Bounded by the Owenavorragh River on the north side and the canal on the seaward side to the east, Courtown Woodland dates back to pre-Famine times.
At 25 hectares, it was once home to oak and ash trees. Acquired by the State in the late 1950s, it was planted with commercial timber. The mixed conifers – broadleaf plantings – were largely of spruce with some ash although small strands of oak remain together with avenues of chestnut and lime trees.
The canal was constructed under a Famine relief scheme in 1847 and, as you choose your walk along the River Walk, Top Walk, Canal Walk or High Cross Walk, you are following in the footsteps of the previous Lords and Ladies of Courtown and their visitors.
Keep an eye out for remaining trees from the fifth Earl’s conifer collection, including Californian redwood, swamp cypress, Japanese cedar, cedar of Lebanon and a number of pine, yew and true cypresses. You will also notice common oak, ash, sycamore whilst, unfortunately, English Elm dating from the 1840s have mostly succumbed to Dutch Elm disease and are now suckering remnants of once fine, pre-Famine trees.
A beautiful woodland area offering a cool green respite from the sunshine and sea in Courtown, these walks, with a tree-lined avenue, offer a glimpse of the past and a chance to recover from today’s busy schedules while smelling the wild garlic!
Full details and map can be found here: Wexford Walking Trail – Courtown Woodland
Address: Trailhead 2 is beside the main entrance to Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre
Guided Tours: Not available
Opening Times: All year round
Entrance Fee: Free