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Please note that all Walking Group forms are now accessible from the "Forms" link at the bottom of each page.

Hill Skills Courses

An update on the Hill Skills Course from our Chairman, Ken Harding: “15 MFCG members will be attending the two day Hill Skill courses during this spring. The course is being run by Go Mann Adventures and is being kindly funded by the Manx National Lottery Trust and offer those attending to learn new skills and techniques”.

Risk Assessments.
A user friendly, simplified and interactive risk assessment form is now available for walk leaders to complete for all walks. 

The new form contains all the vital information required and is easily completed by typing into boxes where necessary; selecting drop down menus and tick boxes. On completing the required information on the form just click the submit the button and the form is automatically attached to the new risk assessment email address.  Then simply send the email with the risk assessment as an attachment.

This new user friendly version can be completed in 5 minutes on any device and can be found under the forms section at the bottom of each page of the website or just click here.

A risk assessment is a necessary requirement to be completed by the walk leader for all walks with MFCG.  A paper copy of the walk is also available from your walking groups coordinator or any committee member and can be completed then posted to the address on the form. 

The best practice guidelines for walk leaders and supporters are also available under the forms section of the website. 

Any problems or questions regarding the new risk assessment form or other questions on health and safety please contact

MFCG 50th  Anniversary
Next year, 2021, marks the Groups 50th Anniversary year and to celebrate the committee are looking into several events to mark the occasion. A few suggestions will require planning well in advance; one such option is a short break walking trip to the North of England for the whole group with a choice of daily walks. The committee would welcome any suggestions from members regarding a suitable time of year for this to take place.  Please feel free to offer any thoughts to a member of the committee.

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The following MAJOR footpaths have been temporarily closed

PRoW 329 Section of the Raad Ny Foillan at Onchan Head. Closed 7am – 4:30pm every day until 25 April 2020 but may be extended.

PRoW 632 Riverbank Road Ramsey is closed until at least 30 April 2020.

PRoW 423 Ballasalla to Grenaby through Scout Glen, north of the Athol Bridge, closed in sections until 19 March 2020 but likely to be extended beyond this date.

For further details the contact number for DoI is 850000.


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.


Subscriptions are due on 1st January each year and will remain at £6 for 2020. We would prefer members to pay by Standing Order and the relevant forms can be  download by following the links at the bottom of this page. Should you wish to pay by cheque please contact the membership secretary at


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 you encounter any problems with public footpaths, gates or stiles please could you email the Footpaths Officer at If possible take a photo of the problem, note the location and provide any other details that will help identify the footpath or area of concern.

We like to update the website photographs on a regular basis and are delighted to receive photographs from members. If you are happy for your photograph to be used by MFCG on our website, please email it to including the place and date of the photograph. Thanks go to members for providing photographs from our walks. They are always greatly appreciated but please make sure you have permission from everyone in the photo to put it on the website.   


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. 

Walks Programmes
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.



Dates for your diary

Winter Talks Programme

We would like to thank Chris Callow for his talk 'Oh I do like to walk along the Prom' which was held on 15th January. Once again there was an excellent turn-out to hear Chris share his knowledge (with the aid of some interesting slides) about the development of  Douglas Promenade over the years covering the period from pre-tourism to the current ongoing reconstruction. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.  

Don’t forget the final Winter Talk will take place on Wednesday 5th February at 7:30pm entitled ‘An Edwardian Holiday in the Isle of Man’ by well-known historian Peter Kelly MBE.

The tea will be followed by tea & biscuits and all members are most welcome. Parking is available at the QEII school and Peel Football Club

Post-Christmas Carvery Lunch
The post-Christmas walkers Carvery lunch took place recently at the Palace in Douglas. 44 members enjoyed an excellent three course lunch followed by a table quiz that got everyone talking and a few scratching their heads! Lots of laughter filled the room and all agreed it was an entertaining afternoon with a super atmosphere. Thanks, must go to all the staff at the Best Western Palace for their attentive service and looking at all the empty plates, complements to the chef and catering team.





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