For a full historical experience, Wells House is a must-see. A beautiful Victorian house and gardens right in the heart of Wexford. It was built in the late 1600s and hosts a range of activities including falconry, archery, clay pigeon shooting and manicured gardens.
The Lady Frances Woodland Walk is a beautiful Elizabethen forest walk that starts at Wells House and meanders through the adjacent Woodlands for 1.2km. These woodlands are open to be explored and offer a wide variety of mature trees to be appreciated and climbed and beautiful shrubs and plants. There is also a selection of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Keep an eye out for the original Wishing Well, fairy doors, our fairy castle and many more surprises along the way.
Bring your wellies and enjoy some fresh Wexford air at Wexford Lavender Farm. Walk through the lavender field into beautiful Irish woodland. There are walks to suit everyone ranging from 2 km to 7 km for the more energetic.
In nearby Courtown, there are opulent Woodlands to explore. The Woodlands date back to 1870 when the first oak and ash trees were planted. Courtown also has a fabulous sandy beach where you can lie back and enjoy the sunny South East.
A unique way to explore the area of is to go on a looped walk. Hike over the forest plains and scenic Slieves to see all the beauty of Gorey and its surrounds. Enjoy a walk in the countryside at Askamore loop. A 6km walk through laneways and forestry roads taking just one hour and 30mins.
Head to nearby Ferns to explore St. Mary’s Augustinian Abbey which is steeped in history. Founded by Diarmuid MacMurrough in 1158, he took sanctuary in the Abbey whilst he awaited the arrival of his Anglo Norman allies. Cast yourself back in history by walking where historical figures have walked.
Enjoy Croghan Cluster – three new and upgraded walking trails at Raheenleagh Wind Farm in South Wicklow:
· Croghan trail passes close to three wind turbines as it makes its way up to a spectacular viewing point that includes views of the old goldmining area by Ballinagore Bridge.
· Forde’s Farmhouse trail is named after the Forde family, the owners of most of the land on Raheenleagh up until the early 1940s.
· Bann River trail separates from the Forde Farmhouse trail just after it passes over the source of the Bann river, which is a key tributary of the Slaney that provides a lot of the drinking water for North Wexford.
It’s free but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.
Everyone runs for their own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! And join the gang for a post parkrun coffee at Joanne’s Café, Main Street (we’ll be upstairs) – please come and join us!
Check out Wexford Walking Trails, a network of walking trails throughout Co. Wexford.
You can walk through bird-rich polders beside Wexford town or traverse the slopes of Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs Mountains in the west. In between, you can choose from a wide range of quality walks through quiet rural landscapes of diverse character and all steeped in the history of the island long regarded as ‘the end of the known world’.