The Cahore Point Trail affectionately known as The Cliff Walk is a new cliff trail developed by Wexford County Council and the Ballygarrett Tidy Towns group in 2019. The walk is 2.4 km long (almost 5 km of a looped cliff walk), starting at Cahore Pier and will spoil you with several gorgeous sandy beaches along the way, first linking with Old Bawn Beach, Morriscastle Strand, Ballinoulart Beach, Ballyteige Bay Beach and you can continue walking right along the county’s scenic coastline for miles all the way to Raven.
The trail itself is wide and level, is buggy and wheelchair friendly and begins at the pier which is a popular location for both day trippers and tourists. If you are a wheelchair or buggy user accessing the trail from the pier, there are several steps to get to the Cliff and we welcome you to use our entrance.
It is the idyllic trail to explore North Wexford’s stunning coastline and breathing in the fresh, salty coastal air. Located in the heartland of an old Gaelic Stronghold called ‘The Macamores’, Cahore is a hidden gem on the east coast of County Wexford.
Along the walk there are many points of interest such as stone lookout towers, the tudor gothic country house Cahore Castle which is certainly worth stopping by to marvel at. There are also the remains of a WW2 Éire sign and some interesting rock formations including some amazing, contorted strata. On a clear day in Cahore, you can see as far as Wicklow Head from the coast. Boasting the most amazing sunrises and sunsets, Cahore will not disappoint.
The trail leads onto the sandy South Beach just behind Cahore Castle. This golden sand is the starting point of one of the largest stretches of sandy beaches in Ireland which continues all the way past Morriscastle towards Curracloe and the Raven to the south. This beach is bordered by natural sand dunes and these form part of the Cahore Polders and the Dunes National Heritage Area. The dunes are of high conservation value for wintering waterfowl, in particular the Greenland white-fronted goose, golden plover, lapwing and wigeon. The geese use the site as a feeding area, commuting every day from Wexford harbour.
The area also has a population of newts, while the common lizard is found in the dunes to the south. These dunes are also home to the gatekeeper butterfly, rabbits, and the little tern. The trail then leaves the beach and goes inland, taking you back to the village of Cahore.
After almost 5 km of a looped cliff walk, avid walkers are bound to be peckish. Luckily, The Strand Cahore is conveniently located for visitors to stop by and refuel at Seabiscuit offering take away teas, coffees, pastries and desserts or indoors for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can sit back and take in the stunning views of the sea from the comfort of the restaurant or on a fine day sit outside on our Terrace, in the Courtyard or The Cliff Garden overlooking the sea and enjoy a gorgeous pizza and fresh fish dishes from a seasonal menu that features the best of local producers.
Useful Trail Information
OSI Discovery Map Series: 69
Walking time: 1 hour
Other Useful Information
Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended for a moderate grade trail.
Mobile Coverage: Generally Good
Blue benches along the pier
Public Toilets: Portaloos at the pier
Must be kept on a leash and dog fowling is the owners responsibility
The Strand Cahore is dog friendly and has provided a dog waste bin on their property before the stone style entering the walk
Text Credits: Wexford Walking Trails & Visit Wexford
CAHORE WALKING TRAIL