Faithlegg is located 3.5 km north of Passage East on third class road.
Faithlegg - Meanán Féilinn - Smooth Hillside of Faithlegg. In former times it's coat of heather lent the hill of Faithlegg a rounded and smooth outline. Originally owned by the Galloway Family, the wood overlooks the meeting of the rivers Suir, Nore and Barrow to the north, Waterford City to the south and west and Passage East to the east. Ordnance survey maps refer to the original wood as 'Glazing Wood' and the area immediate to the parking area as 'Deer Park'. The geological make-up is slate dating from 450 million years ago, overlain by younger sandstone.
Sitka spruce, Lodgepole pine Japanese Larch, Douglas fir and beech are the main tree species to be seen. Storm Darwin, which raged through Ireland in February 2014 left her mark on this forest, flattening some sections. Other flora that can be found throughout the area include Rowan, Mountain Ash, rhododendron, hazel, bracken, bramble and a wide variety of other wild species of plants. Fauna common in the area are fox, red squirrel, rabbit, badger and many species of song bird.
The walks through the conifer woodland along old tracks are easy to moderate and can be enjoyed by all ages.
Well worth exploring, is the spectacular view to be seen from Cromwell's Rock on near by Minaun Hill, located 200 metres from the main parking area to south east. From this point, you can see the estuary in all its beauty looking south and the Wexford coastline to the east.
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How do I get there?From Waterford City take Dunmore East road, R683, for a distance of 5 km. Follow the direction of Faithlegg as indicated on the large sign which is sited on left hand side of road. Pass on 'The Faithlegg House Hotel' and take second road to left, forest entrance is a short distance ahead on left.
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|Contact name:||Ricky Byrne|