Top 5 best walking trails in Wexford

Looking to breathe in some fresh air while in the southeast? If so, here are our top picks for the five best walking trails in Wexford.

Wexford, or the ‘sunny southeast’ as it is commonly known, is a sensational scenic county with a variety of walking trails.

From seaside walks to pretty parks, there is guaranteed to be something to suit every walker’s interest and ability.

With a choice of forest trails, seaside walks, and sometimes both, these are the five best walking trails.

5. Curracloe Beach ‒ dip your toes in the sand

Curracloe Beach is one of the best walking trails in Wexford.
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Curracloe Beach is an extremely clean beach, and it is rare to see a piece of rubbish on the shore. It is a Blue Flag Beach. As you take your first few steps on the boardwalk at the entrance to Curracloe Beach, the sensational smell of the sea greets you.

If you slow down for a moment during your walk to gaze out to the sea, you may be fortunate enough to spot a seal or two. Sometimes on an evening walk, you may also see a flickering light or two from houses or lighthouses in the distance.

Wearing a pair of sturdy runners for a walk on Curracloe Beach is helpful as the sand furthest from the sea can be quite dry and easy to trip on.

You can walk for 11 km (6.8 miles) on the beach, and it is possible to walk from Curracloe Beach to Blackwater Beach. But make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the rocks you will encounter close to Blackwater Beach.

With so many beautiful views, this is undoubtedly one of the best walking trails in Wexford for all abilities.

Address: Coolrainey, Curracloe, Co. Wexford, Ireland

4. Kilmore Quay ‒ for plenty of wildlife spotting

Kilmore Quay is one of the best walking trails in Wexford.
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Kilmore Quay is a quaint fishing port that is well worth a visit if you enjoy a walk by the sea. You can mark the beginning or the end of your walk with fish goujons and chips at the Saltee Chipper. The food will not disappoint, and it will keep you happily full and warm.

If you are an animal lover, you will probably enjoy walking by the harbour opposite the Saltee Chipper because you may see a seal hoping for a fish or two from a friendly fisherman. You will also notice a variety of birds flying to and from the Saltee Islands.

There is a boardwalk along the Kilmore Quay walking trail. There is also a long walk between Kilmore Quay and Ballyteige Strand all the way to Cullenstown Strand. The Ballyteige Strand and Ballyteige Burrow are home to a beach with some sandy walking trails.

Address: Crossfarnoge, Kilmore, Co. Wexford, Ireland

3. Hook Head ‒ for stunning sea views

Hook Head is one of the best walking trails in Wexford.
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Be sure to bring a warm jacket with you when you visit Hook Head, as it can be rather chilly, especially when the waves are choppy near Hook Head Lighthouse.

If you stay on the path during your walk, you will be on a flat, and generally easy to walk on the track with a view of the cliffs.

There is often a trailer present at the Hook Head Lighthouse if you fancy a warm drink or a sweet treat to fuel your walk. You can also walk around the perimeter of Hook Lighthouse.

Some of the things that make the walking trail at Hook Head one of the five best walking trails in Wexford is the fresh sea air, the wild waves, and the majestic lighthouse.

Address: Hook Head, Churchtown, Co. Wexford, Ireland

2. Johnstown Castle Estate ‒ plenty of history to discover

Johnstown Castle Estate is full of history.
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Johnstown Castle was built in 1169, and it is a great place for walks, especially if you are a history lover. As well as the castle itself, Johnstown Castle estate boasts some wonderful walking trails.

You can explore 4 km (2.5 miles) of lakes and castle grounds at your leisure. The lower lake walk is 1.5 km (0.93 miles) long, and it is home to otters.

There is a total of three lakes to enjoy. The Middle Lake, known as Castle Lake, was built between 1830 and 1840. The final lake is adjacent to the walled gardens.

All the walking trails are dog friendly, and car parking is free in case you are not a local. Occasionally there are guided walking tours of the Johnstown Castle estate taking place.

It is a valuable opportunity to soak up the scenery while learning the history of the estate, including the 19th-century architecture.

One of the exciting things about walking around Johnstown Castle Estate is the chance to encounter the peacocks that roam the walking trails, an added bonus for one of the five best walking trails in Wexford.

Address: Oldtown Ln, Johnstown, Co. Wexford, Y35 HP22, Ireland

1. Raven Point Wood ‒ for a breathtaking array of wildlife

Raven Point Wood is one of the best walking trails in Wexford.
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Raven Point Wood stretches for a whopping 6.8 km (4.2 miles). It is the perfect mix of smooth sand and a flourishing forest. The Raven’s Point Wood is full of sand dunes and different types of pine trees. Trees have been planted here since 1930.

Like Johnstown Castle Estate, the car park here at Raven Point Wood is free to use. There is a loop walk that begins and ends at the car park. The views of Wexford Harbour that greet you on your walk are phenomenal.

Dogs must always be supervised when walking along the Raven Point Wood walking trails. During the winter months, if you look carefully towards the North Slob lands, which are the fields beside the forest, you might catch a glimpse of wild geese.

However, walkers are advised to keep their distance from the North Slob lands to keep the geese safe and at peace.

Address: Raven’s Point, Coolrainey, Co. Wexford, Ireland

By Kate Hawkins

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