Wexford is home to much more than the best strawberries in the country, it is also a land of stunning beaches, woods and walkways. If you are heading down to the sunny south-east, whether you’re staying north by the streams of Bunclody or all the way south to the stunning Hook, here are a few walks worth seeking out and ambling along.

South Wexford

1. Raven Point Wood

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Distance: 6.8km (4.3 miles)
Walking time: 1hr 30min
Waymarking: Blue

Park up at the Raven Wood car park and explore the beautiful woodland walkway before emerging out onto the stunning white sandy beach. The fields to the west are the North Slob lands, home to many important species of birds. If you are doing this walk during the winter months, you might spot all the geese from the North Slob flying out to roost on sandbanks in Wexford Harbour. The beautiful blue flag beach at Curracloe is definitely the highlight of this beach walk.

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2. Ballyteige Burrow, Kilmore Quay

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Furlongs Road Loop:

Distance: 4.5km (2.8 miles)
Walking time: 1hr
Waymarking: Purple

The Burrow is well known for its incredible sand dune systems. There are three main walking routes to choose from; along the beach, through the dunes, or on the path. Keep your eyes peeled for the many passing seabirds and your ears peeled for the song of the skylark. The flora and fauna in this area are second to none so tread softly. As you walk, climb to the top of one of the higher dunes for a spectacular view of the whole area out across the Saltee Islands, Hook Lighthouse, Forth Mountain and Ballyteige Castle.

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3. Tintern

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Gardener’s Trail:

Distance: .9km (.6 miles)
Walking time: 20min
Waymarking: Blue

Demesne Trail:

Distance: 2.4km (1.5 miles)
Walking time: 40min
Waymarking: Red

Bannow Bay Trail:

Distance: 7.2 km (4.5 miles)
Walking time: 1-1.5hr
Waymarking: Green

Foxboro Trail:

Distance: 3.5 km (2.2 miles)
Walking time: 1hr
Waymarking: Purple

There are four incredible walks in Tintern, all of varying distances and difficulties. Gardener’s Trail starts at Tintern Abbey and explores the architecture and the mixed woodland. This trail is suitable for buggies and wheelchair users. The Tintern Demesne Trail is one for nature lovers. You’ll discover fine beech, oak, and chestnut trees and hopefully spot some kingfishers, egrets, buzzards, red squirrels, stoats and seven types of bat.

Bannow Bay Trail is for the history buffs. It takes in the old estate village of Saltmills, an old IRA memorial, a rare double lime kiln and a grounded dredger. Finally there is Foxboro Trail for the fit. This woodland trail along the Tintern river includes some great climbs.

More info: Wexford Walking Trails

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4. Forth Mountain

Forth Mountain Trail:

Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)
Walking time: 2hr
Waymarking: Red

Just outside of Wexford town is the 235m Forth Mountain. It is the only mountain in Ireland made up of 500-600 million-year-old rock. It played an integral part in the 1798 Rebellion. Make sure to stop on Skeator Rock to take some pictures. From that look out, you’ll get panoramic views of the Wexford coastline include Rosslare, Our Lady’s Island, Saltee Islands, Hook Head lighthouse and across into Dunmore East and the Waterford estuary.

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North Wexford

5. Croghan Mountain

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Croghan Trail:

Distance: 8km (5 miles)
Walking time:  2hr 20min
Waymarking:  Blue

Forde’s Farmhouse:

Distance: 4.3km (2.7 miles)
Walking time: 1hr
Waymarking: Green

Bann River:

Distance: 5.25km (3.3 miles)
Walking time: 1hr 15min
Waymarking: Red

Raheenleagh is a place steeped in Irish history dating back to the prehistoric times. Now owned by Coillte, in partnership with the Electricity Supply Board, seven wind turbines now sit on its peak. Take a stroll along these sustainable giants and gaze out at the magnificent sea and land views. If you are lucky, you will be able to see Mount Snowdon in Wales across the Irish Sea.

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6. Bunclody – Coolmelagh

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Prospect Loop:

Distance: 5.4km (3.4 miles)
Walking time: 1hr 30min
Waymarking: Blue

Gibbet Hill:

Distance: 10km (6.25 miles)
Walking time: 2hr
Waymarking: Orange

Coolmelagh:

Distance: 13.3km (8.3 miles)
Walking time: 3hr 30min
Waymarking: Red

There are three looped walks to choose from on the Gibbet. These forest road loops all take in the peak of Gibbet Hill where the best views are on offer. At the summit, you will see windmills and a Marian Year cross where the gibbet once stood. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, such as Irish hare, fox, badger, Peregrine falcon and hen harrier raven. Enjoy views of the three counties, Wexford, Carlow and Wicklow

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7. Tara Hill

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Blue Trail:

Distance: 5.4km (3.4 miles)
Walking time: 1hr 15min
Waymarking: Blue

Red Trail:

Distance: 5km (3.1 miles)
Walking Time:  1hr
Waymarking: Red

There are two trails on offer on Tara Hill. The Red Slí an tSuaimhnais trail and the more demanding Blue Slí na n-Óg trail. On the latter, you will be greeted by views of Tara Hill and many a historical landmark like the remains of a famine village, Soldier’s Hollow, Table Rock and a cairn.

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8. Bunclody – Kilbrannish

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Windmill Loop:

Distance: 3km (1.9 miles)
Walking time: 1hr
Waymarking: Green

Kilbrannish Loop:

Distance: 5km (3.1 miles)
Walking time: 1hr 45min
Waymarking: Purple

Kilbrannish has two waymarked looped walks up in the Blackstairs Mountain Range. These trails have beautiful views of the Clody Valley, the South Leinster way and Mount Leinster just across the way. There are a great few climbs in it and on a warm day it is a truly idyllic spot to be.

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