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Wexford Walking Trail’s Festival 2017 02/10/17

| October 2, 2017

This year’s Wexford Walking Trail festival has something for everyone. It will provide a flavour of Wexford’s stunning coastline and maritime history, the natural beauty of our mixed forests, historic garden walks and stories from our heritage sites.

On Friday September 29th at 5.00pm, the festival will open with a walk in Rosslare Harbour. It will start at the trailhead on top of the cliff overlooking the harbour and walkers are requested to bring hi-viz jackets. The walk will be led by John Boyce and Micheal Delaney who will share stories of Rosslare Harbour’s rich maritime heritage. The evening will include a visit to the Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat Station which is kindly provided by the coxswain and crew of the RNLI.

At 7.15 pm there will be a Festival Launch in the Rosslare Maritime Heritage Centre, Rosslare Harbour. Everyone is welcome to join for refreshments and a brief history of the Centre.

On Saturday 30th there is a selection of three walks – the morning walk will start at 10.00am, an afternoon walk taking place at 2.30pm and a night time walking experience at 9.45pm.

The first of the Saturday walks will take place at Ballyteigue Burrow, Kilmore Quay led by the ecologist Jim Hurley. Registration at 10:00am in the car park beside the playground in Kilmore Quay.

The afternoon’s walk includes a stroll through the beautifully restored Colclough Walled Garden and grounds of Tintern Abbey. Complimentary refreshments will be provided in the memorial hall along with a photographic exhibition. Registration is at 2.30pm at the Vine Cottage carpark, Saltmills.

To finish off an enjoyable afternoon of walking, there will be a festival dinner in Neville’s Bar in Fethard at 7.00pm on Saturday 30th. Guests can avail of a special rate of €20 for a two-course meal with tea or coffee. This evening promises to be a great social get-together.

Tintern will be the location of an exciting walk-in-the-dark experience, a first for our festival. Meet at the Vine Cottage, Saltmills at 9.45pm. Walkers are requested to bring head torches and hi-viz jackets.

The final day of the festival, Sunday 1st October offers two walks. The first walk, at 10.00am, is on the beautiful Lacken Hill – Millstream Trail and is a four-hour, 15km guided trail starting at Mannion’s Pub. A section of the walk will be led by local historian Jenny Nuttall. Complimentary refreshments will be provided at Mannion’s pub. Walkers can then enjoy the gardens of Woodville House (entry €2).

The second walk of the day will take place at 12.00pm in the Dunbrody Forest, Lacken Hill. This forty-minute, easy walk is an outing for the entire family. To add to the fun for the children who attend, there is face painting by Craft Central (€2 per child) and a botanical treasure hunt.

At 2.30pm, walkers can enjoy a guided tour of the Ros Tapestry. Booking is essential, entry is €5 per person. For the duration of Sunday afternoon, the Dunbrody Famine Ship is offering discounted tour rates to walkers.  Walkers will be provided with a discount ticket at registration.

In order to facilitate arrangements, walkers are requested to register in advance if possible by emailing wexfordwalkingtrails@gmail.com, or texting Mary on 086 1633341 or Catherine on 087 4189740.

For further information on any of the walks please visit www.wexfordwalkingtrail.ie/festival.  Wexford Walking Trail would like to thank their sponsors Wexford County Council for their assistance.

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