Carrickbyrne (or Carrigbyrne) Hill is a great place to walk for the whole family as it is steeped in natural, historical and cultural tradition. There are a few different trails to choose from and each one is characteristically distinct from the other.
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Carrickbyrne Hill offers an historic and scenic 5km long forest trail with multiple viewing points.
Getting to Carrickbyrne Hill
From Wexford town take the N25 to New Ross after about 23km, you will see Carrickbyrne picnic benches on the right hand side of the road. Proceed up the driveway to parking area.
Walks at Carrigbyrne Hill
Once there, walks can be long or short but they are guaranteed to offer a good stretch of the legs for the kids as well as stimulate a healthy appetite and a sound night’s sleep!
Carrigbyrne Hill also has Slí na Sláinte marked and measured walking routes.
Each wind and turn of the walk assures breathtaking views across wide landscapes of the valleys surrounding the hill and there are places to picnic and stop to rest and take in the views.
As well as the amazing natural history and flora and fauna there is a strong history associated with Carrigbyrne Hill. Megalithic standing stones are dotted around the hill as well as other buildings such as Brown’s Clayton’s Folly, Evoy’s Forge, Courthowell Castle.
There’s also an old Hedge School or scoil scairte the name given to an educational practice in 18th and 19th century Ireland. Hedge schools came about as local educated men began an oral tradition of teaching the community.
The hill was also a source of food in times past and is closely associated with an annual event called ‘Fraughan Picking’ which took place on the last Sunday in July. The tradition goes back to when food was scarce and the first berries were harvested.
One can conjure images of famine children going to the hedge school and picking berries along the way in autumn. Fraughan Sunday was also the a day for match making and dances among local people. Local honey known as Woodlands honey is made from wild blackberry hawthorn and clover flowers on Carrigbyrne rock.
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