Brand New Route, Brand New Name

By Hook or By Crooke

Saturday 22nd April

The Walk

Join us on Saturday, 22nd April 2023 for By Hook or By Crooke, a brand new route for Hike to the Hook stretching from Crooke, Waterford to the Hook Lighthouse, Wexford.

Take in the stunning views over the Waterford estuary along the 21km route. Not able for 21km, not to worry as there are many shorter options.


Walk Options

  • Crooke to the Hook Lighthouse (21km)
  • Crooke to Duncannon (6.35km)
  • Hook Lighthouse to Crooke (21km)
  • Hook Lighthouse to Templar’s Inn (7km)
  • Hook Lighthouse to Duncannon (14km)

* Distances are approximates. Crooke to Duncannon route contains 2 sets of steps but alternative routes are available

Link to Route Map



  • Adults: €20
  • Children: Free

Proceeds from this event will be shared with various local causes, principally the RNLI and Helen Blake Replica Project.


Benefits of Walking from Wexford Walking Trails

Hook Tourism

Hook Rural Tourism Clg is a non-profit, community organisation on the Hook Peninsula, County Wexford.  The organisation has been in existence for 50 years and works to promote the Hook Peninsula as a premier tourist destination and to protect its unspoiled coastal landscape and built heritage.  By Hook or By Crooke is one of a number of events our organisation arranges annually.  Our activities include running an annual photography competition & exhibition, organising Hooked on the Sea Festival weekend, organising Tri the Hook sprint triathlon, running the area website, producing a brochure annually and managing a number of social media pages.


The Fethard on Sea RNLI provides a voluntary based, 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service which covers many areas including the Waterford Estuary, while also working to help end preventable loss of life at sea through the promotion of sea and beach safety.  As a charity, the RNLI depends on the generosity of the public and the goodwill of our volunteers to maintain its search and rescue service which is essential to our coastal area.  Fethard RNLI has rescued 73 people from 109 launches in the last 10 years.

The Helen Blake Replica Lifeboat Project

The Helen Blake Lifeboat project is constructing a replica of the Helen Blake Lifeboat that was in service in Fethard up when it was lost during a rescue of the crew from schooner Mexico which had run aground on the Keeragh Islands in 1914 with the loss of 9 crew.

The replica is being built by hand using traditional methods under the guidance of a local shipwright. Construction is nearing completion and once launched it will be offering tours out to the Keeragh Islands. Further details can be found at



  • Bookings for Hike to the Hook “By Hook or By Crooke” event are now open.
  • To ensure your place book online up to noon on Friday 21st. Limited tickets will be available on the day, payments can be made by cash or card.
  • Bookings for participants under the age of 18 must be completed by and with terms of participation being agreed to by a parent or guardian and where a person under the age of 18 has been booked, event organisers will assume this to be the case.
  • Terms of Participation can be found here.


On the day Registration

  • All participants are required to register their attendance on the morning of the walk either at a registration point or via an online form (coming soon).
  • Registration at the Hook Lighthouse and Crooke opens at 8am.
  • Walkers will start at 9am.

Wait Times

  • Participants travelling on the ferry could expect wait times of up to 15 mins
  • Courtesy bus service can have wait times of approx 30 mins


  • Parking at the Hook Lighthouse and Crooke will open at 8am.
  • There will be a complementary bus service in operation this year for a limited time. This is a complementary service and there will be a wait time of at least 30mins associated with it.



  • Toilet facilities will be located at the Hook Lighthouse, Templar’s Inn and Duncannon.
  • Participants are advised to bring water with them.
  • There will be aid stations at the Duncannon Community Centre and Templar’s Inn.
  • Further refreshments will be provided at the Community Centre.


  • This year there is a flat rate for all participants.
  • To take part in the event all participants must have a ticket and be registered.

Participants are asked to please bring a hi vis vest with them for the walk.

There will be a limited number available at the registration points for those who require.

Book Your Place Below

Details Price Qty
Adultshow details + €20.00 (EUR)  
Childshow details + €0.00 (EUR)  

Online Tickets Coming Soon

Hike to the Hook 2023 Supporting:

Among other local causes

Hike to the Hook 2022 is kindly sponsored by:

Hike to the Hook is kindly supported by