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Sat Nav: 52.368, -6.781

OSI Discovery Map Series 76

Grid Reference: S 830 250

Guided Tours: N

Parking: Y


Browne Clayton Monument

Gilly Thomas Sculpture

  New Ross Town


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  • This area was once part of the Browne-Clayton Estate and an important landmark during the 1798 Rebellion. United Irish insurgents, under the command of Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey, assembled in an area within the forest known locally as ‘Camp Field’ on June 4, 1798 to prepare for the Battle of New Ross.
  • Other important historical landmarks include the site of a hedge school and a mass rock which can be found on the north eastern slopes.
  • Significant archaeological sites in the forest include standing stones, a forge, a cave, and the site of castle.

Carrickbyrne Hill (Carraig Bhrain), a public woodland, is noted for its aesthetic and recreational value. The geology of the hill is Ordovivian Volcanic Felsites and Rhyolites; these rocks were formed during volcanic activity about 400 million years ago.

Carrickbyrne Hill features four looped trails individually waymarked – starting at the trailhead in the main car park/picnic area. These routes provide 18 km of mixed forest trails, offering peace, tranquillity and breathtaking views of Mount Leinster, the Blackstairs and the surrounding countryside.

The purple trail is the fourth waymarked trail which has been added to provide a challenging longer woodland trail for the more athletic walker/hiker. This route will also start at the main entrance/picnic area, following forest tracks and taking in the 1798 Camp Field and stunning  mountain views. Continue on this trail until it narrows on to a smaller track with a gradual incline and becomes more challenging as it winds its way to the top. Here, you can marvel at the magnificent vista including the Blackstairs Mountain range, Forth Mountain, Bree Hill, the coast and miles of ever-changing countryside.

At this point if you wish to take in the Hedge School and Mass Rock, follow a steep, unmarked downward track on your left connecting with the blue trail. Continuing on the blue trail will lead you through a gate and turning left on to a small section of road you will reach the Hedge School and Mass
Rock. (This is a linear route of 300m each way) Otherwise, continue right on the waymarked purple trail taking you over a steep section of the hill.
Follow this trail back to the car park, while enjoying the scenic views and soothing forest environment.

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Walking time



Forge Trail

4.6 km (3 miles)





Hedge School Trail

4.4km (2.8 miles)


1 hour



Camp Trail

3.6km (2.3 miles)


40 min



Carrickbyrne Hill

5.5 km (3.4 miles)


1hr 45 minutes



Distance:4.6km (3miles)
Ascent: 80m
Walking time: 1hr 
Waymarking: Red
Grade Easy

Distance : 4.4km (2.8 miles)
Ascent : 35m
Walking time: 1hr
Waymarking: Blue
Grade: Easy

Distance:3.6km (2.3 miles)
Ascent: 60m
Walking time:

Distance: 5.5km (3.4 miles)
Ascent: 60m
Walking time:
1hr 45min

Getting Here

Carrickyrne Hill is conveniently situated adjacent to the main N25 national road route between New Ross and Wexford Towns.

From New Ross town, travel on the N25 for approx. 13km where you will find the Forest on the left hand side of the road.

From Wexford Town travel on the N25 in the direction of New Ross/ Waterford, approx. 23km you will find the forest entrance on the right hand side of the road.