Cahore Cliff Walk is a great boost for walkers in Wexford. Developed by the local Tidy Towns and Wexford County Council, it links Cahore Point and the Old Bawn Beach. For the record, Old Bawn Beach is one of my all-time favourite beaches. The wide stretches of sand, the sand dunes, the open vista and the length of the beach are all incredible. In fact, you can walk all the way to Curracloe, passing Ballinoulart and Morriscastle beaches on the way.
View to Tara Hill and beyond
The big advantage of this new Cahore Cliff Walk is that you start or finish with the mandatory coffee at The Strand Bar in Cahore. Or break the cliff walk from Old Bawn with lunch or dinner there. The Strand Bar overlooks the pier at Cahore Point and, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Wicklow Head. A pub and restaurant, it’s easy enough to rest up there and take in the views.
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Back to the walk, it’s an even trek, and buggy friendly. You’ve got the sea on one side and holiday homes or residences on the other. You pass Cahore Castle, a Tudor Gothic home built in 1840. Incidentally, English architect Daniel Robertson designed Cahore Castle – the same man who designed Wells House in Ballyedmond.
For me, the best bit is when you glimpse the sandy sweep of Old Bawn as you round a corner. That stretch of sand is breathtaking and, as ever, there’s nowhere better on a sunny day. These beaches, heading down to Curracloe, featured in the film Private Ryan. The Normandy beach landing scenes were filmed here and you can see why when you see how unspoilt it is.
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This walk, with its natural habitat and heritage, falls perfectly into Ireland’s Ancient East and the new Celtic Routes initiative.
Well worth a visit.
Feature image: Old Bawn Beach looking back towards the Cahore Cliff Walk.