The Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan section of the Waterford Greenway will open for use to the public from Friday, September 23rd.
The 23 kilometre section of the dedicated walking and cycling path is the first phase of the multi-million euro project to be opened for use. The full 46km Waterford Greenway route – stretching from Waterford City to Dungarvan – will be launched in its entirety in Spring 2017, to coincide with the tourism season.
The first section of the project runs from the village of Kilmacthomas along the disused railway corridor to the town of Dungarvan. There are several access points along the route, with car parking facilities at Kilmacthomas (Workhouse and Mill), McGrath’s Cross, Shanacool, Scartore and Dungarvan.
Speaking on the section opening, Director of Services at Waterford City & County Council, Lar Power said: “We are delighted that the Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan section of the Greenway is now open to the public for use. The route is safe and fully accessible for everyone, including cyclists, walkers, families with children, and both young and old. The Greenway is a terrific facility, not just for the people of Waterford, but for the whole country and for international visitors. ”
Greenway users are urged to follow the recommended ‘code of respect’, by keeping to their left, passing others on the right and to bring all litter home with them. Cyclists are asked to ring their bells and cycle at a safe speed. Dogs should be kept on a short lead, and dog owners are asked to clean up after their pets. Motorised vehicles and horses are not permitted on the Waterford Greenway.
The Waterford Greenway is being developed by Waterford City & County Council with the co-operation of local property owners, the support of communities along the route, and with supporting funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Maps of the Waterford Greenway will be made available from the Tourist Information Offices in Waterford City and Dungarvan, the Lismore Heritage Centre, the Bishop’s Palace, Medieval Museum, and in hotels and other accommodation providers across the city and county.From Friday, September 23rd, a map of the Waterford Greenway can be downloaded from www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com. Further information will also be available from the website, on Facebook @WaterfordGreenway and on Twitter at @WaterfordGrnWay.