Bree Hill is noted for its aesthetic and recreational value. The geology of the hill is Ordovician rhyolite, a silica-rich rock which was produced by a volcanic eruption roughly 400 million years ago. During this period the newly formed hill was probably a small island surrounded by a warm, tropical sea.
Bree Hill walking trails provide 25 km of mixed forest trails offering peace, tranquillity and beautiful views out across the countryside.
On a good day it is possible to see the spires of both Rowe St and Bride St Churches and also, if the weather is right, you can pick out Tuskar Rock Lighthouse.

From Enniscorthy take the R772 towards Wexford. After 6km turn right towards Edermine. Turn left at the next T-junction. After 100m turn right and follow the road to the next T-junction. Turn left and continue 1km into Bree village. Look for Bree Community Centre on the left after the church. The trailhead and car park are here. Distance: 10km

From Wexford: At the New Ross Road roundabout take the northbound exit. Take the next left onto the R730 and continue for 12km. Turn right and follow the road for another 1.9 kilometres. Turn right again and continue into Bree village. The community centre and village car park is on the right before the church. Distance: 14.5km

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Bree Hill features three looped walks, individually waymarked, which start at the trailhead at the car park of Bree Community Centre in the village of Bree. These routes provide almost 25 km of mixed forest trails, offering peace and tranquillity and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

The Beech Trail – 10.2 km – 2 ½ hours – moderate – blue way markers.

The Wilton Trail – 8.2 km – 2 hours – moderate – green way markers.

The Ballybrittas Dolmen Trail – 6.2 km – 1 ¾ hour – red way markers.

The trails begin at the village car park. Upon exiting the car park turn right and follow the footpath towards the church. Turn left at the church, before the village shop, and follow the road for approximately one kilometre where there is a laneway on the right that is signposted ‘Bree Hill’. Follow the lane uphill until it joins the forest track.

It is important to note that Bree Hill is also a venue for mountain biking and although the mountain bike trails are not part of the walking routes, one needs to be aware that some mountain bike paths cross the walking trails at a few points and due care should be taken.

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The village of Bree