The trail begins at the village car park. Upon exiting the car park turn right and follow the footpath towards the church. Turn left at the church, before the village shop, and follow the road for approximately one kilometre where there is a laneway on the right that is signposted ‘Bree Hill’. Follow the lane uphill until it joins the forest track. Here turn left following the red arrows along the trail for approximately a kilometre where there is a viewing point and benches. To the left, there is a gated path to the down to the Dolmen. Follow this downhill path for another kilometre until you reach the end of the trail where the path loops around the Dolmen. Returning up the hill to the forest track, veer left, looping back to where the trail originally joined the forest track. To continue on the blue or green trail head north along the trail following the blue/green waymarkers. To return to the car park follow the path back down the hill.
The Dolmen on this trail dates from the Neolithic Period (4000-2500 BC) and is probably Wexford’s oldest standing structure. The Tomb consists of two large portal stones and a backstone that support a substantial roof stone. In addition, the dolmen has two side stones and a sill stone, the latter located at the tomb’s east facing entrance. Together, these elements enclose a small rectangular chamber in which the burial remains would have been placed. This form of burial monument is known as a Portal Tomb.
Please note: Bree Hill is a designated venue for mountain biking and although the mountain bike trails are not part of the walking routes, some mountain bike paths cross the walking trails at a few locations. Due care should be taken.
- Ballybrittas Portal Tomb
- Flora & Fauna along the trail
Useful Trail Information
OSI Discovery Map Series 62
Grid Reference: T 152 714
Walking time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Surface: Mixed Surfaces
Gates/Stiles: Yes, swing gates alongside
Start/Finish: Bree Village Car Park
Equipment Recommended: Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended for a moderate grade trail.
Other Useful Information
Mobile Coverage: Generally good
Picnic Area: None
Public Toilets: Bree Community Centre
Facilities: Village shop and pub
Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control at all times. You must clean up after your dog if it fouls in a public place.
From Enniscorthy take the R772 towards Wexford. After 6km turn right towards Edermine. Turn left at the next T-junction. After 100m turn right and follow the road to the next T-junction. Turn left and continue 1km into Bree village. Look for Bree Community Centre on the left after the church. The trailhead and car park are here.
From Wexford: At the New Ross Road roundabout take the northbound exit. Take the next left onto the R730 and continue for 12km. Turn right and follow the road for another 1.9 kilometres. Turn right again and continue into Bree village. The community centre and village car park is on the right before the church.
Trail grades give an indication of what to expect when out on a trail. The grade will give an idea of the level of fitness and ability required to use the trail.
Before attempting a trail, it is important to consider the grading to ensure it matches your ability and level of fitness.
Wexford Walking Trails are graded by Sport Ireland according to their criteria which is explained here.
Flat smooth trails, suitable for all users including people with reduced mobility, wheelchair users, people with a vision impairment, using crutches, with a buggy, with small children, older people and so on. Normal outdoor footwear can be worn. Source : Sport Ireland
These trails may have some climbs and may have an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks, etc. The routes are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended. Source : Sport Ireland
Generally flat trails with a smooth surface and some gentle slopes or shallow steps. These trails are generally suitable for family groups including children and older people. Normal outdoor footwear can be worn. Source : Sport Ireland
These are physically demanding trails, which will typically have some sections with steep climbs for long periods and the going underfoot can be extremely rough including many obstacles. Suitable for users accustomed to walking on rough ground and with a high level of fitness. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required. Source : Sport Ireland