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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.

Can you help????
Walk the Isle of Man-  Monday 1st  to Friday 5th October 2018

Sally Helwich of Isle of Man Event Services and Andrew Foxon of Go-Mann Adventures are pleased to announce that they are preparing a walking event on the Isle of Man to run from Monday 1st – Friday 5th October 2018 (with a welcome evening on Sunday 30th September).

a few words from Sally and Andrew...

‘’The MFCG has been a great supporter of walking events and festivals on the Isle of Man in the past, and we are hoping that this event will also be of interest. It is intended that the week will attract walkers to visit the Island (and perhaps also stay on for Heritage Open Days) and our hope is that it will be of interest to people living on the Island, tie into 2018 Year of Our Island, help people to try walks they might not do on their own, encourage them to join the MFCG if they are not members already and consider developing their own walking and walk planning skills.
We are working on an outline programme at the moment which would give a minimum of 3 walks on each of the 5 days with the opportunity to increase that to 5 or 6 walks if the demand is there.
We hope that members of the MFCG will be interested in taking part either helping as walk leaders or joining in the walks. Information will be put onto a dedicated Facebook page and Group as confirmations come through. Our Facebook page is
Here’s where we hope you’ll be able to help:
If you’d like to register interest in receiving further information about the event, or to help as a walk leader, please send your contact details to us at the e-mail addresses below. If you don’t have e-mail, please leave a message for Andrew on 480129 or 833154. We will then be able to keep in touch and hope that you will tell your friends and contacts about the event after the first details are launched.
Those who would like to take part as walk leaders will receive some additional support and training in the run up to the event, but hopefully will already have some experience of planning walking routes, and managing groups on guided walks.
We do hope you’ll join us, help others enjoy this glorious Island and enjoy taking part yourselves’’.

Contact details – please contact both Sally and Andrew:
Sally -
Andrew – 480129 / 833154

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 to the Heritage Trail? A spokeman 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’’.  Does that mean the whole stretch from Peel to Crosby might 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.

PRoW 218 – Tromode to Ballaoates Road - There is no closure in place on this path. DoI staff have now removed any closure signs that were mistakenly left in place.

PRoW 329 Majestic Coastal path(Onchan) from King Edward Road to Majestic Apts will be closed DAILY from 07.30am to 5.30pm from 25th April to 24th October.

Temporary closures are currently in place for each of the following three tracks/paths. However, a more prolonged 6 month closure has been applied for on each of them. This is due to the extensive amount of damage that they have suffered. There is currently no date set for when works will be carried out. The closures will be published on Roadwatch.                                                  
The byway known as 'The Dowse' (map ref: 304828 to 285824) 
PRoW405 - Lynague, German
PRoW632 - Riverbank Road, Ramsey

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.





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.


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 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.


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 (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 or tel: 671740.

Walks Programmes

Hopefully all paid up members have now received their Summer Walks Programmes and are looking forward to some fabulous summer walks.  Our sincere thanks go to Bob Garret, Gill Percival, Peter Gunn, Peter Hulley and Brian Beattie for all their hard work in compiling the walks lists and to all the walks leaders without whose knowledge and experience the walks could not happen. Thanks also to those who send in photographs, please keep them coming they are much appreciated.

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.



Hooray! The return of the 7 KINGDOMS WALKS SERIES. Following the winter break this eagerly awaited special interest series, devised and led by Brian Beattie, starts again at 10am on Saturday 19th May at Ramsey Bus Station. See walks programme below for full details.

May also sees the start of the TRISELLION WAY WALKS. We will be covering the distance of 36 miles in 5 monthly section of approx 8 miles.  We meet at 09.50am on Tuesday 22nd May at Glen Maye Car Park for car transfer to Rushen Abbey (please bring bags for mucky boots for car transfer).  See walks programme below for full details.

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS... make a date in your diary for Sunday 7th & Sunday 14th October. Following the success of previous years, we are once again taking part in the Hertitage Open Days in conjunction with Manx National Heritage. Full details to follow later in the year.


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

Member’s Favourite Walks

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





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 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 tel: 491976.


A useful website for information on Holidays, Events, Things to See and Do, Places to Visit and Travel and Accommodation is

This month’s walking programme:-

NB:  Please check all start times

Date Time Assembly Point Map Ref
May 6 1:30pm Terminus Tavern, Douglas 395773
May 13 1:30pm Crosby Old Railway Station 325793
May 20 1:30pm Axnfell Picnic site. Lonan 423837
May 27 1:30pm Ballakillowey Picnic Site (TT Practice Week) 217709
Jun 3 1:30pm Snuff the Wind 261781
May 1 10:30am Glen Mona Hotel Car Park (please park at far end of car park) 453887
May 8 10:30am Gardeners Lane (junction with Lezayre Road), Ramsey.  
May 15 10:30am Laxey Glen Gardens Car Park 432844
May 22 9:50am Glen Maye Car Park. Please note early start, Triskellion Way Walk - car transfer to Rushen Abbey 236798
May 29 10:30am Eary Cushlin Car Park (TT Practice Week) 232767
Jun 5 10:30am Ballakillowey Picnic Site (TT Race Week) 217709


May 2 7:30pm Gardener’s Lane, Ramsey (junction Lezayre Road) 437944
May 9 7:30pm Bradda Glen Car Park, Port Erin 193697
May 16 7:30pm Dhoon Glen Car Park/MER tram Halt 453864
May 23 7:30pm Glen Wyllin Camp Site Car Park 311906
May 30 7:30pm NO WALK (TT Practice Week)  
Jun 6 7:30pm Liverpool Arms (TT Race Week) 419803
May 3 10:30am Bradda Glen Car Park, Port Erin 193697
May 10 10:30am Glen Maye Car Park 236798
May 17 10:30am Ballaglass Glen Car Park. Bluebell Walk 467898
May 24 10:30am Point of Ayre. Picnic 468048
May 31 10:30am Chibbanagh Plantation, Braaid (TT Practice Week) 324763
Jun 7 10:30am Rushen Abbey Car Park (TT Race Week) 278703
May 5 10:00am

Ramsey MER tram Halt for 10:10am tram to Glen Mona. Please bring cash or pass.

May 12 10:30am Colby Bridge (Station Road) 232700
May 19 10:00am Ramsey Bus Station. 7 KINGDOMS WALK - note early start
Please bring cash or pass for bus & tram
May 26 10:30am Switch back Car Park (Lhergydhoo) 275851
Jun 2 09:45am Port Soderick Upper Car Park. Walk to Railway Station for 10am Train. Please bring cash or pass (TT Race Week) 345728

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 tel: 491976



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