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A ‘rare’(?) rainy day on the IoM

Admiring the Wreck of the Steam Trawler Pasages on Jurby Beach

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NEWS AND EVENTS

News

Check out the Questions page for our new monthly WHERE IS IT? competition!

A reminder to dog walkers  - dogs must be on leads on the Ayres National Nature Reserve (NNR) from the 1st April until the 31st July. This is to protect the high density of ground nesting birds on the reserve including terns, ringed plovers, oystercatchers, curlews, skylarks and meadow pipits. Byelaws are in place to protect the wildlife habitats at the Ayres NNR and failure to comply with these could result in a fine up to £2,500.

It is rumoured that the Isle of Man Walking Festival is on this year - from Monday 1 to Friday 5 October with a welcome event on Sunday 30 September.  Please keep the dates free in your diary - walk leaders will be required, walk helpers will be required, or you might even want to come and join in as a walker

Dungannon Ramblers

The New Year brings  new friends. We are very pleased to tell you that a group from the Dungannon Ramblers have asked us to organize some walks for them in May.  They will be arriving on Wednesday the 9th  and leaving on Saturday 12th. We will be putting together two longer walks for the Thursday and Friday and a shorter one for the Saturday and  we are looking forward to showing them our beautiful Manx countryside and giving them a very warm Manx welcome.  They have also very kindly offered to return the favour should our group ever visit their area.  Thank you Dungannon.

 

Ramblers Association Holidays

Did you know?...That the MFCG is affiliated to the Ramblers Association. When you book a walking holiday through the Ramblers Association and you say that you belong to an affiliated walking club they will pass on a small sum of money to the club. It costs you nothing extra and it benefits YOUR club.


Locals strayed onto restricted land

Two local motorcyclists have been heavily fined for being in a prohibited area. They were caught riding on DEFA land at Sky Hill in Ramsey without permission.  In addition to being fined a total of £1,000 by the courts, the pair have had their competition licences suspended for six months by the Auto Cycle Union. ACU General Secretary Gary Thompson says as the British governing body for motorcycle sport, the organisation takes illegal riding seriously, as it brings the sport into disrepute.  He says the ACU will continue to work with landowners and police to stamp out such behaviour.

 

The following MAJOR footpaths have been temporarily closed

Oooo! this looks promising... Improvements are being made to the Heritage Trail from Peel Power Station and the weir near Glenfaba Bridge.  A spokesman for DoI said "One of the main objectives of the Heritage Trail Scheme is to improve the surface in order to attract more users, pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders & people with limited mobility. Be wary of moving machinery on the trail during this 10 day period".  For full article see Examiner dated 13th March page 4.  (Does this mean that the whole stretch from Peel to Crosby will be repaired soon DoI- we can but hope!!!)

DEFA - Hills, Forests & Glens-12 March at 10:56
The Directorate wishes to advise the public that the left hand path at Bishopscourt Glen is currently closed due to ongoing works. We will advise when the path has re-opened. Many thanks for your patience and co-operation.

The path from Niarbyl to White Beach is now OPEN.

The byway known as 'The Dowse' (map ref: 304828 to 285824) is closed due to serious erosion.

The Dowse was initially closed  for six months. However, at the end of that period it will possibly be closed for a further six months. No work is being done or planned on this route.

Public Right of Way (PRoW) 409– Patrick –Raad ny Foillan from Shore Road, Glen Maye to PRoW  123, Glenfaba to Peel Hill is now OPEN.

PRoW 406 – German, Raad ny Foillan from Mourne View Lane to PRoW 518 Cass Stroan(Peel to Lhergydhoo northwards) has also re-opened.  Well done DEFA for your prompt attention to these PRoWs.

Manx Utilities is refurbishing the sewage works at Ballagarey in Marown. Because of this the Heritage Trail will be closed between Glen Darragh Road towards Union Mills up to the private access way to Glenlough Campsite until  approx. June-July 2018. The main road from Douglas to Peel is the only option to bypass the site.
n.b. The Heritage Trail at Ballagarey will now be opened at weekends (Sat 2pm to Mon 7am). DoI thanks  everyone for their patience whilst they continue to work on upgrading this essential sewerage infrastructure - due for completion in July 2018

The ‘Tony Wright’ bridge on the Spaldrick footpath, used by walkers to get along the coastal path to Bradda Glen and tourist attraction Milner’s Tower in Port Erin has been closed for safety reasons.

 

DEFRA - Hills, Forests & Glens
The Directorate would like to advise that Glen Helen is now open to the public.
There will be signage erected warning of possible falling debris. Please take care in the area.

For further details the contact number for DoI is 850000.

 

 

 

 

Subscriptions

A gentle reminder... As we all lead very busy lives it is all too easy to forget to pay your subs. If you have forgotten, there is still time to send your £6 to Maree to make sure you receive your Summer Walks list.

Subscriptions are due 1st January each year payable to the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group and will remain at £6 for this year. Please post cheques to Maree Harper at 14, Derby Square, Douglas IM1 3LS. You can click on the following bold links to download the Membership Application Form & Standing Order Form.

 

Annual General Meeting

A very successful and sociable AGM was attended by almost 40 members on Wednesday 21st March at the Tynwald Inn, St. John’s. A huge thank you to Robin and Jana for their hospitality. Brian Beattie and Geoff Gelling have now retired from their positions of Chairman and Secretary respectively. We thank them both most sincerely for their commitment to, and hard work for the MFCG over the past few years and wish them all the very best for the future. I am sure we will see Geoff out on our weekly walks and we haven’t seen the last of Brian as he will be once again leading the Heritage Open Day Walks on the 7th and 14th of October and hopefully the remaining 7 Kingdoms walks. Stepping most ably into Brian’s shoes is long time member Kevin Christian (of ‘Ethiopia Trek’ fame) and the extremely capable Mandy Jevons is taking on the role of Secretary. Thank you both and we look forward to exciting times ahead. Good Luck! Each of the above posts were returned unopposed.

 

Isle of Man Hills Walks Book  - Important Addendum

Walk No 9 - Pages 24 and 25

Please note that this walk crosses private land.  If you would like to walk this route, please contact the landowner, Mr Corlett (Tel No: 812160 / Mobile: 480338) for permission beforehand.

Footpaths

Should any member/visitor to the Isle of Man encounter problems with any public footpath, ie overgrown, broken gate/stile etc, please could you e-mail David Leiserach, Foothpaths Officer at David@manxfootpaths.org. It would be most helpful if you could also include a photograph and any details that will help identify the public footpath and/or position of the gate/stile etc.

Photographs

We would like to update the website photographs on a regular basis and would be pleased to receive photographs from members. If you are happy for your photograph to be used by MFCG on our website, please email it to Lesley@manxfootpaths.org (Tel:437978), including the place and date of the photograph. Thanks go to members for providing photographs from our walks. They are always greatly appreciated.

MFCG Badge 

MFCG has created its own badge which is free to current MFCG Members.
Badges are also available to buy for £1.00 each.
Please contact a Committee Member for further information.

 


 

Newsletters are distributed in Spring and Autumn each year to all fully paid up members, together with the Walks Programmes  for Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with the addition of Wednesday evenings in the summer period.  Subscriptions are £6 per annum, payable before 1st January each year. Membership Application forms can be downloaded by clicking the following: Membership Application form & Standing Order form or contact our membership secretary Maree@manxfootpaths.org or tel: 671740.

Walks Programmes

We are almost at the end of the Winter Walks Schedule and looking forward to some fabulous summer walks. The summer lists are being compiled as we speak so if you would like to lead a walk please give the details to the relevant co-ordinator asap to ensure you get your chosen date. Could all co-ordinators please return your completed lists to David@manxfootpaths.org by Friday 6th April latest.
Bob Garrett will be compiling Tuesday's Walks, Gill Percival - Saturdays, Peter Gunn - Sundays, Peter Hulley - Thursdays and Brian Beattie - Wednesdays.   Our sincere thanks go to those mentioned above for all their hard work. Thanks also to all the walk leaders without whose knowledge and experience the walks could not happen. The Winter Walks Programme is available from David@manxfootpaths.org.

All walks are open to all walkers but please choose walks that will suit you. Please bring Bus or Railway Passes, Travel Cards or Cash for walks which start with a train, tram or bus journey. Also please bring a packed lunch and a drink for all day walks. Leaders who are unavailable please arrange a replacement.

 


EVENTS

           

TREK ETHIOPIA 2018

The Ethiopian ‘Treckers’ would like to give sincere thanks to all their very generous MFCG sponsors who helped them raise in excess of £2600! After the success of 2017’s fundraising Trek MFCG member Kevin Christian is organising a repeat of the adventure in November this year. If anyone is interested in taking up the challenge they should contact Kevin on 442118 or email mrkevciom@yahoo.co.uk

 

Member’s Favourite Walks

If you have a favourite Island walk that you would like to share with others please email details to Lesley@manxfootpaths.org for inclusion on the website.

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER AND USEFUL INFORMATION:

Walkers are reminded that they participate at their own risk and should keep behind the leader. This disclaimer is found under the logo on all walks lists and we ask that leaders remind all participants of this before starting each walk.

Walkers should keep to the right on all public roads (unless common sense dictates otherwise) and not deviate from the way-marked footpaths.
Please refer to notes column for information.

Walking boots or stout shoes and wet weather gear are advised.

Please bring a Travel Pass or Money for walks which start with a train, bus or tram journey.

Dogs are not permitted.

Difficulties such as broken stiles or blocked Rights of Way should be reported to the Footpaths Officer, David Leiserach at David@manxfootpaths.org or tel: 491976. If you have a camera or phone please take a photo and note the location.

Sunday Walks Approximately 5-6 miles, about 3 hours, finish approx 4:30pm.
Tuesday Walks Approximately 7-8 miles, about 5 hours, finish approx 3:30pm. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. 
Wednesday Walks Approximately 4 miles, about 2 hours, finish approx 9pm.
Thursday Walks Approximately 3 miles, about 2 hours and are generally followed by an optional pub lunch. Enquiries to Peter Hulley (837839).
Saturday Walks

The first Saturday of the month is between 8-10 miles, about 5 hours, finishing approx. 4.00pm. The 3-4 remaining Saturdays are decided ad hoc at the end of the walk on the previous Saturday so should be shown on the walking programme below by the following Monday. These walks may be between 10-14 miles and over rough and/or hilly terrain. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Enquiries to David@manxfootpaths.org tel: 491976.


VISITOR INFORMATION

A useful website for information on Holidays, Events, Things to See and Do, Places to Visit and Travel and Accommodation is www.visitiom.co.uk

This month’s walking programme:-

NB:  Please check all start times

 
Date Time Assembly Point Map Ref
Sundays  
Apr 1 1:30pm Ramsey Hairpin 449934
Apr 8 1:30pm Bradda Glen Car Park 193697

Apr 15

1:30pm Onchan Community Centre 399784
Apr 22 1:30pm Ballaglass Glen Car Park 467898
Apr 29 1:30pm Brandywell Cottage 345866
May 6 1:30pm Terminus Tavern, Douglas 395763
Tuesdays  
Apr 3 10:30am Glen Helen Car Park 295844
Apr 17   POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY 24th APRIL DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS  
Apr 24 10:15am St. John’s Old Railway Station Car Park (please note early start – car transfer) 277816
May 1 10:30am Glen Mona Hotel Car Park 453887

Wednesdays

 
May 2 7:30pm Gardeners Lane, Ramsey 437944
Thursdays  
Apr 5 10:30am Port Grennaugh 316704
Apr 12 10:30am Glen Wyllin Camp Site Car Park 311906
Apr 19 10:30am Port Erin Fire Station Car Park 199689
Apr 26 10:30am

Fenella Beach Car Park

241844
May 3 10:30am

Bradda Glen Car Park

193697
Saturdays  
Apr 7 10:30am Kallow Point, Port St. Mary 207671
Apr 14 10:30am Glen Helen Car Park  
Apr 21 9:50am Santon Railway Station (please note early start for 10:10am Train, bring cash or pass) 312723
Apr 28 10:30am Bradda Glen Car Park 193697
May 5 10:00am Tram Station, Ramsey for 10:10 tram. (please note early start – bring cash or pass) 453944
    Watch this space for the Triskillion Way walks beginning in May...  
   

All remaining Saturdays in the month are decided ad hoc at the end of the previous Saturday's walk so should be listed by the following Monday.
Enquiries to David@manxfootpaths.org tel: 491976

 
If you would like to lead a walk please give the details to the relevant walks co-ordinator asap
Could walks co-ordinators please return your completed lists to David@manxfootpaths.org
by Friday 6th April latest, thank you
WALKERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY PARTICIPATE AT THEIR OWN RISK

 

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