Waterford Greenway


What is a Greenway

A Greenway is a long, narrow piece of land, often used for recreation and pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The term greenway comes from the “green” in green belt and the “way” in parkway implying a recreational or pedestrian use rather than a typical street corridor, as well as an emphasis on introducing or maintaining vegetation, in a location where such vegetation is otherwise lacking. Some greenways include community gardens as well as typical park-style landscaping of trees and shrubs. They also tend to have a mostly contiguous pathway, allowing urban commuting via bicycle or foot.

The Waterford Greenway is a recreational greenway. A recreational greenway generally feature paths and trails of various kinds, often of relatively long distances, based on natural corridors as well as canals, abandoned railbeds, and other public rights-of-ways. Trails and routes often have scenic quality as they pass through diverse and visually significant landscapes. Many successful recreational greenways and green spaces occur where networks of trails link with water-based recreational sites and areas. Greenways are safer alternatives to streets because they separate the user from road vehicles. They also provide a more aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for the user. Because they are located away from roads and direct fumes from traffic, the air quality along greenways is better and “noise pollution” is diminished. Waterford GreenwayThe Waterford Greenway is a high quality 3-metre wide, tarmacadam surface cycle / walkway – 46km long (42km from WIT) Waterford City to Dungarvan, County Waterford. The route follows the former Waterford to Dungarvan Railway line.