St Helen’s Trail 

Grade:         Easy

Distance:  4km / 2.5 miles (8Km Return)

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

This walk highlights part of County Wexford’s stunning coastline. The historic Tuskar Rock Lighthouse will accompany you along your trek and for anyone interested in foraging for and using seaweed in your cooking, then this walk will get your tastebuds dancing! Find Bladderwrack, Kelps, Sea lettuce and Sleachcán amongst many other varieties. But always check with somebody who knows before eating!

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 Ballytrent trail also starts here and splits from the St. Helen’s trail around the 2km mark.

The St. Helen’s Trail (yellow waymarker discs) is a beautiful linear walk extending approximately 4 km from St Helen’s across the beach via Ballytrent and St Margaret’s and finishing at Carne’s blue flag beach. This is an 8km round trip and there are additional trails at Carne for the walker to enjoy. A small section of this trail could be impassable at high tide so please check tide times before commencing your walk.

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Don't Miss...

  • Tuskar Rock Lighthouse
  • Foraging on the Beach
  • Fishing
  • Bird Watching

Useful Trail Information

Ascent: negligible

Walking time:  1hour 50 minutes (return)

Waymarking: Yellow

Format: Linear (St Helen’s to Carne)

Surface: Mixed surfaces, mostly sandy beach

Gates/Stiles: No

Start/Finish: St Helen’s Harbour

Equipment Recommended: No special equipment required

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Other Useful Information

Mobile Coverage: Generally Good

Picnic Area: 

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 – Ballytrent Trail

Churchtown Trail

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