Marie Biddulph Colclough Trail
(Tintern Trails)

Grade:         Moderate

Distance:  3.5km / 2.2 miles

Waymarking: Red

Trailhead:   Walkers Car Park

Sat Nav: 52.2434, -6.8347

Parking:  Walkers Car Park

Interior of Church ruins

Trail Description

This trail leaves the Walkers Car Park eastwards to the old church.

Follow the red waymarks over the fortified bridge to the entrance to the Colclough Walled Garden and then back towards the Cistercian Abbey. Then turn left up the river bank and back to the Walkers Car Park.

Look out for the many old beech trees and the Summer wild flowers especially garlic and bluebells.


Don't Miss...

  • The old church
  • The Abbey Bridge, Well & Limekiln
  • Tintern Abbey

Useful Trail Information

OSI Discovery Map Series 76

Grid Reference: S 795 101

Ascent: 50m

Walking time: 45 minutes

Format: Loop

Surface: Mixed surfaces

Gates/Stiles: No

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.

Tintern Trails
wild garlic in bloom

Other Walking Trails Nearby

Getting Here

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

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