Beech Trail
(Bree Hill Trails)

Grade:        Moderate

Distance:    10.2 km / 6.3 miles

Waymarking: Blue

Trailhead:   Bree Village Car Park

Sat Nav:  52.43301, -6.6086

Parking:  Bree Village Car Park

Colclough Walled Garden

Trail Description

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 blue arrows. This section of the trail is also part of the Ballybrittas Dolmen Trail looping around Ballybrittas. The trail continues north along the east side of the hill in parallel with the Wilton Trail looping back along the trail to the village car park. 

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.


Don't Miss...

  • Ballybrittas Portal Tomb
  • Remains of a forester’s lodge
  • Spectacular sunsets with views of the Blackstairs Mountains on the western side of the hill
  • Ruins of Wilton Mills seen from the Craan entrance to Bree Hill
  • Spectacular views, including Tuskar lighthouse at the viewing point 

Useful Trail Information

OSI Discovery Map Series 62

Grid Reference: T 152 714

Ascent: 80m

Walking time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Format: Loop

Surface: Mixed Surfaces

Gates/Stiles: No

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: 

Picnic Area:  

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.

Getting Here

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.   
Distance: 10km

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. 
Distance: 14.5km

These trails are located in Coillte owned forests.

Wexford Walking Trails clg appreciates the support and co-operation of Coillte under their Open Forest Policy.

Trail Grades

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