We decided on a whim to cycle the Waterford Greenway on the May bank holiday. The weather was just right, not too cold and not too hot. Now we had been here before but had only gotten 4 km in when our youngest daughter came off her bike and destroyed herself. So we had to pack it in and leave.
This time we rented a bike carriage for her! She was the princess for the day. Bringing along her tablet, a few colouring pens and notebook, and her own little picnic she was sorted.
My husband and I, and our two older children (10 and 12) brought our own bikes.
There are many bike shops en route to the Greenway where you can collect a bike, with the option to order online. The shop we chose, Waterford Greenway Bike Hire, was very busy so I would highly recommend booking a few days before. We got lucky, I think, ordering the bike carriage the evening before.
I packed a picnic which my husband carried on his back in a rucksack. We set off from Waterford town. Altogether, we cycled 44 km that day. And yes, my God the bums were sore!
The food places on the cycle track are not set up for the number of visitors it had that long weekend. There was an hour wait for food – not appropriate when you have starving children after cycling for over an hour. We were glad we had packed lots of food and drinks. I highly recommend you do this as it’s not easy to cycle on an empty stomach.
The Greenway is a real family day out for cyclists, walkers and children on their scooters. You can go as far as you like and just turn back. There are no cars on this route; it is purposely built for cyclists and walkers.
There are a few serious cyclists using the Greenway who were a bit rude shouting at people to move. They were a danger to be honest, speeding along the path, especially to small inexperienced children on bikes. So keep a look out for them. You will hear them before you see them!
We stopped off for ice cream in an adorable little set up. A old train carriage done up as a little shop/coffee shop. Lots of toilet facilities and places to sit and rest the tired bums. We sat by the tracks for a while taking in our beautiful surroundings.
There is also a small train that takes you so far along the Greenway. A relaxing, fun way for your children and family to enjoy it. It is also mandatory, actually imperative, to wave at the passengers on the train as it goes by! You can take the little train from the depot if you cannot walk/cycle that far. Still a lovely day out.
The sights you see along the way are beautiful. They have done such an amazing job with this Greenway, I think every city should have one.
You can start off from any of the three depots in Waterford; Waterford City (where we cycled from), the Dungarvan Depot or the Kilmacthomas Depot. Bike hire is available from all three.
If you plan to do it have a super time! Don’t forget your sun cream, bring lots of water and pack a big picnic for a few stops.