The Mama climb

Cappoquin to Waterford Cycle

Distance: 78km
Climbing: 1006m

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A trip through the Comeragh Mountains culminates in a visit to the spectacular Mahon Falls. The run-in to Waterford is on quiet country roads. The rolling countryside and two climbs make for a tough but rewarding route.

It’s a beautiful part of the world and this ride is one of the best ways to explore it by bike.

Cycle Ireland has a number of nearby routes.

This route can be paired with Charleville to Cappoquin to ride from North Cork across the Knockmealdowns and Comeraghs to Waterford City over two days. The start and end points are both on the rail network.


Mama (pronounced Mawmaw) Pass – A quiet and windswept route over Croghaun Mountain in the Comeraghs.

Mahon Falls – A tough, short climb takes you up to a viewing point of one of the finest waterfalls in the country. You may end up walking part of this one but the second half of the ride will seem like a piece of cake after it.

The Magic Road and Fairy Tree – Near Mahon Falls, this magic road sees vehicles roll uphill instead of downhill. It’s a bit tricky to test on a bike. Maybe you could bring along stabilisers.

Reginald’s Tower – A very short detour at the end of the ride takes you to this 13th Century tower on Waterford’s Quays.

Cappoquin to Waterford Cycle Useful Info

There is a lot of climbing on this one – County Waterford is notorious for its hilliness.

One of the great things about this route is that you ride entirely on back roads until you get to Waterford City, which is a small city and reasonably easy to negotiate by bicycle.

Waterford has good bus and rail connections. Cappoquin, on the other hand, certainly doesn’t. There are several trains a day from Waterford to Dublin Heuston, but with only a couple of bike spaces on each. Make sure to book ahead.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann

Irish Rail

Charleville to Cappoquin




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