The Rocks Family Trail 

Grade:         Multi-access

Distance:    0.7km (0.4 miles)

Waymarking: Orange

Trailhead:   St Mary’s GAA Club Car Park

Sat Nav:       52.3288 -6.4534

Parking:       St Mary’s GAA Club, Street Parking nearby

Path leading to Trespan Rock

Trail Description

This trail starts at the St Mary’s GAA club, with the pitch hewn out of the rock, in what was known as the First Field. The area has been a playground for generations of residents from the Faythe and Maudlintown.

The rock is a distinctive purple quartzite, which has been quarried and used to construct a number of old buildings in the town.

To the right of the pitch is Trespan Rock, where in 1649 Oliver Cromwell placed his canon and bombarded Wexford castle before sacking the town.

The viewing point is at the base of Hilly Holly and gives views of the Harbour and the Sandbar.

On your return, you pass ‘slidey rock’, with its surface made smooth by generations of children sliding down.


Don't Miss...

  • Trespan Rock, from where Cromwell’s canon launched their attack on Wexford Castle
  • ‘Slidey Rock’  made smooth by generations of children sliding down

Useful Trail Information

OSI Discovery Map Series 77

Grid Reference: T 05494 20800

Ascent: negligible

Walking time: 20 mins

Format: Loop

Surface: Hardcore paths

Gates/Stiles: No

Start/Finish: St Mary’s GAA Club, The Faythe


Other Useful Information

Equipment Recommended: No special equipment required

Mobile Coverage: Generally Good

Picnic Area: 

Public Toilets: None


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

The Rocks Trail Map

Other Walking Trails Nearby

Getting Here

From Wexford Quays head south along the Quays on the R730, continuing straight down Trinity Street, onto South William St. You will arrive at a pedestrian crossing , green area on your left, pub and supermarket on your right. Just beyond the pedestrian crossing there is a small laneway on the right leading to St Mary’s GAA Club where parking is available. 

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