Abbot John Torrell Cistercian Trail
Distance: 4.5km / 2.8 miles
Trailhead: Walkers Car Park
Sat Nav: 52.2434, -6.8347
Parking: Walkers Car Park
This trail takes a westerly direction from the Walkers Car Park, follow the purple waymark signs.
Look out for the Summer wild flowers and wild life as you walk.
The walk leads to the most westerly part of the Tintern Trails and turns to follow the river back to Tintern Abbey and then up the hill to the steps before the old church and back to the Walkers Car Park
Who was Abbot John Torrell? Tintern Abbey was founded by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, who was so grateful for having escaped shipwreck during a wild storm in the area, pledged to build a monastery here. Cistercian monks came from the monastery at Tintern in Monmouthshire in Wales and John Torrell was appointed the first abbot.
- Wild flowers particularly bluebells and wild garlic
- Sensory Path & Kneipping Area
- Beautifully carved eagle sculpture
Useful Trail Information
OSI Discovery Map Series 76
Grid Reference: S 795 101
Walking time: 60 minutes
Surface: Mixed surfaces
Start/Finish: Walkers Car Park, (On the left side of the road approximately 100m after you go through the entrance gate to Tintern Abbey.)
Equipment Recommended:Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended for a moderate grade trail.
Other Useful Information
Mobile Coverage: Generally Good
Picnic Area: Yes
Public Toilets: Walkers Car Park, Tintern Abbey Visitor Centre,
Facilities: Tintern Abbey Visitor Cente and Saltmills village.
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 the R733, take the L4041 and, after 1km, turn right at the entrance to Tintern Abbey. Continue 100m to the Walkers Car Park or further along to the car park at the abbey. Alternative trailhead located in Saltmills village.
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