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Start of the Triskelion Way, Rushen Abbey




A tip for members: We have found a couple of very useful free apps for your smart phone. Firstly, OS Locate will give you map co-ordinates which will help the emergency services to find you should you find yourself in trouble. It also has a compass. The second one is which can help you find your way home in the event of you becoming lost (or maybe in thick mist). It shows you where you are on the map and has already proved itself useful to us a couple of times. Neither require mobile data to work away from home. Of course, there are many more apps. of this type on the market, I’m sure you’ll find one to suit you. Lesley

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

Brian, David & Maree, ably assisted by several of our group, guided 29 walkers, ramblers and strollers visiting from Dungannon in County Tyrone.  On Thursday 10 May they went down to the southeast of the island.  Some went for a stroll around Cregneash and down to The Sound.  Most walked from Port St Mary past The Chasms, down to The Sound and on to Port Erin.  A great day out in magnificent weather.  The Isle of Man at its best. The next day they all went up Snaefell. The weather was not quite so kind. 3 walked down from the summit, most walked down from the Bungalow and some spent the day in Laxey.  We hope you enjoyed you few days on the Island Dungannon, we certainly enjoyed meeting you all.
A short note from our friends from Dungannon: ‘Dear Brian, can I say on behalf of myself and the strollers how grateful we were to have your guidance and knowledge around the Island. Everyone enjoyed the trip and seeing the Island through the eyes of someone who loves and walks it’s paths’.

Lesley & Jim at the Haltwhistle Walking Festival

Lesley says…’We had a week of great walks in the fantastic Northumberland/Cumbria countryside, hills, glens, fells, woodland etc. and the weather was good too.  Many thanks to Marj and her team for the choice of walks and the superb organisation. Well Done guys! Hope to see you again some time and good luck with your Autumn Festival’.

Dot and Janice recently returned from a very enjoyable week at the Ride2Stride walking festival in the Yorkshire Dales. This is described as "a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line" and it's ideal for anyone wishing to attend a walking festival without a car as all walks leave from stations on the Settle-Carlisle line. Each evening a folk music session is held in a local hostelry, close to the finish point and the train station, with local and visiting musicians providing the entertainment. Over the 7 days of the festival they gave a choice of 28 walks ranging from 4 to 15 miles and 1 guided tour. The walks were led by experienced volunteers with a wealth of local knowledge. Following a couple of cool blustery days at the beginning of the week the weather just got better and better, ending with a very hot and sunny Bank Holiday week-end.  With its easy access to the Yorkshire Dales, Pennine Way, Craven Way, Dales High Way and The Three Peaks (Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent), not forgetting the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, this is a perfect area for a walking festival.

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.


Already this season, Manx BirdLife has received a number of reports of irresponsible and illegal behaviour around the nesting sites of some of our most special and rare birds. It has come to their attention that people have been:

1) Climbing down cliff faces to Peregrine Falcon nests

2) Approaching Hen Harrier nest sites

3) At night-time, illuminating locations in which Owls potentially are nesting

All of the above involve Schedule 1 species, which are specially protected by the law. IF YOU WITNESS anyone approaching or disturbing the nest, young or nesting site of a bird of prey (owls, falcons, harriers etc.), please take photographs and send these to Manx BirdLife. We shall be pleased to pass these on to the Island's Wildlife Crime Officers (anonymously if you wish). You can also send these yourself directly to the Wildlife Crime Officers: PC Mark KERRUISH and John HILLS Ramsey Police Station 812234. Some disturbance is of course inadvertant and can be resolved by calmly advising those at fault of their error. But some disturbance is clearly deliberate. The motivation might be simply wanting a closer look, a better photograph, or worse - for example, stealing eggs or nestlings. You are our wildlife's guardians, so please keep an eye out. Thank you.

The following MAJOR footpaths have been temporarily closed

RoW 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

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.

For further details the contact number for DoI is 850000.



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.


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.



Manx National Week

We look forward to seeing lots of our members at Agneash on Wednesday 4th July at 7.30pm for an interesting walk around Agneash, led by Brian Beattie, followed by a short service in the Chapel and a bring and share supper. This will be a lovely sociable event and a chance to meet other members in a delightful location and you are all welcome.

7 Kingdoms Walks Series

After a blustery start at the summit, 19 walkers, led by Brian Beattie made their way down the steep sides of Snaefell to the bottom of the valley where we joined the Millennium way.  It was a real treat to see lots of young mountain hares (most still with their white winter coats).  After lunch at the site of the sheilings near Block Eary ruined farm we continued on the Millennium Way before turning off to Glen Auldyn Valley  where the thick carpets of bluebells were fantastic. Truly some of the most spectacular scenery on the Island and thanks to Brian’s theories on the ancient history of the Island, a very interesting and enjoyable day.

Our next adventure  will be from the Dhoon Glen car park/MER tram halt at 10:15am on Saturday 30th June. Please bring cash or pass for bus and tram.

Triskelion Way

What a glorious day for 18 walkers to start the Triskelion Way! We left Rushen Abbey to walk up through Silverdale, on to the Round Table and down through Glen Rushen to end this section at Glen Maye. Brilliant weather and fantastic scenery enjoyed by all. Next month…Glen Maye to Cronk y Voddy (see walks programme for 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




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.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday walks will include rugged, unsurfaced rural and coastal paths and possibly rough/hilly terrain. Walking boots/shoes are essential and wet gear if necessary for ALL walks.

Sunday Walks Up to 6 miles, about 3 hours, finishing approx. 4.30pm. A drink is advised.
Tuesday Walks Up to 8 miles at a leisurely pace, about 5 hours, finishing approx. 3.30pm.  Please bring snacks and a packed lunch and drink.
Wednesday Walks Up to 5 miles at a leisurely pace, about 2 hours, finishing approx. 9.30pm. A drink is advised.
Thursday Walks

Usually 2.5 – 3.5 miles, about 2 hours, finishing approx. 12.30pm. Followed by optional lunch.
‘F’ grade walks (relatively flat).
‘M’ grade walks for reasonably fit people with a little country walking experience. Will include unsurfaced, rural and coastal paths. A drink is advised.
‘H’ grade walks for reasonably fit people with a little country walking experience. Will include unsurfaced, rural and coastal paths and possibly some steeper terrain. A drink is advised.

Saturday Walks

These walks are a little more strenuous and require a certain amount of fitness.  First of the month walks are between 8-10 miles, 5 hours, finishing approx. 4pm. The 3-4 remaining Saturdays are between 10-13 miles, about 6 hours finishing approx. 4.30pm. There could be sustained ascents/descents in remote areas. Participants need to be able to climb hills and keep up with the pace of the party. Please bring snacks and 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
Jun 3 1:30pm Snuff the Wind 261781
Jun 10 1:30pm Cregneash Car Park 191674
Jun 17 1:30pm Gardeners Lane (junction with Lezayre Road) 437944
Jun 23/24 0:00am Fleshwick House, Fleshwick. Hopefully to watch the sun rise! 201709
Jun 24 1:30pm Rushen Abbey Car Park 278703
Jul 1 1:30pm Groudle Glen Lower Car Park 420784
Jun 5 10:30am Ballakillowey Picnic Site T.T. Race Week 217709
Jun 19 10:30am Creg ny Baa. Please park in the lower car park 392818
Jun 26 09:50am Triskellion Way Walk-Staarvey Road at Ballkaighan Crossroads
Note: Early start car transfer to Glen Maye C.P.
Jul 3 10:30am Ballaugh One-Stop Shop, Station Road. Car Transfer to start of walk 347935


Jun 6 7:30pm Liverpool Arms public house. T.T. Race Week 419803
Jun 13 7:30pm Millenium Oakwood Car Park (Ballfletcher Farm Road) 368778
Jun 20 7:30pm Ballacrye Road/Polly Road junction, Ballaugh 347947
Jun 27 7:30pm Foxdale Old Railway Station 282781
Jul 4 7:30pm Agneash (National Week-followed by short service and bring & share supper) 431861
Jun 7 10:30am M Rushen Abbey Car Park. T.T. Race week 278703
Jun 14 10:30am F Ballacrye Road/Polly Road Junction, Ballaugh. Picnic 347947
Jun 21 10:30am H Montpelier Road, Druidale. Picnic 355881
Jun 28 10:30am M Peel Promenade, North End 250845
Jul 5 10:30am M Queens Pier, Ramsey. Tynwald Day 456940
Jun 2 10:00am

Port Soderick Railway Station. (Please park at P.S. upper car park & walk to station)
T.T. Race week. Please bring cash or pass

Jun 9 10:00am MER Douglas for 10:10am tram to Laxey. Note early Start.  Bring cash or pass. 395774
Jun 16 10:20am Tynwald Inn Bus Stop, St. Johns for 10:35am bus to Peel.  Bring cash or pass. 277818
Jun 23 10:30am Bradda Glen car park 193699
Jun 23/24 12:00pm Fleshwick House, Fleshwick. Hopefully to watch the sun rise! (Midnight) 201709
Jun 30 10:15am 7 Kingdoms Walk-Dhoon Glen Car Park/MER Tram Halt. Note early start.
Please bring cash or Pass-bus & tram to Snaefell summit
Jul 7 10:30am Glen Mooar Car Park 304894

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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