Carrigfoyle Trails

Windgap Trail

Grade: Moderate

Distance:  960m

Waymarking: Orange

Trailhead:  Carrigfoyle Lake Car Park

Sat Nav:52.324, -6.554

Parking:  Carrigfoyle Lake Car Park,
Three Rocks Battle Site Car Park

Trail Description

This area of Forth Mountain has a long history of stone quarrying. In the early 1900s, Wexford County Council began to use the area as an official quarry to produce stone aggregate for the construction of roads and other public projects. Many local men were employed here over the years. Stone was broken by hand in the early years and drawn away by horse and cart.

In 1979, the quarry was leased by Wexford County Council to Roadstone Ltd, who planned to scale up stone abstraction. There were planning objections to the scale of development and the issue was eventually decided in the High Court. Planning conditions were imposed requiring preservation of the north facing slopes of Windgap Rocks. These and other developments reduced the commercial viability of the quarry and in 1984 quarry operations ceased at Carrigfoyle. In the years that followed, the excavated pit filled naturally with water producing the beautiful lake we have today. Trees also spread across the surrounding ground area, adding to its natural and scenic beauty.

One of the viewpoints is on Windgap Rocks, which served as a rebel look out post during the 1798 Rebellion. On the 30th May 1798, a Crown force column was spotted enroute to Wexford Town. The famous battle that ensued on the lower slopes was known as the Battle of Three Rocks, resulting in the Rebel Army’s decisive victory. You can continue downhill to the battlefield site or re-join the main Trail back here.

Don’t Miss…

  • The stunning views across the Wexford countryside
  • Carrigfoyle Quarry Lake

Useful Trail Information


OSI Discovery Map Series 77

Grid Reference:S985 202

Ascent: 25 metres

Walking time:  15 minutes

Format: Loop

Surface: path

Gates/Stiles: Chicane stiles in place at intervals along the trail

Start/Finish: Carrigfoyle Lake 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: Yes (Beside Carrigfoyle Lake Car Park)

Public Toilets:  Yes (Beside Carrigfoyle Lake)

Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control at all times.
You must clean up after your dog if it fouls in a public place.

Public Transport:  

Carrigfoyle Trails Route Map
Abandoned Quarry equipment

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Getting Here

From Wexford town: At the New Ross Road roundabout (Maldron Hotel) take the N25 towards New Ross. After approximately 1.5km turn left into Barntown, then follow the road around to the right and continue straight on. After 1.7km you will come to the 1798 Battlefield car park on your left. The car park is at the base of the hill. There is a steep slope up to the trail. To join the trail at the top of the hill, continue for another 1.2km, turn left, after 700m you will come to the Carrigfoyle Lake car park entrance. There is parking from the entrance along the road down to the main car park which you will come to after 500m.

If approaching from the R733, the New Line Road, turn at the Mountain Bar onto the L3027 and continue for 2km up over the hill until you come to the car park entrance which will be on your right. 


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