Kilanerin – Curragh Woods 

Good to Know

Sat Nav: 52.726, -6.275

OSI Discovery Map Series: 62

Grid Reference: T 166 654

Guided Tours: N

Parking: Y

Don’t Miss

  • Wexford Lavender Farm next to Curragh Wood with two acres of lavender for distilling, a gift shop and the Purple Haze Cafe with freshly baked goods and lunches.
  • Newly restored Pugin-style interior painted St. Peter & Paul’s Church, in the centre of the picturesque village of Kilanerin.
  • Noel Murphy’s friendly shop, post office and pub. The hub of the village where you can buy anything from a needle to an anchor. Advice on local information is freely given.

For more local information please visit www.kilanerin.com

Spelled either Kilanerin or Killinierin, the Irish Coill an Iarainn means the Wood of the Iron. The Kilanerin / Curragh Woods walk passes through 100 acres of native mixed woodland. Among the trees that can be seen are alder, ash, birch, hawthorn, oak, holly, willow, non-native beech, spruce and larch. In the Ballynestragh Estate, you can see Australian eucalyptus from the edge of the woods.

In our four seasons, a variety of carpets are rolled out underfoot for the welcome walker. The colour and splendour are provided by bluebells, violets, ferns, rushes, foxgloves, wild orchids, and a wide magical range of fungi. With the gentle flowing sound of the river that meanders its way through the two woods, starting out as Errity’s Stream flowing into the ‘Mill River’ coupled with the constant melodic music from the wide variety of birdlife occupying the trees and hedgerows, a great sense of serenity is created as you walk.

The combined loops of Kilanerin and Curragh Woods form a figure eight walk linked briefly by road and footpath, while separately they provide a shorter, refreshing looped stroll. From the Kilanerin side, the remains of a mass path used by many people years ago to get to Kilanerin Church can still be seen. From the Curragh side, which has an upper and lower level, there are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The two walks together provide an oasis of natural habitat and an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with family and friends of all ages.

The Kilanerin Loop has been re-developed to make it accessible for buggies and off-road wheelchairs. The wheelchairs can be obtained from Kilanerin Community Centre by arrangement. Call (0402) 44555 or email admin@kilanerin.com in advance of use.

Kilanerin Curragh Woods Map image

Trail

Distance

Ascent

Walking time

Waymarking

Grade

Kilanerin Loop

3 km (1.9 miles)

30m

45 min

Red

Easy

Curragh Loop

3.5km (2.2 miles)

20m

1 hour 

White

Moderate

Kilanerin/Curragh

6.5km (4 miles)

50m

1 hour 45 min

Red/White

Moderate

Distance: 3 km (1.9 miles)

Ascent: 30m

Walking time: 45 minutes

Waymarking: Red

Grade: Easy

Distance: 3.5km (2.2 miles)

Ascent: 20m

Walking time: 1 hour

Waymarking: White

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 6.5km (4 miles)

Ascent: 50m

Walking time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Waymarking: Red/White

Grade: Moderate

Getting Here

Take exit 22 from Dublin/Wexford on the M11, to first exit beside strawberry farm. Take immediate right across railway bridge, straight up through the crossroad, on past Woodlands B&B. Starting point will be further up on left.