Raven Point Wood
Distance 9 km with shorter option of 4.5km (Turn left at post no 5 and then left again onto the beach)
Ascent less than 10m
Walking time 2 – 3 Hours
OSI Discovery Map Series 77
Grid Reference T 111 267
Sat Nav 52.38041 -6.36780
Starting at the Raven Wood Car Park, your walk takes you south through pine woods on sand dunes; round the outside of the southern tip of the woods and then north through another woodland section until you go down on to the beach for the final three kilometres.
The Raven Sand Dunes have been forming since the 1600s from seas and which is being blown onshore where it continues to be trapped and bound in-place by plants.
The fields adjoining the forest to the west are the North Slob lands, home to important wild goose populations in winter. People are asked to stay well back from the fields so as not to disturb these birds.
The trees are mainly Corsican Pines with areas of other species. Tree planting has happened since the 1930s to prevent coastal erosion and protect the North Slob lands. Beyond the southern end of the wood are more open areas with grasses and flowers.
- The stunning views of Wexford Harbour
- You may be lucky enough to see Red Squirrels, Grey Seals or a variety of wild orchids in summer months
- On winter evenings all the geese from the North Slob fly out at twilight to roost on sand banks in Wexford Harbour. Those staying late enough to watch this memorable sight will need torches to walk back to the car park
- Curracloe Beach has a Blue Flag in most seasons
- Wexford Wildfowl Reserve near Ardcavan, Wexford. There is a visitor centre with observation tower and hides from which the wild geese can be seen from October to March