Distance: 2.3km (one way)
Trailhead: Active Tribe Centre
Sat Nav: 52°38.855’N 6°13.62’W
Parking: At the trailhead
This unique coastal trail is one of the country’s only wooded dune systems in Ireland and is therefore a site of ecological importance. NPWS have designated this site -Courtown Dunes and Glen – a proposed Natural Heritage Area. Sycamores grow in a stunted form on the crest of sand dunes. The ground flora consists largely of ivy, bluebell, horsetail and various types of fern. Courtown is an abundant home for biodiversity with our unique coastal, riverine and ancient woodland habitats drawing
an array of species to the area.
- The Old Cricket Ground, The Old Bar, The Wishing Well, Fisherman’s Walk, Hazel’s Glen and Dodd’s Rocks.
- A feast of different plant species including willow herb, herb robert, marram grass, sea holly, vetch and numerous types of fern including polypody, hart’s tongue and shield fern.
- Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers, herons, woodpeckers, jay, owls, rabbits, badgers, squirrels, foxes and even grey seals.
- Making a wish at The Wishing Well.
Useful Trail Information
OSI Discovery Map Series 69
Grid Reference: 720,000 E; 656,660N
Ascent: 3 metres
Walking time: 30 minutes (one way)
Equipment Recommended: none
Other Useful Information
Mobile Coverage: Generally Good
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: There are regular buses from Gorey.
Other Walking Trails Nearby
From Gorey, take Courtown Road R742, on the approach to the village, take left turn at the V and follow signs for Active Tribe Courtown.
From M11: Take exit 23 and Road R742 towards Courtown and follow signs for Active Tribe Courtown.
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