Kelly’s Wood has two waymarked trails. The Oaklands trail is set in a tranquil looped walk around a natural oak-dominated wood, elevated in part and overlooking a fishing pond. A linear spur trail leads to an old stone limekiln and icehouse.
Kelly’s Wood (Oaklands) was the seat of the Tyndall family who descended from John Tyndall of Gloucestershire, who came to Ireland during the Cromwellian campaign and had a grant of land confirmed to him in 1668. His wife was Isabelle de Rinzy from Wexford. The house was destroyed by fire in 1957, but remains of the icehouse and limekiln can be found in the woodlands.
The wood is now managed by Coillte and Oaklands is a good example of wet woodlands which are important for the less conspicuous elements of biodiversity, i.e. insects and lichens. In wet areas, depending on factors such as degree of water logging and soil pH, wet-loving trees such as willows, birch and alder thrive.
Full details and map can be found here: Wexford Walking Trail – Kelly’s Wood
Address: Oaklands, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Guided Tours: Not available
Opening Times: All year round
Entrance Fee: Free