Tintern Abbey Walking Trails

Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland

There are four walking trails around Tintern Abbey for all to enjoy.

Tintern Abbey is a Cistercian abbey, founded c.1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th Century until the 1960s.

The walking trails around Tintern Abbey are: 

Gardener’s Trail – This walk starts at Tintern Abbey, which was founded in the early 13th century. Cross the Tintern River via the old stone bridge and enjoy the mixed woodland containing 200-year-old beech trees. About halfway along, discover the Colclough Walled Garden (admission charge) which once supplied the Colclough family who lived in the abbey. Look out for the ruins of the head gardener’s cottage on the return path to the trailhead. This trail is suitable for buggies and wheelchair users.

Distance: 0.9 km (0.6 miles)

Ascent: negligible

Walking time: 20 min 

Waymarking: Blue

Grade: Easy

Tintern Demesne Trail – This walk along the Tintern River and around the demesne boundary showcases Nature’s bounty, including fine beech, oak, and chestnut trees as well as kingfishers, egrets, buzzards, red squirrels, stoats, and seven types of bat. As the path winds through the woods enjoy picturesque views of the Abbey across the green pasture.

Distance: 2.4km (1.5 miles)

Ascent: 50m

Walking time: 40 min

Waymarking: Red

Grade: Easy

Bannow Bay Trail – Starting at the abbey, this trail meanders through the Deal park and on to the Brickfield where the bricks to construct the walled garden were made. Your walk will take in the old estate village of Saltmills. Cross over Saltmills bridge, following part of the Wexford coastal path and, after passing St. Mary’s ‘First Fruit’ church, turn right and follow the edge of Bannow Bay. This area is home to an old IRA memorial, a rare double lime kiln, a grounded dredger and is rich in birdlife. Follow the road uphill to a crossroads, turn left, and eventually cross the L4041 road. Climb over the stile and a tranquil leafy lane returns you to the trailhead.

Distance: 7.2 km (4.5 miles)

Ascent: 50 m

Walking time: 1 hr to 1.5 hrs

Waymarking: Green

Grade: Moderate

Foxboro Trail – This woodland trail along the Tintern river includes some climbs. It offers a pleasant serene landscape and the combination of drifts of ferns, bluebells and wild garlic makes this a stunning walk-in springtime.

Distance: 3.5 km (2.2 miles)

Ascent: 200 m

Walking time: 1hr

Waymarking: Purple

Grade: Moderate

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

More information about the Tintern Abbey Walking Trail, here