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Good to Know

Sat Nav:   52.236, -6.837
*These co-ordinates direct you to the front entrance of the Abbey to avoid unsurfaced lanes. Continue to the trailhead near the Abbey to start your walk.

OSI Discovery Map Series: 76

Grid Reference: S 795 101

Guided Tours: Y (Tintern Abbey) 

Parking: Y

Don't Miss

  • A Cistercian abbey (seasonal visitor centre).
  • Colclough Walled Garden – a restored, working, Georgian walled garden (open all year).
  • A haven for wildlife.
  • The nearby village of Fethard on Sea with its amenities and beaches.
  • Heritage features including the remnants of an 18th century demesne.

Continue along the Norman Way…

Heading East: Bannow     Heading West: Fethard Motte & Castle

Tintern Abbey

 

A Cistercian abbey, founded c.1200 by William, the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consist of nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541, and further adapted over the centuries. The Abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th Century until the 1960s.

Address: Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Guided Tours: On request

Opening Times:  Seasonal
Check Heritage Ireland website for details

Entrance Fee:  Yes
Check Heritage Ireland website for details 

Tintern Walking Trails

Gardener’s Trail – This walk starts at Tintern Abbey, which was founded in the early 13th century. Cross the Tintern River via the old stone bridge and enjoy the mixed woodland containing 200-year-old beech trees. About half way along, discover the Colclough Walled Garden (admission charge) which once supplied the Colclough family who lived in the abbey. Look out for the ruins of the head gardener’s cottage on the return path to the trailhead. This trail is suitable for buggies and wheelchair users.

Tintern Demesne Trail – This walk along the Tintern River and around the demesne boundary showcases Nature’s bounty, including fine beech, oak, and chestnut trees as well as kingfishers, egrets, buzzards, red squirrels, stoats, and seven types of bat. As the path winds through the woods, enjoy picturesque views of the Abbey across the green pasture.

Bannow Bay Trail – Starting at the abbey, this trail meanders through the Deal park and on to the Brickfield where the bricks to construct the walled garden were made. Your walk will take in the old estate village of Saltmills. Cross over Saltmills bridge, following part of the Wexford coastal path and, after passing St. Mary’s ‘First Fruit’ church, turn right and follow the edge of Bannow Bay. This area is home to an old IRA memorial, a rare double lime kiln, a grounded dredger and is rich in bird life. Follow the road uphill to a crossroads, turn left, and eventually cross the L4041 road. Climb over the stile and a tranquil leafy lane returns you to the trailhead.

Foxboro Trail – This woodland trail along the Tintern river includes some climbs. It offers a pleasant serene landscape and the combination of drifts of ferns, bluebells and wild garlic makes this a stunning walk in springtime.

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Trail

Distance

Ascent

Walking time

Waymarking

Grade

Gardener's Trail

.9 km (0.6 miles)

negligible

20 min

Blue

Easy

Demesne Trail

2.4km (1.5 miles)

50m

40 min

Red

Easy

Bannow Bay Trail

7.2 km (4.5 miles)

50m

1 hr to 1.5 hrs

Green

Moderate

Foxboro Trail

3.5 km (2.2 miles)

200m

1hr

Purple

Moderate

Distance:  .9km (.6 miles)
Ascent:  negligible
Walking time:  20min
Waymarking:  Blue
Grade: Easy

 

Distance : 2.4km (1.5 miles)
Ascent : 50m
Walking time: 40min
WaymarkingRed
Grade: Easy

Distance: 7.2 km (4.5 miles)
Ascent: 50m
Walking time: 1-1.5hr
Waymarking: Green
Grade: Moderate

Distance:  3.5 km (2.2 miles)
Ascent: 200m
Walking time: 1hr
Waymarking: Purple
Grade: Moderate

Getting Here

From the R733, take the L4041 and, after 1km, turn right at the entrance to Tintern Abbey. Continue to Trailhead at the abbey. Alternative trailhead located in Saltmills village.