A quarter of a mile long Durrow ( Ballyvoyle) Tunnel is one of the most iconic features of the Greenway. It looks as perfect as the day it was built in 1878. I can only imagine how exciting it was to travel through the tunnel by train, at a slow speed, with the eerie sound echoing off the tunnel walls.
Once a habitat of bats, the tunnel is a busy place these days.
I love this tricycle. It looks very comfortable, especially if you want to stop and take a picture.
Someone has a sense of humor. Notice how far is the other end of the tunnel.
It seems like the walls have openings, but in fact these are only wall niches with lights.
The tunnel is lined with bricks.
Not too successful photograph of some stalagmites growing in the niche.
Just a few years ago this area was overgrown and flooded in some places.
An assortment of ferns and moss decorates the stone wall. Further down the path the wild plants are getting ready for spring ( photographs were taken in February)
We are approaching Ballyvoyle viaduct – the last one. There are three viaducts and eleven bridges on the railway. Ballyvoyle viaduct was constructed in 1878, blown up in 1922, and after a second thought rebuilt in 1924. In this blog you can find some bits of history of the viaduct.
The viaduct spans River Dalligan, and the barriers are almost non-existent, if you ask me 😉
Plenty to see from here.
I stepped off the path to take a picture of a white bench that stands at a distance from the farm house. In the photograph below you see a lovely view from the bench.
Clonea Beach. I can see my favorite chipper out there, over a mile away.
In December 2015 a group of Syrian refugees were settled in the luxury Clonea Strand Hotel ( closed for the season). It was a very strange decision of the Government since there are no food stores around – the closest store is four miles away in Dungarvan. Actually, there is nothing else in winter but the sea and the beach. I don’t know what the story is, and where they are now. I haven’t been to Clonea for years.
It is getting dark. I turn around and walk back to the car park. I take my time walking through the tunnel again – want to spot a bat, but there are no bats.
Thank you for your company – it is more fun to walk through a dark tunnel with a friend at your side.
Have a wonderful weekend!