Walk Off The Festive Feast With These Top Stephen’s Day Strolls

There’s nothing like a long, brisk walk on Stephen’s Day to brush off the cobwebs from the day before. Whether it’s a mountain hike, a stroll by the river, a cliff walk or a beach amble, the options in Waterford are endless. Below are a few to consider. Grab your rain gear, use the Christmas Day leftovers to make a picnic and get out into the Great Outdoors to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

The Comeraghs

Gather up your hiking gear, bring some treats and water and head to the Comeragh Mountains. There are loads of places to discover and lakes to reach. You can choose to join the crowds and head to Coumshingaun…but there are plenty of quieter options too. The Coumdula Loop walk in the Nire Valley is worth checking out. It’s 9 km and takes about 4.5 hours, but there are shorter hikes here too. It’s incredibly scenic and you’ll be rewarded when you reach a lake for a sit down and a picnic. The routes are accessed from the Nire Valley car park and are mapped out so you can decide what distance you want to take on.

Tramore Beach

The 5 kilometres of Tramore beach is a popular walk—for good reason. The sandhills loop will really blow off the cobwebs. Grab a warm jacket and a woolly hat and you’re all set. You’ll feel totally refreshed by the time you get back to the car.



Across from the sandhills in Tramore, Saleens is another gorgeous beach stroll. Check the tide times before starting your walk. If it’s coming in, you might get stuck in some sections of the beach and have to climb to higher ground to avoid your feet getting soaked.

Dunmore to Portally (and Beyond)

Portally 1

This cliff walk from Dunmore to Portally is 3 km (one way) and is a brilliant one for all the family to enjoy. You’ll have a stunning view across to Wexford and Hook Head. If you’re feeling energetic you can continue on to Rathmoylan…and if you still haven’t had enough fresh air, you can go all the way to Ballymacaw. All three beaches are worth checking out.  

River Walk From Glenville to Powerscourt

If you live in the city and don’t fancy hopping into the car, try the river walk from Glenville to Powerscourt. It brings you all the way along the river with views across to Ferrybank and the island/Waterford Castle. The walk there and back takes about an hour.

Waterford Greenway


Starting at the Quay and going all the way to Dungarvan (46 km) the Waterford Greenway is a fantastic facility that we’re lucky to have. Wherever you choose to start on the route, it’s a lovely stroll and even better for cycling. It’s also safe for kids who are new to biking with no cars for you or them to worry about. You’ll be rewarded with the lush countryside scenery and the dramatic Comeragh Mountains backdrop. If you take on the entire Greenway you’ll cross 11 bridges, three viaducts and through a 400-metre tunnel.

Benvoy Beach

Stephens Day Benvoy

Benvoy is on the route of the famed Copper Coast and is one of my favourite beaches on this stretch of coast. It’s a short walk, but the towering cliffs on one side and the sea on the other makes it worth the visit. It’s dramatic! For a longer walk, head further down the coast to Bonmahon—another great option.

Woodstown Beach

Woodstown feature

A long sandy beach surrounded by woodlands, Woodstown is a real bonus to have on our doorstep. It’s popular with us locals…so much so that you’re bound to bump into at least one person you know. If you fancy stretching out your time here, head into the Saratoga for a cup of tea or a hot port. Dogs love their walks here, too!

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