Eden Vale, or Éadan an Bhile in the Gaelic, has long been at the heart of Castlebridge’s natural heritage. Its home is the Sow River Valley which has been bringing and giving life to the surrounding region for millennia. During medieval times the river flowing here in the barony of Shelmalier East, demarked the lands of the Norman families Roche and Sinnott.
A tributary of Wexford’s Slaney, the Sow is considered a sea trout fishery and in its heyday had many fishermen along its banks. It had seven working mills grinding corn into flour, one of which you will see on your journey.
Today Eden Vale houses the water pump station that is manned by Local Authority and unfortunately you will see this too. Its woods and walkways have always been and remain a popular recreational area for the community.
Below are just a few stories about places of interest that you can find using the trail map.
So good luck on your nature trail and - Welcome to Castlebridge!