Distance: 7km / 4.35 miles
Trailhead: St Helens Harbour Car Park
Sat Nav: 52.228 -6.324
Parking: Spaces at pier and adjoining car park
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.
- Tuskar Rock Lighthouse
- Foraging on the Beach
- Ballytrent House
- Ruins of Ballycronigan House
Useful Trail Information
OSI Discovery Map Series 77
Grid Reference: S 969 166
Walking time: 2hrs
Surface: Mixed surfaces, sandy beach, public road
Start/Finish: St Helen’s Harbour
Equipment Recommended: No special equipment required
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.
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
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.
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