Here are 8 great family walks in Wexford that are sure to keep the kids happy and give them a break from their toys while also allowing us mums and dads to work off a few pounds!!
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#1. John F Kennedy Arboretum
The JFK Arboretum has 252 hectares with planned walks. There is a huge labyrinth for kids to explore, a playground with picnic area and a cafe open during the summer.
There is also a mini train and great bike paths! Dogs must be kept on a lead.
My kids really love going here. It’s a great day out and there’s plenty of shelter in case of rain (or snow!)
#2. Courtown Woods
Originally an old oak woodland, Courtown Woods is a great place for a family walk. The area is noted for its variety of wildlife including otters, swans and ducks.
You can choose from 4 different walks: the River Walk (1.9km), Top Walk (1.2km), Canal Walk (1km) or High Cross Walk (1km).
Ballinatray Bridge, once amongst the tallest viaducts in Ireland, can be seen as well as a yew tree planted in the 1870s, felled many years ago, that continues to grow adjacent to the River Walk. In late spring, there’s a spectacular carpet of white wild garlic flowers as well as bluebells.
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#3. The Three Rocks Trail
Coillte Outdoors provide a 8km long trail across Fort Mountain and Shelmalier, The Three Rocks Trail.
There are shorter loops for families, picnic areas and great viewing points.
#4. Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey Trails include 3km of trail with 200 year old beech and oak trees in Saltmills, New Ross. Tranquil woodland and walking trail with cafe and toilet facilities. Admission Adult €2 and children €0.75. This is a shorter walk and will only require an hour’s visit.
Edenvale-Crossabeg-Castlebridge is a lovely river walk with waterfall and ruins of an old house. Gives the children a sense of adventure. Steep steps in parts! A good place for salmon fishing too!
#6. Dunanore Woods
Running along the River Slaney, Dunanore Woods get their name from Dun na Oir and legends of buried treasure!! Beautiful all year round and especially in spring with the abundance of bluebells and 100 year old trees.
#7. Carribyrne Hill
Carrigbyrne Hill is a 5km trail through a forest of mainly coniferous trees. Family walking and cycling.
#8. Curracloe Nature Trail
The gorgeous Curracloe Beach, famous for being featured in the film Saving Private Ryan, is a 15 minute drive from Wexford town. A nature trail runs through the dunes and continues for 5 km to Raven Point, through the Raven Nature Reserve, a sanctuary for birds such as geese and wildlife such as the red squirrel. A looped walk of the area goes to the tip of the Raven Point spit through the wood and back again via the beach.
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