THE MOST POPULAR MANX WALKING AND FOOTPATHS CONSERVATION GROUP
The Manx Footpaths Conservation Group was established in 1991 as independent group, following the winding up of the Manx Conservation Council, which had been formed in 1970 as a contribution to European Conservation Year. The council was concerned with environmental matters and comprised various specialist sub groups relating to footpaths, town and country planning and natural resources and energy, under the supervision of a central administrative committee.
The Group’s activities are a continuation of the original objectives of the Footpaths Group. In the early years the group worked closely with the Highways Authority to press for the implementation of Public Rights of Way legislation to establish a record of public rights of way throughout the island. At that time the Club was a branch of the Manx Conservation Council. The group also produced a number of walking booklets for sale, originally written by the late Harry Woodworth, who founded the Group with his wife Marjorie.
There are four books in total – the first booklet published was Manx Hill Walks, followed by Short Walks Southern Section, Short Walks Northern Section and the final publication was Manx Holiday Walks. The booklets have been subject to various revisions and reprints to reflect the changing nature of the countryside.
“To unlock the treasures of the Island heart with loving feet to trace each hill and glen and find the ore that is not for the mart of commerce.
This well known quotation from T E Brown appeared as the first contribution to the booklet “Manx Hill Walks” produced by the late Mr Harry Woodworth, Founder of the Footpaths Group of the Manx Conservation Council in May 1973. Following its success, other booklets and Walking Guides were produced, namely: Short walks Southern Section, Short Walks Northern Section, and Holiday Walks in the Isle of Man.
Over the intervening years the booklets have been subject to various re-prints and revisions to reflect the changing nature of the countryside and proved an invaluable introduction to visitors and residents alike, in exploring the attractions of the Manx countryside. This year for the first time we have made the decision to have our books published. Hence, following an extensive revision process, the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group is pleased to announce - in conjunction with Lily Publications - the reprinting and publication of all four books, which incorporate various improvements and enhanced features.
Each book contains various walks with corresponding maps and map references, directions and photographs pertaining to each individual walk. The books are designed specifically to fit inside a map case, which can be worn whilst walking. The route of each walk is superimposed onto these maps, therefore making it easier to follow the written text. Our grateful thanks go to the Mapping Division of IOM Government, who produced all the maps in these books.
NB: There is an important Addendum to the Isle of Man Hill Walks Book (Walk 9). Details can be found on our News & Events Page.
The books are on sale at various outlets around the Island at a cost of £4.95 each. They will also be available on line through Lily Publications – www.lilypublications.co.uk and can also be seen here on our own website.
We continue to-day to extend a very warm Manx welcome to residents and visitors alike and operate a year round programme of guided walks and events. The cost of joining the group is £6.00 per year, but please remember walking accidents can happen and you walk entirely at your own risk.
If you are a member of Ramblers or just visiting the Island you can request a copy of our walking lists from the Secretary Geoff Gelling.
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