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 right following the green arrows. The trail continues north along the east side of the hill in parallel with the Beech Trail down to Craan Lane looping back along the trail to the village car park.
It is important to note that Bree Hill is a designated venue for mountain biking and although the mountain bike trails are not part of the walking routes, one needs to be aware that some mountain bike paths cross the walking trails at a few points and due care should be taken.
- 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
Walking time: 2 Hours
Surface: Mixed Surfaces
Start/Finish: Bree Village Car Park
Equipment Recommended: Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended for a moderate grade trail.
Other Useful Information
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