Raven Point Wood
Distance: 6.8km / 4.3 miles
Trailhead: Car Park
Sat Nav: 52.380 -6.367
OSI Discovery Map Series 77
Grid Reference: T 111 267
Parking: Free Car Park
The walk runs through sand dunes with woodlands mainly of pine trees.The Raven sand dunes have been forming since the 1600s from sea sand which is being blown onshore where it continues to be trapped and bound in place by plants. The fields adjoining the forest to the west are the North Slob lands, home to important wild goose populations in winter. People are asked to stay well back from the fields so as not to disturb these birds. The trees are mainly Corsican pines with areas of other species. Tree planting has happened since the 1930s to prevent coastal erosion and protect the North Slob lands. Beyond the southern end of the wood are more open areas with grasses and flowers.
- The stunning views of Wexford Harbour.
- You may be lucky enough to see red squirrels, grey seals and other wildlife.
- On winter evenings all the geese from the North Slob fly out at twilight to roost on sand banks in Wexford Harbour. Those staying late enough to watch this memorable sight will need torches to walk back to the car park.
- Curracloe Beach has a Blue Flag.
- Wexford Wildfowl Reserve near Ardcavan, Wexford. There is a visitor centre with observation tower and hides from which the wild geese can be seen from October to March.
Useful Trail Information
Walking time: 1hour 50 minutes (return)
Format: Linear (St Helen’s to Carne)
Surface: Mixed surfaces, mostly sandy beach
Start/Finish: St Helen’s Harbour
Equipment Recommended: No special equipment required
Other Useful Information
Mobile Coverage: Generally Good
Public Toilets: Nearby at White Gap, Curracloe Beach
Facilities: Nearby at White Gap, Curracloe Beach
Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control at all times.
You must clean up after your dog if it fouls in a public place.
From Wexford Town follow the the R741 road over the bridge towards Castlebridge. In approximately 3.5 km, take a right turn signposted to Curracloe (R742). In Curracloe village, turn right at the Post Office. Follow this road for approximately 1 km and then at a right angle bend take another right turn. Follow this road until you reach the carpark. Raven Wood stands in the sand dunes behind the popular Blue Flag beach at Curracloe.
There are special traffic arrangements in the summer season.