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CONSERVATION

The Manx Footpaths Conservation Group (affiliated to the Ramblers in the UK) has a policy of not only walking and enjoying our many lovely footpaths across the island, but also inspecting them and reporting any problems such as overgrown paths and badly maintained facilities.

We are delighted to say that we have a close working relationship with the appropriate Government departments and also with the Manx Wildlife Trust.

THE FUTURE OF OUR FOOTPATHS

On December 5 2015 the Isle of Man was hit by torrential rain.  There was a lot of localised flooding.  In Laxey the easternmost bridge over the Laxey River was undermined by floodwater and collapsed.  Many smaller watercourses damaged the structures that keep us dry and safe.  In the south of the island a small wooden structure carried the Raad Ny Foillan coastal footpath over a small gully that is usually dry.  The flood water eroded away the bridge deck supports. We are pleased to report that the bridge has now been stabilised.

Public Right of Way 603 (The Clarum) is a beautiful link joining the Green Lane G12 (the Maughold Mountain Track) across magnificent hillsides to Agneash.  For a while PRoW 603 was shut due to a bridge collapse.  Many walkers said that there was no bridge because there was no valley and no stream.  There is, in fact, a very deep gulley. The photographs on the contacts page show a new bridge allowing safe access. Once again, thank you DoI, that's another PRoW saved.  

Ballaglass Glen now has a beautiful, sturdy new bridge after the old one was washed away in winter floods. Thank you DEFA, well done!

 

As you are probably aware many of our footpaths are almost unusable due to lack of finance and Government neglect. At last, thanks to numerous complaints (including complaints from our group) the D.O.I. is acting to remedy the problem.

Some of our members bring their own secateurs with them, when on a walk, to trim back some of the very long brambles that can be hazardous.

So much for the present but what about the future? As we have said before, the situation is bad. Rights of Way are given very low priority, as is their maintenance. Until the financial situation improves this can only get worse. We need to help ourselves if we are not to lose some Rights of Way. In order to achieve this we have started an "Adopt a Path" scheme.

Quite simply it involves you choosing a path that is convenient to you or is a favourite of yours.  You then contact david@manxfootpaths.org Tel: 491976 who will make a note of it and supply the official path number for Government and for your information too.

A periodic check of the footpath is suggested - about every 4-6 weeks, then you report back to us, as to whether it has been attended to, or still needs attention. Any assistance you are able to undertake personally, eg cutting back brambles, or dragging a boot heel  through a cross drain to help drainage, would be really appreciated.

These days with modern equipment available like smart phones or mobiles with cameras and Sat Nav etc. it is easy enough to snap a photo of any damage or blockage etc and send it off to our Footpaths Officer, if possible with a map reference.

Footpaths Officer
Any problems or queries about Footpaths please contact David@manxfootpaths.org

 

 

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