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Cycling

Cycling Groups.

WATERFORD GREENWAY

Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km cycling and walking trail along an old railway line which takes you from stunning Dungarvan all the way to the quays of Ireland’s oldest city (Waterford). It’s a cycling paradise!!!! One of the best ways to explore the greenway is by bicycle and we are facilitated by The Greenway cycle tours and bike hire companies – see links below.
Some of the attractions enroute are:
Dungarvan:– Breath taking views across Dungarvan Bay traveling  to the town centre.
Ballyvoile Tunnel:-The Ballyvoile 400 metre brick-lined tunnel is as fresh as the day it was built and discreetly lit to keep it’s magic.
Two Stone Viaducts:- The Durrow 7 arch and Kilmacthomas 8 arch viaducts are engineering marvels.
Mount Congreve:-These world famous gardens are directly accessible from the Greenway.

Dungarvan to Ballinroad (4km) :This 4km stretch is simply fantastic. A beautiful walk will take you from the Norman-founded market town of Dungarvan, leaving the glistening Dungarvan Bay and passing beautiful Walton Park with King John’s Castle behind you. Pass the Moresby Buoy in Abbeyside which recognises the tragic sinking of the Moresby ship in 1895. Then move on to the Barnawee Causeway, where many species of birds and sea life can be observed and finish at the newly-constructed carpark in Ballinroad. A number of bike hire outlets will have you set up in minutes for an experience that will last long in your memory.

Ballinroad to Durrow (6km) :Leaving Ballinroad head east, pass the newly planted Irish native trees with the view to your left of the Old Clonea Church and its graveyard. It is said that Christian devotion was practiced here before St. Patrick arrived in Ireland and there is the legend of the skull-like stone. Heading past marshlands will take you to Clonea. The Atlantic Ocean is to your right; breathe in the salty sea air combined with the aroma of fresh local strawberries.
Passing Clonea the trail then moves inland at Ballyvoile leaving magnificent views of Dungarvan bay and the Gaeltacht area of An Rinn (Ring) and Helvick across the inlet before proceeding. Next you cross the Ballyvoile Viaduct, beautifully restored by Waterford City & County Council with the story of the viaduct embedded in some of the panels of the bridge before heading through a type of tropical jungle type cutting into the quarter of a mile Durrow Tunnel, with tasteful and discreet lighting keeping its magic and mystique alive. Continue on a little further to Durrow for a welcome break at O’Mahoney’s Pub, where there is also a free car park available.

Durrow to Kilmacthomas Old Workhouse (13km): Leaving Durrow only a few hundred metres , you can find the lonely ruins of the Durrow and Stradbally Railway Station, a hive of activity in its heyday, now coming alive again. On another few hundred metres to Durrow Viaduct, another impressive stone bridge but what’s unique about it is- it is a railway bridge over a road bridge over a river.

Heading through the lush countryside with the Comeragh mountains on the left, continue under the N25 at McGraths Cross by means of a newly installed tunnel and it’s onward for Kilmacthomas, crossing the impressive curved viaduct that can be really appreciated by coming down onto the path bringing you to the park below and viewing it from here.  Kilmacthomas with its milling history and home to Flahavan’s Porridge is making a big comeback with a powerful and highly driven local community ensuring that there will be a big welcome and plenty of facilities for the greenway users. The river Mahon flows under this viaduct. Leaving Kilmacthomas you head past the ruins of the Kilmacthomas Railway Station recently taken over by the community to renovate into a welcoming station for visitors.

Travelling another kilometre and over the newly installed bridge across the N25 road, will bring you into the Old Workhouse of Kilmacthomas (also called ‘The Union’). Here are a collection of interesting buildings, which in 1850 housed the destitute after the famine of the 1840′s; recalling a sad but important history.  There is also a large carpark here with bike hire available in the workhouse buildings and soon there will be a restaurant and a Workhouse Experience.  Additionally, Mayfield Birds of Prey offers you an opportunity to meet, handle and fly a variety of wonderful birds, an interesting end to this stage of the Greenway.

There are various car parks located along the route, in Ballinroad, Durrow, Kilmacthomas – (Toilet Facilities) and Bilberry.

Greenway Code
This is a shared use Greenway. That means that people are allowed to use it in different ways. People can cycle, walk and run. The Greenway Code is about respecting other people and the environment. Let’s all work together to keep the Waterford Greenway a special place, where people are kind to each other and to the beautiful surroundings.

*Keep left and pass on the right while cycling and walking, and listen for bicycle bells
*Cyclists -Please use your bell and cycle at a safe speed
*Bring your litter home
*Keep your dogs on a short lead, and clean up after your dog

Bicycle Hire is available from the following:
The Greenway Man, Durrow
Waterford Greenway Bike Hire, Abbeyside and Kilmacthomas
Waterford Greenway Cycle Tours and Bike Hire, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan
Bob Troy Bike Hire, Dungarvan
O Mahony’s Cycles, Abbeyside

Base your group here in the hostel, and you can drive or cycle to Dungarvan to enjoy the amazing Greenway.

Waterford_Greenway_CarouselSEAN KELLY TOUR OF WATERFORD

Our Hostel sits on the route of the famed Sean Kelly Cycle.  You have a choice of the 160km or the 100km route and some or all the climbs at Mahon Falls and Seskin Hill. Both routes are permanently marked so it is no harder than choosing route 1 or route 2.  With sports changing rooms and showers you can be guaranteed that none of your group will be left waiting for a shower and we have drying facilities.  A favourite of many cycle clubs is to cycle from their home base to Ballymacarbry on a Friday Evening do the Sean Kelly Route on Saturday and head home on Sunday with members who would have brought a car. The Sean Kelly Routes are marked on OS 74 & 75. Our hostel has a kitchen which can cater for a full house, but we also have the option of a caterer that will come in to provide meals. The hostel is within walking distance from two pubs, shop and post office.

Base your group in Ballymacarbry Hostel and be in the centre of the  action. 2017′s Sean Kelly Tour takes place on Saturday 19th August and Sunday 20th August 2017.

 

Comeragh Tour 2017

Unfortunately 2017′s Comeragh Tour has been cancelled. We hope to see you in 2018.

Comeragh Tour 2016

Comeragh Tour 100 km cycle will be taking place Sunday 29th May 2016 at 10 am at Ballymacarbry Community Centre. There will be options to climb the iconic Mahon Falls and or Seskin Hill in Sean Kelly country. Route takes place around the scenic Comeragh Mountains. Funds raised in aid of Special Olympics – make a difference and get on your bike. For more information on prices and registration, please check out the website http://www.comeraghtour.com

Sean Kelly Tour 2016 – 20th & 21st August.

The Ballymacarbry Hostel is an ideal location for your hostel accommodation if you are taking part in the Sean Kelly Tour.

The Sean Kelly tour is already a legend in the cycling world, it is so popular that a cap has been placed on numbers taking part.  The tour passes through Ballymacarbry as does two of Waterford’s way marked cycle routes.

For more information on the Sean Kelly tour check out their website by clicking here:  http://www.welcomewaterford.ie/seankellytour

Base yourself in Ballymacarbry and you can challenge yourself to miles of mountainous roads in the Comeraghs or the Knockmealdowns.

Other cycling events.

Roads aren’t the only attraction for the bike enthusiast – there are miles upon miles of unexplored forest roads and paths in the Nire Valley area ideal for the person and their mountain bike.

On 25th October 2015, we are hosting the Comeragh Drop mountain biking event. 40km of RAW Mountain Biking.

Why not base your group in Ballymacarbry Hostel and be in the centre of the  action.