Ballytrent Trail 

Grade:         Easy

Distance:  7km / 4.35 miles

Trailhead:   St Helens Harbour Car Park

Sat Nav:  52.228 -6.324

OSI Discovery Map Series 77

Grid Reference: S 969 166

Parking: Spaces at pier and adjoining car park

St Helens Pier

Trail Description

The trail begins in the carpark adjacent to the picturesque fishing harbour at St Helen’s, initially following the path along the sand dunes. The historic Tuskar Rock Lighthouse will accompany you along this part of your trek.

Anyone interested in foraging for and using seaweed in your cooking, then this walk will get your taste buds dancing! Find Bladderwrack, Kelps, Sea lettuce and Sleachcán amongst many other varieties. But always check with somebody who knows before eating!

The Ballytrent Trail splits from the St. Helen’s trail at around the 2 kilometre mark: A trail leads off the beach along a quiet road  towards the historic 18th century Ballytrent House. A tall flagpole can be seen from the beach, a device that was once used to signal to ships before the day of radio communications.

The roadway continues through picturesque countryside, eventually leading past the ruins of Ballycronigan House, a once splendid country house built around 1819. The trail re-joins the beach at the bottom of the hill. Turn left and continue back along the beach to St. Helen’s. 

r

Don't Miss...

  • Tuskar Rock Lighthouse
  • Foraging on the Beach
  • Ballytrent House
  • Ruins of Ballycronigan House

Useful Trail Information

Ascent: negligible

Walking time:  2hrs

Waymarking: Red

Format: Loop 

Surface: Mixed surfaces, sandy beach, public road

Gates/Stiles: No

Start/Finish: St Helen’s Harbour

Equipment Recommended: No special equipment required

p

Other Useful Information

Mobile Coverage: Generally Good

Picnic Area:  Picnic bench at St Helens Harbour

Public Toilets: None

Facilities:  Facilities (refreshments and toilets) are available very close by in the St. Helen’s Golf Club. 

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

Forth Mountain Red Trail Map

HIGH TIDE WARNING!!!

 The section between Ballytrent and St Margarets headland is impassable at HIGH TIDE

 Please consult www.tidesnear.me for further information

 WALKERS SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO

CLIMB OVER THE ROCKS

CLIMB UP ON TO THE HEADLAND OR

WADE THROUGH THE WATER

THESE OPTIONS ARE UNSAFE

 You can avoid this headland by detouring along the GREEN route between Ballytrent/St Margarets/Ballytrent (see trailhead sign) This route measures 5.31 km and will take approximately 1 hr 15 minutes

Other Walking Trails Nearby

St Helen’s Trail (St Helens to Carne)

Carnsore

Rosslare Village

Rosslare Cliff Walk

 

Getting Here

Take the N25 towards Rosslare Harbour. In Kilrane village turn right onto Ballyknockan road. (Follow signs to St Helens Golf Club)  At the Golf Club entrance turn right and continue 500m to the harbour car park.

Nearby on Wexford Trails

Our Lady’s Island