Originally owned by the Galloway family, Faithlegg wood or ‘the Minaun’ as it is sometimes referred to, overlooks the meeting of the ‘Three sisters’, otherwise known as the rivers Suir, Nore and Barrow. Superb views of Waterford City are visible to the west with Passage East visible 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.
Whilst there are no waymarked walks, there are a lot of trails through the conifer woodland along old tracks. These 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 nearby 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.
Things to do
Explore nature: Amble down to the edge of the forest where it meets the River and observe the variances in habitat and the birds, animals and plants you will see in both. A fascinating outdoor classroom.
Don’t miss our hidden gem
The views from this site are awesome. Faithlegg is one of Waterford’s best keep secrets.