Anne Valley Walk

Distance and time given are for walking the trail one way only

County Waterford
9 reviews
Grade Multi-Access
Length 4.4 km
Time 1 hour
Format Linear
Ascent 5 m
Dogs Allowed Yes
Waymarking Black arrow on yellow background
Start Point
Ballyphilip Bridge
Finish Point
Annestown Village
Nearest Town to Start Dunhill
Grid Ref. S 50770 02681 / X 49808 99203
Lat. and Long. 52.17394, -7.25851 / 52.14277, -7.27308

This walk follows the Anne River, meandering through forest and marshland on a specially constructed gravel path on the way to the coast in Annestown, passing many beautiful ponds which are home to a wide range of flora and fauna,  especially birds and including protected species. There are fine views throughout, expanding out nearing the trail finish.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Willie Moore, Chairman, Anne Valley Farmers Group. 0872633083


Car Parking
At Start - Ballyphilip Bridge
At End - Annestown Village
Car Parking, shops and restaurants/cafes at start

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 82
Public Transportation

Public Transportation


9 trail reviews
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Mary H from Waterford

Amazing Walk, Poor Signage
We walked this incredible trail today and enjoyed every step. It’s a relatively flat walk on a great surface. The wildlife, nature and scenery all the way along is mesmerising. The only disappointment is the poor signage. We started in Dunhill and were very confused when we came onto the road at the castle. You leave the trail at a bend in the road, with no sight line either way. The only sign is to guide people approaching from Annestown, not the other way around. We chanced going right and came upon the car park where we met two other lost souls. Like us, they didn’t know where to go either. A local came along and showed us the trail gate slightly up the road. We then continued on this stunning walkway.

Thomas from Kildare

A well laid out family friendly walk but ruined with dog poo. Went two different times and started at opposite ends of the trail. If you don't get there early you will end up trying to dodge a shocking amount of the stuff which is impossible with 3 kids running around. Seen plenty of people walking dogs but few carrying poop bags!

NOTE FROM ANNE VALLEY COMMITTEE: In response to this review we would like to clarify that the visitor encountered soiling on the walk; not from dogs but from the resident Swans who occasionally rest at night time on the walk or on the grass margin between the walk and the pond. Nesting site selection is generally at that time of year and the activity of the pair of Swans crossing the walk is more frequent than other times. The committee volunteers make every effort to maintain the walk in good condition without intruding on the abundance of wildlife in the Valley.

Barry Murphy from Wexford

Walked from the castle to Annestown beach where we caught up with the rest of the family. It was really nice and not too difficult. The farmers who facilitated the whole project by allowing the paths through their land, have been very generous and accommodating.The castle is a bit on the dangerous side and needs a safety assessment. Overall it’s a great project And well done.

Tom Nolan from Kilkenny

Great walk so many plants and flora easy for kids

Blue eyed Mary from Waterford

My friend & I had the pleasure of walking The Anne Valley trail today from Dunhill to Annestown,it's a beautiful,peaceful area. Well done to all connected to it's upkeep.

Martin from Wexford

A great walk with lots to see, great community initiative. Great surface and accessible for buggy's and wheel chairs. Well done.

Joe from Wexford

A beautiful walk.


James P Kinsella from Antrim

I had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful trail last August with my two daughters, my wife and myself. Its a nice walk and an easy way to see Irish nature and very accessible for all age groups. It was a lovely day and we had time to inspect all the plants and wildlife that occupy this space and were surprised by the diversity! Well-done to all those that set up this project we will be back again this year from Vienna where they also have projects not so dissimilar to this one but very different landscapes. Thanks from a very happy James Kinsella

Janet from United Kingdom

We discovered this walk last week by accident when doing a walk round Annestown and up to Dunhill Castle. What a treat - this is a walk for anyone who can put one foot past the other - it has lovely views of the surrounding countryside and lots of things to amuse children. We were intrigued by the predator fences and the amphitheatre.

Coincidentally we later visited the Lafcadio Hearn Garden in Tramore where we discovered that a lot of the stones had been donated by the Dunhill farmers - no doubt when they were making the lovely path.

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