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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.


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.

In order to take part in the “adopt a path’ scheme simply choose a path and then contact the Footpaths Officer at who will supply the official path number to the Government. Please photograph any damage or hazard and send the information with the grid reference to the Footpaths Officer

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.

Footpaths Officer
If you have any concerns or queries with footpaths please contact the Footpaths Officer at



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