We have continued our walks along the Waterford Greenway – a cycling/walking track developed on a disused railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan, a distance of 46Km. We are, in fact, walking each section twice: parking the car, walking to our set destination and then returning on the same route to the car. Because of this we can only undertake a little of the Greenway at a time – roughly in 5Km sections – but we are getting there.
We did two small sections today: Starting at McGrath’s Cross and walking back west towards Durrow we went as far as the level crossing at Ballylynch Cross (as we had walked from Durrow to there earlier in the week) and back to McGrath’s Cross, a distance of 5.6Km – just a short walk of almost an hour. The views to the Comeragh Mountains were excellent today as the fog and low clouds of the past week had cleared and we were treated to blue skies and clear views.
Views to the Comeragh Mountains from the Waterford Greenway, the section between McGrath’s Cross and Ballylynch Cross.
For the moment we are skipping the stretch from Kilmacthomas to Kilmeadan – a distance of 12.5Km – and intend doing it as a linear walk with the help of our neighbour who will bring us to one end and then we can walk to the other where we will have earlier parked our car. This is because it is a section which doesn’t lend itself to being walked in sections – no suitable parking along the way. We may get to it during the coming week.
As our walk today was so short we drove to another section which is nearer home and walked from the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway carpark outside Kilmeadan to Killotteran, passing by Mount Congreve Gardens on the way . It is usually possible to access Mount Congreve from the Greenway – gardens, cafe etc – but it is presently closed as work is being carried out and it is not suitable for the public. Kilmeadan to Killotteran and back was a distance of 6.18Km, so an 11.78Km total for the day – but, who’s counting! (I am!)
Today’s second walk is, in my opinion, the most beautiful section of the whole Greenway as it runs along the banks of the River Suir and has wonderful views along the river and across to surrounding countryside.
Views along the banks of the River Suir walking from Kilmeadan to Killoteran:
This week may finish our walking of the Greenway but that’s not a resolution, just a probability.