guerrilla warfare against the occupying forces, there was many an attack on occupying forces travelling by train to conduct business as the saw it of our country. The Railway also featured in the Civil War with the Railway Bridge in Ballyvoyle being blown up on the 8th of August 1922 but the railway was seen as so important a new bridge was constructed over the following year.

Getting Here

After your Waterford Greenway experience, you can travel from Dungarvan to Lismore via a brand new timetable with the Local Link Waterford; making travelling to West Waterford much easier and convenient for visitors.

Bike Hire 

Planning A Day Out

For expert advice on organising a most memorable Day Out, please contact:

  • Aoife McCabe
    Lismore Heritage Centre
    Tel: 076 1102157
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Lismore Heritage Centre
Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

Phone: 058 54975 / 058 54855
Email: lismoreheritage@eircom.net