Distance: 6km (3.7 miles)
Walking time: 1hr 15min
OSI Discovery Map Series 69
GRID REFERENCE: S 974 394
SAT NAV: 52.496, -6.566
The trail is a 3km (6km round trip) scenic walk along the western bank of the River Slaney south of Enniscorthy town. The trail starts along the promenade walk at the southern end of the town and heads past a playground, crosses a footbridge at the River Urrin and follows a gravel path through a semi-wild meadow which is part of an extensive Special Area of Conservation. The meadow plains offer views up and down the valley plus that of Brownswood House, the home of Eileen Gray, the famous furniture designer. The trail has proved to be very popular with the public and is well used by the residents of Enniscorthy Town and visitors alike. The trail is level, with a number of benches offering a chance to rest and take in the views and tranquillity along the route. The river and meadow are part of the Slaney River Valley Special Area of Conservation which consists of dense scrub and grass dominated with herb layers. The meadow is flanked on the western boundary by alluvial wet woodland with strands of common alder and ash trees. The river margin next to the trail supports a variety of marsh and swamp flora such as iris and aquatic plants. The river and meadow are also part of the Wexford Harbour & Slobs Special Protection Area for birds and the tranquil walk is only interrupted by the rich sound of birds and wildlife.
- There are numerous reverie fauna living and feeding within this special area. Local fauna include badgers, otters, frogs, swans, geese, goldfinch, thrush and heron and the river is stocked with Atlantic salmon, twaite shad and trout.
- Views of the home of Eileen Gray the famous furniture designer.
Directions: This walk is located in the town of Enniscorthy and the car park is adjacent to the Riverside Park Hotel.