Fethard Castle Trail
The looped Fethard Castle walk begins in the popular seaside village of Fethard on Sea. Starting on Main Street, the trail leads you through the grounds of the historic 15th century ruined castle, adjacent to St Mogue’s Church and graveyard. It then meanders through the woods of Grange Ville, 19th century home of the Loftus estate manager.
The woodland section follows a stream surrounded by an abundance of vegetation and a wealth of wildlife and birds. While close to Fethard on Sea, this tranquil setting blots out the sounds of the bustling village and allows the walker to soak up the beauty of nature under the beautiful canopy of native trees.
The trail leads out onto Sluice Lane which gets its name from a sluice gate across the stream which maintains its water levels. The trail loops back to the main street with its quaint pubs, cafés, shops and boutique hotel.
- Landscaped grounds and paths surrounding Fethard Castle, adjacent to St Mogue’s Church and graveyard.
- Fethard Main Street – the Helen Blake monument in front of the playground.
- A relaxing beverage or lunch in one of the local, friendly pubs and coffee shops.
- Fethard offers an opportunity to learn and experience kayaking activities in the local bay.
- Walk south along Main Street, looking out over Bannow Bay and check out the rich birdlife in the estuary.
Check out www.fethardonsea.ie for further local information.
Other Points of Note
Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control at all times. You must clean up after your dog if it fouls in a public place.
Trailhead: Fethard Castle, Main St, Fethard-on-Sea
Sat Nav: Latitude 52.193, Longitude -6.841
OSI Discovery Map Series 76
Grid Reference: S 793 052
Parking: Village Car Park
Distance: 850 metres (0.55 miles)
Ascent: 8 metres
Walking time: 20 min – 30 min
Equipment Recommended: No special equipment required
Directions: From Enniscorthy and Wexford town: Take the N25 to the Duncannon roundabout at Whitford House Hotel. Take the R733 exit for Duncannon. Continue for 19km to Wellingtownbridge. 8km after Wellingtobridge turn left onto the R734, continuing for 7km until you arrive in Fethard-on-Sea.
Alternative scenic route:(same distance) 6 km from Wellingtonbridge turn left on to the L4041, continue for 5.5km passing Tintern Abbey and Saltmills en-route. At the T-junction in Poulfur, turn left and continue to Fethard village. (2km)
From New Ross, Ballyhack, Ramsgrange: Take the R733 heading east. Drive through Ramsgrange, continuing for 4km. Turn right onto the R734, continuing for 7km until you arrive in Fethard-on-Sea.
The Fethard Castle Walking Trail is an initiative led by Fethard Community Development Association.