There are four walks that all begin from the trailhead in the car park in Askamore village. Individually waymarked, the walks all begin by following a minor road which brings you uphill through scenery reminiscent of an Austrian valley, with trees sweeping below you, and wonderful views to the Wicklow Hills and beyond. The longest trail at 12km or 7.5miles, is the Slieveboy Loop.
Sliabh Bhuí – the Yellow Mountain – takes its name from the extensive furze bushes around its hillsides, with their bright yellow blooms being visible from afar each summer. The name is often anglicised on maps to Slieveboy or a similar variant. At 420 metres (1369 feet) high, the hill gives views from Rosslare to the Wicklow Mountains and up to the midlands. Geographically you are standing in Co Wexford but geologically, Sliabh Bhuí is the terminus of the Wicklow Mountains, seen to the north from various vantage points along the trail.
Weather-dependending you will see the rolling plains of north Co Wexford, with the Irish Sea beyond, Ferns, the ancient capital of Leinster, Enniscorthy, with its historic Vinegar Hill and Norman castle. Further south on the same line is Forth Mountain, one of the most popular walking trails in Wexford and Bree Hill. White Mountain near Killanne is part of the lower slopes of the Blackstairs. Mount Leinster, the highest point in the Blackstairs at 794 metres high, straddles counties Carlow and Wexford and affords wondrous views up to the midlands and beyond. Coming down along the eastern slopes of the Blackstairs you see Black Rock mountain, and below it the windmills at Kilbrannish
Sliabh Bhuí’s trees cover some 1,507 acres. The first planting took place in the winter of 1935 on the northern slopes of Ballybeg. Forty men were employed clearing and heath, digging water courses, turning the sods and planting the trees and indeed trapping the glut of rabbits which ravaged the young trees.
For full details on all the trails around Askamore village please click here to visit the Askamore Trails Listing.