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Tintern Abbey

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There are three trails to choose from at Tintern Abbey:

Trail Name Gardeners Trail
Designation NTO registered (Click here for details)
Trail Distance   0.9km 
Ascent         negligible
Walking time  20mins
Waymarking  Blue
Grade             Easy

Trail Name  Demesne Trail
Designation NTO registered (Click here for details)
Trail Distance          2.4km
Ascent    50m
Walking time   40mins – 1hr
Waymarking Red
Grade Moderate

Trail Name  Bannow Bay Trail
Designation NTO registered (Click here for details)
Trail Distance   7.2 km
Ascent   50m
Walking time 1-1.5 hours 
Waymarking   Green 
Grade   Moderate

OSI Discovery Map   Series 76
Grid Reference S795 101
Sat Nav 52.23696-6.83778 (This directs you to the front entrance to avoid unsurfaced lanes. Continue to trailhead near Abbey.)


Gardener’s Trail: This walk starts at Tintern Abbey, which was founded in the early 13th century. Cross the Tintern River via the old stone bridge and enjoy the mixed woodland containing 200 year old beech trees. About half way, discover the Colclough Walled Garden (admission charge) which once supplied the Colclough family who lived in the abbey. Look out for the ruins of the head gardener’s cottage on the return path to the trailhead.

Tintern Demesne Trail: This walk along the Tintern River and around the demesne boundary shows Nature’s bounty, including fine beech, oak, and chestnut trees as well as kingfishers, egrets, buzzards, red squirrels, stoats, and seven types of bat. As the path winds through the woods, enjoy picturesque views of the Abbey across the green pasture.

Bannow Bay Trail: Starting at the Abbey, this trail meanders through the ‘Deal park’ and on to the ‘Brickfield’ where the bricks to construct the Walled Garden were made. Your walk will take in the old estate village of Saltmills. Cross over Saltmills bridge, following part of the Wexford coastal path and, after passing St. Mary’s ‘First Fruit ‘church, turn right and follow the edge of Bannow Bay. This area is home to an old IRA memorial, a rare double lime kiln, a grounded dredger and is rich in bird life. Follow the road uphill to a crossroads, turn left, and ventually cross the L4041 road. Climb over the stile and a tranquil leafy lane returns you to the trailhead.

 Don’t Miss!

  • A restored, working, Georgian walled garden (open all year)
  • A Cistercian Abbey (seasonal visitor centre)
  • A haven for wildlife
  • The nearby village of Fethard-on-Sea with its amenities and beaches
  • Heritage features including the remnants of an 18th century demesne

Useful Information


Nearest Town\Village:  Fethard-on-Sea

Directions:  From the R733, take the L4041 and, after 1km, turn right at the entrance to Tintern Abbey. Continue to Trailhead at the Abbey.

Points to Note

  • N.B. Entrance gates locked each evening (check notice for times).
  • Alternative trailhead located in Saltmills village.

Contact Us

For more information about Tintern Trails e-mail us at: tinterntrails@gmail.com