Lacken Hill Walking Trail

1798 Rebel Camp & Memorial, Lacken, County Wexford, Ireland

Lacken Hill Walking Trail is set in a beautiful landscape, overlooking the historic Norman town of New Ross. From the 193m high hill-summit, there are panoramic views of the south-east including the Comeragh Mountains, Brandon Hill, the Blackstairs Mountains and the Barrow estuary.


The four trails will take you through forests rich in wildflowers, herbs, fungi, berries and wildlife and along scenic country roads and historic streets. Nestled beneath the hill are three-ring forts which, according to legend, are under the protection of the Aes Sídhe or fairy folk.


Forest of Dunbrody Trail will take you through the Forest of the Dunbrody. As the seasons unfold  you may spot woodpeckers, blue jays, pheasants, long-eared owls and red squirrels. A fairy village located beside the woodland path is a source of wonderment for children.


Lacken Hillside Trail through the mature beech woodland leads to the summit along winding forest paths. On the summit stands a Holy Year cross, erected in 1950 and a commemorative stone dedicated to those who died in battle in 1798. On your return walk, take a left as you enter the forest for wonderful views of West Wexford.


Scarke Loop leads to the Forge Crossroads where there is a commemorative stone outlining the history of Denn’s forge. Pike used in the Battle of Ross were forged here. Keep an eye out for a flock of Jacob sheep grazing at the Queen Anne gate lodge.


Millstream Trail follows along the Maudlins Stream to Ballyroe Bridge and the ruin of Napper’s Mill. From Hook Mill Lane, the trail brings you to Fairgreen in the Irish town in New Ross town.


You can follow the map along currently unmarked sections of the trail. Explore the historic streets of New Ross, visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship, The Ross Tapestry, St. Mary’s Church and Woodville House and Gardens.


If you want to explore more Wexford walking trails, don’t miss our blog Best Walking Trails in County Wexford.

More information about the Lacken Hill Walking Trail, here