Bunclody – Coolmelagh coillte logo

Good to Know

Sat Nav: 52.686, -6.580

OSI Discovery Map Series: 62 (trailhead) Walks on 68 & 69 also

Grid Reference: S 963 604

Guided Tours: N

Parking: Y

Three looped walks climb to Gibbet Hill. Gibbet is an old English name for Hanging Hill. This hints to a place of execution where beautiful views meant that, no matter what your crime, your last sight on earth was heavenly. These loops on forest roads all rise with a steady climb close to the top of Gibbet Hill with breathtaking views on offer.

Don’t Miss

  • Windmills and a Marian Year cross at the summit where the gibbet once stood.
  • Views of Counties Wexford, Carlow and Wicklow.
  • All kinds of native wildlife, such as Irish hare, fox, badger, Peregrine falcon, hen harrier raven.
  • The colour of the changing seasons

Trail

Distance

Ascent

Walking time

Waymarking

Grade

Prospect Loop

5.4 km (3.4 miles)

140m

1hr 30min

Blue

Easy

Gibbet Hill

10km (6.25 miles)

210m

2 hours

Orange

Moderate

Coolmelagh

13.3km (8.3 miles)

280m

3 hour 30 min

Red

Moderate

Distance: 5.4km (3.4 miles)
Ascent: 140m
Walking time: 1hr 30min
Waymarking: Blue
Grade Easy

Distance : 10km (6.25 miles)
Ascent : 210m
Walking time: 2hr
Waymarking: Orange
Grade: Moderate

s.

Distance:13.3km (8.3 miles)
Ascent: 280m
Walking time: 
3hr 30min
Waymarking:
Red
Grade:
Moderate

Getting Here

From Bunclody take the Carnew Road R746 for 6km tothe forest entrance.