Wexford Walking Trail Festival 2017

Wexford Walking Trail Festival 2017

Friday, September 29th to Sunday October 1st

Wexford Walking Trail welcome you to our fourth annual festival, giving you a flavour of Wexford’s stunning coastline and historic sites along the south-east tip of Ireland.


Friday Sept. 29th


Maritime Walking Trail in Rosslare Harbour. Led by John Boyce and Micheal Delaney who will share stories of Rosslare Harbour’s rich maritime heritage and give a tour of Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat. (Hi-viz jackets are required and some will be available but please bring your own if possible.)

Grade: Easy

Registration at 5.00pm - Meet at the Viewing Point (Walking Trailhead: Go past Supervalu heading towards the harbour and the trailhead is immediately on the left.)  



Welcome Reception and Festival Launch

Join us in the Rosslare Maritime Heritage Centre, Rosslare Harbour for refreshments and a brief history of the Centre.


Saturday Sept. 30th


Ballyteigue Burrow, Kilmore Quay: This guided 2-hour walk along one of the finest sand dune systems in Ireland is accompanied by the ecologist Jim Hurley.

Grade: Easy. (4.5km walk)

Registration at 10am – Meet at the car park beside the playground in Kilmore Quay.



Tintern Trails: The Foxboro  and Tintern River Trail combination includes a stroll through the Colclough Walled Gardens.

Grade: Easy to moderate. (8km walk)

Complimentary refreshments in the Colclough Memorial Hall, Saltmills including a photographic introduction to Tintern.

Registration at 2.30pm at the Vine Cottage car park -Saltmills.



Festival Dinner at Neville’s Bar, Fethard. Guests can avail of a special rate of €20.00 for 2 course meal with tea / coffee. This evening promises to be a great social get-together. 

Please confirm your booking by 28th September by emailing wexfordwalking@gmail.com 



Tintern Trail is the location of an exciting walk in the dark experience. Walkers are requested to wear head torches and high-viz jackets.

Grade: Easy to moderate. (5km walk) 

Registration at 9.45pm at Vine Cottage car park - Saltmills.


Sunday Oct.  1st


New Ross: Lacken Hill - Millstream Trail

A guided 4-hour looped walk will bring you by The Ponds and the historic Millstream, to the Dunbrody Forest and the picturesque summit of Lacken Hill. The walk at The Ponds will be led by noted local historian Jenny Nuttall.  Return walk is to Mannion's Pub. Walkers are requested to wear hi-viz vests.

Grade: Easy to moderate. (15km walk)

Registration at 10.00am at Mannion's Pub, New Ross. (off the N30)

Complimentary refreshments provided by Mannion’s Pub after the walk.

After the walk relax and enjoy a stroll in the gardens at Woodville House. (€2 entry)



Dunbrody Forest, Lacken Hill

This 40-minute walk this beautiful natural forest is suitable for all members of the family. 

Grade: Easy.

Optional botanical treasure hunt for children.

Face painting with Craft Central. (€2 per child)

The second walk of the day will take place at 12.00pm in the Dunbrody Forest, Lacken Hill. This 40 minute, easy walk is an outing for the entire family. To add to the fun for the children who attend, there is face painting by Craft Central (€2 per child) and a botanical treasure hunt.



Ros Tapestry Guided Tour - Booking Essential

A tale told in thread. The tapestries depict events around the Anglo-Norman arrival to the South East of Ireland and specifically the founding of the town of New Ross by William Marshall and Isabel de Clare. The events of the time are depicted in impressive detail on fifteen panels, each measuring 6 x 4 feet, which are expertly handstitched by over one hundred and eighty dedicated local volunteers. This is not one to be missed and booking is essential - entry is €5 per person.


Sunday Afternoon Tours

Dunbrody Famine Ship

The Dunbrody Famine Ship is offering discounted tour rates to walkers for the duration of the afternoon.  Walkers will be provided with a discount ticket at registration. Discounted rate €7.50 per adult, €5 per child.

Take a step back in time on this full-scale reconstruction of a 19th Century famine ship and see history in action. Walk in the footsteps of 19th Century Irish Famine Emigrants and hear the story of this important period of Irish history.  


To facilitate arrangements, please register online athttp://wexfordwalkingtrail.ie/festival/ or email wexfordwalking@gmail.com 


You can also contact The Walking Festival by emailing wexfordwalking@gmail.com, or via Facebook and Twitter.

We wish to thank Wexford County Council for their support in sponsoring this year's festival.

Fri 29th Sep 2017 to Sun 1st Oct 2017