Kilanerin Wood Loop

(Kilanerin Trails)

Grade:        Easy

Distance:   3km (1.9 miles)

Waymarking: Red

Trailhead:   Kilanerin Wood

Sat Nav:  52.7271, -6.2765

Parking: Trailhead or Kilanerin Village

Colclough Walled Garden

Trail Description

Spelled either Kilanerin or Killinierin, the Irish Coill an Iarainn means the Wood of the Iron. The Kilanerin Woods trail passes through native mixed woodland. Among the native trees that can be seen are alder, ash, birch, hawthorn, oak, holly, willow, non-native beech, spruce and larch. Through the four seasons, a variety of carpets are rolled out underfoot for the welcome walker. The colour and splendour are provided by bluebells, violets, ferns, rushes, foxgloves, wild orchids, and a wide magical range of fungi. The gentle babbling sound of Errity’s stream meandering its way through the woods  in chorus with the wide variety of birdlife occupying the trees and hedgerows,  provides constant melodic music  creating a wonderful sense of serenity as you walk. After approximately 2km, the trail exits the woods. Keep right to return through the picturesque village of Kilanerin and back along the village footpath to the car park.


    This trail has been re-developed to make it accessible for buggies and off-road wheelchairs. The wheelchairs can be obtained form Kilanerin Community Centre by arrangement. Call 0402 44 555 or email [email protected] in advance of use.


    Don't Miss...

    • Newly restored Pugin-style interior painted St. Peter & Paul’s Church, in the centre of the picturesque village of Kilanerin.
    • Noel Murphy’s friendly shop, post office and pub. The hub of the village where you can buy anything from a needle to an anchor.  Advice on local information is freely given.

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    Useful Trail Information

    OSI Discovery Map Series 62

    Grid Reference: T 166 654

    Ascent: 30m

    Walking time: 45 minutes

    Format: Loop

    Surface: Mixed Surfaces

    Gates/Stiles: Yes, at entrance

    Start/Finish:  Trailhead

    Equipment Recommended:  Normal outdoor footwear.


    Other Useful Information

    Mobile Coverage: 

    Picnic Area:  

    Public Toilets: 

    Facilities: Kilanerin village

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

    Getting Here

    Take Exit 22 from Dublin/Wexford on the M11, to first exit beside strawberry farm. Take immediate right across railway bridge, straight up through the crossroad, on past Woodlands B&B. Starting point will be further up on left

    These trails are located in Coillte owned forests.

    Wexford Walking Trails clg appreciates the support and co-operation of Coillte under their Open Forest Policy.

    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