Tintern Walking Trails

Saltmills

Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, County Wexford

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These three looped walks start from the trailhead at Tintern Abbey, and offer a variety of scenery and historical features along the routes.  You can dowload the information below, along with maps here: Tintern Walking Trails – full trail information with Maps 2016.

Osi map: Discovery series 76

Trailhead grid reference:  S795101

Sat. Nav. 52.23690- 683810  These coordinates direct you to the front entrance to avoid unsurfaced lanes.

 

Overview

Pretty inland countryside with quiet woodland walks, combined with a stretch of coastline which is particularly beautiful, makes this part of Wexford one of the most scenic areas of Ireland.

These walks encompass many distinctive attractions, including spectacular scenery, ancient monuments and a variety of birdlife.

The area around Bannow Bay has strong links with the past and there is much to engage the interest of the walker.  The Normans first landed in Ireland at Bannow in 1169 and dominated the region for many years. Their influence can still be seen in the wealth of castles and other remains which dot the landscape. A fine example of their legacy can be seen at the Cistercian monastery of Tintern Abbey.

Walkers can enjoy panoramic views out over Bannow Bay and of the Saltee and Keeragh islands as they follow the road beside the bay, which is an important bird watching area. The mild climate of this part of south-east Ireland ensures year round food sources and therefore good overwintering grounds for a wide variety of migratory birds. An expanse of mudflats exposed at low tide offers an ideal habitat for large numbers of waders, Shelduck, Brent geese and other wildfowl.

 

Directions to the Trailheads

From the R733 take the L4041 and after 1km.turn right at the entrance to Tintern Abbey. Continue to trailhead at the abbey.

N.B. ENTRANCE GATES LOCKED EVERY EVENING, CHECK NOTICE FOR TIMES. If you think you will be returning to your car after the gates are locked, please bear this in mind. An alternative trailhead is located next to the pub in Saltmills. Parking available on road in village.

 

Further Information

Please visit our Tintern Trails Facebook page.

For trail maintenance issues please contact 0874146403

Visit ‘Hook tourism’com’ for information on the Hook peninsula area’

The village of Fethard on Sea is a 10min.drive away and has shops, pubs, cafes, etc.

Emergency contact. Gardai: 999 or local Garda station. Ballycullane 051562740. New Ross 051426030

 

Please respect the beauty and tranquillity of the area, some trails are on private land and access is by kind permission of the landowners.

Coillte have byelaws relating to their properties, details can be found on the Coillte Outdoors website.

Please keep your dog under control at all times, some trails are close to areas containing livestock.

 

TINTERN TRAILS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED BY HOOK TOURISM WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE FOLLOWING:

COILLTE. WEXFORD LOCAL DEVELOPMENT TUS SCHEME,FAS, WEXFORD COUNTY COUNCIL AND THE OPW

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