Work got under way last week to resurface some of the picturesque trails on Forth Mountain as part of overall works on what's known as The Three Rocks Trail. The work will mean that certain trails are now to be closed until upgrades are completed some time in October.
Developed in 1998 in association with the local Three Rocks '98 Group, Coillte and Wexford County Council, the 13.5km trail begins at Ferrycarrig Castle passing through Barntown, up and over Forth Mountain and finishing at the Coillte Skeater Park Forest entrance on the Duncannon Line.
It comprises of walks of 5.3km of local roads, 1.2km of dedicated pedestrian footpaths and 7km of upland or forest trails, passing numerous historical landmarks and areas of natural beauty along the way. Over the past 20 years, the sections of forest trails had fallen into major disrepair and now require extensive upgrading of both surface and signage.
Last year, Wexford County Council made an application to the Department of Rural and Community Development to secure funding to carry out this work and create new trails around Carrigfoyle Quarry and, having been granted, the first work got under way last week.
The upgrades will include surface improvements to approximately 3km of upland or forest walking trails located in three different locations across the mountain. Also included will be the construction of two small parking areas, one at the 1798 Three Rocks Monument site and the other at the Commemorative Three Rock Battle Site.
Surface improvement works have now begun on the Skeater Rock side and will move across Forth Mountain to Drooping Rock, finishing on the north facing slopes of Carrigfoyle Quarry.
It is anticipated that the works will be completed by mid October, but to facilitate this, some of the existing trails are to be temporarily closed to the public.
Members of the public are asked to use other trails while work is ongoing and to refrain form parking in front of the forestry barriers, as access is required at all times, especially in the event of an emergency.