Wexford Walking Trails
A selection of beautiful walks awaits you in Wexford: wooded, historic, coastal and mountain trails. Choose from a wide range of quality walks through quiet rural landscapes of diverse character. All trails are steeped in the history of the island long regarded as ‘the end of the known world’.
Located in the south-east of the island of Ireland, County Wexford has an exceptionally varied landscape for you to savour. Ranging from long sandy beaches in the east to the wild Hook Peninsula in the south-west. Walk through bird-rich polders beside Wexford town. Traverse the slopes of Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs Mountains in the west.
Wexford, on the gentle River Slaney, has been the gateway for repeated invasions down the centuries. Archaeological treasures abound: religious, civic, military, from the earliest times down to the high mediaeval to the John F Kennedy experience of recent decades.
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The Blackstairs form an integral part of Ireland’s heritage. Its natural cover harboured many rebels during the 1798 Rebellion, the bloodiest conflict in Ireland’s modern Irish history. The highest peak is Mount Leinster (795m), dominating the surrounding skyline.
The name Leinster comes from the Irish Laighin, the ancient name of the province whose king was buried beneath a cairn here before the time of Christ. The Blackstairs mountain is the second highest peak.
Mountains to Sea….
Over half of County Wexford’s border is bounded by the sea. As a result, our coast has some of the most fantastic, interesting and, in some instances, rare sea and bird life, seaweed, grasses and flowers along our shores. Not surprisingly, fresh fish adorns the menus of restaurants, cafes and pubs in small villages and towns along the coast.
County Wexford boasts some of the longest unbroken stretches of coastline in the country. A haven for bathers and fishermen, with an abundance of sandy beaches and interesting coves to explore.