Forth Mountain Trail

Grade:         Moderate

Trailhead:   Skeaterpark

Sat Nav:    52.293, -6.580

OSI Discovery Map Series 77

Grid Reference: S 969 166

Parking: Car Park at the trailhead and Pennylands

Forth Mountain Grotto

Trail Description

Forth Mountain is a rock outcrop rising to a height of 780 feet (235m) just south west of Wexford town. No other mountain in Ireland can boast of 500-600 million-year-old rock, a pivotal location in the 1798 Rebellion, the remains of houses built in the early 1900s, a grotto, and a climb of almost 235m high.

Shelmaliere Commons: The start of the trail in the New Line car park is very steep. You will pass Carrigatinna Rock on your right, one of many Cambrian quartzite mounds. Further on, the right track takes you out to Skeator Rock where panoramic views of the Wexford coastline include Rosslare, Our Lady’s Island, Saltee Islands, Hook Head lighthouse and across into Dunmore East and the Waterford estuary.

In Pennylands, delightful viewing points include the Grotto and another near Clourane.

The Tincurra trails are a gentler gradient and you can enjoy the picturesque views of Barntown, the Blackstairs Mountains and the west of the county as you follow the trail downhill.

Don’t Miss…

  • Shelmaliere Commons: Skeator Rock (The Irish Sceach Tor meaning Bushy Summit) viewpoint’s stunning views of Rosslare and the Saltee Islands.
  • Forth Commons / Pennylands: Clourane – views of the Blackstairs Mountains and north of the county. The Grotto, overlooking Kilmore and south of the county.
  • Tincurra: Views overlook Barntown, Blackstairs Mountains and the west of the county.
  • Forth Mountain in autumn. Spruce, pine and Japanese larch forest with rare lichens and heather and gorse in full bloom displaying the county colours of purple and gold.
  • Animals and birds to spot include cuckoos, woodcocks, pheasants, raven and foxes.

Useful Trail Information

Distance: 10km (6.2 miles)

Ascent: 210 metres

Walking time:  2 hours

Waymarking: Red

Format: Loop

Surface: Mixed surfaces

Gates/Stiles: No

Start/Finish: Skeaterpark

Equipment Recommended:  Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended for a moderate grade trail.

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Other Useful Information

Mobile Coverage: Generally Good

Picnic Area: 

Public Toilets: None

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:

Forth Mountain Red Trail Map
Forth Mountain Red Trail from Skeaterpark
View from Skeator Rock

Other Walking Trails Nearby

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Getting Here

The car park is on the R733, 6.5km from Wexford town and 12km from Wellingtonbridge.  Coming from Wexford town, take the R733 exit for Duncannon from the roundabout at Whitford House Hotel and continue for 6.5km where you will find the car park on the righthand side.

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. 

Easy

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

Moderate

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