Trail Name BallyBeg Loop
Trail Distance 9km (5.6 miles)
Walking time 2.5-3 hours
Trail Name Slieveboy Loop
Trail Distance 12 km (7.5 miles)
Walking time 3.5-4 hours
Designation NTO accredited(***) (Click here for details)
OSI Discovery Map Series 69
Grid Reference T 028 590
Sat Nav 52.6724098, -6.479752299
These three walks, beginning from the trailhead in the car park in quiet Askamore village, make up the Askamore Loop. Individually waymarked, the walks all follow a minor road which brings you uphill through scenery reminiscent of an Austrian valley, with trees sweeping below you, and wonderful views to the Wicklow Hills and beyond. Entering the wooded section of the walk to the left will eventually reveal the Co. Wexford coast, allowing breathtaking views north to the sea-based windmills on the Arklow sandbanks, east to Kilmuckridge, and south to Enniscorthy, New Ross and Wexford in the distance.Further along the track, the Askamore Loop continues down to the right and back to Askamore village.
The Ballybeg and Slieveboy walks continue down to the left and re-enter on the slopes of Sliabh Bhuí. Now you can see as far as medieval Ferns, and across to Mount Leinster and the renowned Blackstairs mountains. If you’re feeling up to it, an unmarked path will take you to the summit of Sliabh Bhuí at 420m. The routes divide and rejoin to bring you back down to Askamore. Watch out for fallow deer, particularly on the first section of these walks. These walks are a must for those interested in breathtaking scenery with stunning views across Wexford and Wicklow.
- Askamore’s thriving rural community recently opened a new park as part of its local development. This includes a lit walkway around a playground, picnic area, adult gym and a seven-circuit classical labyrinth. Walk, play, meditate, chat, eat – you’re welcome to join us.
- Other local sites include a famine graveyard and the site of one of the battles of 1798 in Ballyellis, where a rare rebel victory occurred on June 30, nine days after the Battle of Vinegar Hill.
- Coffee shops and other services in the heritage town of Carnew, 4.5km away.
Nearest Town /Village: Askamore