Designation Slí na Slainte/Public Woodland
Walking Time –
Waymarking Slí na Sláinte Yellow/Blue
OSI Discovery Map Series number 76
Grid Reference S 380 240
Sat Nav S2.368611, -6.7813888
Carrickbyrne Hill (Carraig Bhrain), a public woodland, is noted for its aesthetic and recreational value. The geology of the hill is Ordovician/granite; these rocks were formed during volcanic activity about 400 million years ago.
Carrickbyrne Hill features three looped Slí na Sláinte routes – about 12.5km of mixed forest trails, offering peace, tranquillity and breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside. Download Slí na Slainte brochure for Carrickbyrne Hill here.
The trees are mainly a coniferous international gathering, with representatives from Europe and North America including Douglas fir from Vancouver, Japanese larch from the east and native Scots pine. You will also find oak, beech, ash, rowan, and Spanish chestnut. Laurel, bramble and heather form the main ground cover of the wood. On the trail through the forest, keep an eye out for foxes, rabbits, hares or listen out for a blackbird, thrush and jay.
- This area was once part of the Jeffers Estate and an important landmark during the 1798 Rebellion. United Irish insurgents, under the command of Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey, assembled in an area of oak wood within the forest known locally as ‘Camp Field’ on June 4, 1798 to prepare for the Battle of New Ross.
- Other important historical landmarks include the site of a hedge school and a mass rock which can be found on the north eastern slopes.
- Significant archaeological sites in the forest include standing stones, a forge, a cave, and the site of castle.