If you’re looking to get out and about with the kids, there’s nothing better than a day in fresh air exploring. Wexford offers plenty of countryside to choose from, so we’ve rounded up our favourite places for great family walks in Wexford that are perfect for a family-friendly day out.
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Whether you prefer to walk on the beach on a hillside or through the woods, Wexford has the answer. Pack a picnic and enjoy the fresh air together as a family, rain or shine!
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Walks in Wexford to Enjoy as a Family
#1. John F Kennedy Arboretum
The JFK Arboretum has 252 hectares with planned walks and over 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all temperate regions of the world.
The lake is the most popular part of the Arboretum, although there is also a huge labyrinth for kids to explore, a playground with picnic area, a mini train, and a cafe open during the summer.
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#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. Visitors can view the remains of the nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. They can also participate in 45-minute guided tours of the property which, in the 16th century, became living quarters for the Colclough family.
This is a shorter and trandquil woodland walk and will only require an hour’s visit.
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Edenvale-Crossabeg-Castlebridge is a lovely river walk with a waterfall and ruins of an old house that will give the children a sense of adventure! Steep steps in parts, and 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, especially in spring with the abundance of bluebells and 100-year-old trees.
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#7. Carrigbyrne Hill
Carrigbyrne Hill, a 5km trail through a forest of mainly coniferous trees, 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.
Once there, walks can be long or short, and each wind and turn of the walk assures breathtaking views across wide landscapes of the valleys surrounding the hill. There are megalithic standing stones dotted around the hill, as well as places to picnic and stop to rest.
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#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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Do you have any favourite family walks in Wexford? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!