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Dougie handing over the Presidency to Bob

2019 Annual Walk




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40 club members took part at the AGM at the Douglas Golf Club to see the ever young Bob Garrett elected President of the MFCG.  Bob, and his better half, Ann, are never stuck for a new walk and are always there to give advice to new leaders.
Our most humble thanks go to our beloved Dougie Newton who has represented the club, as President, most admirably for the past two years and whose excellent walks will forever be known as known as ‘Dougie’ walks.  I’m sure Dougie has many more surprises in store for us.
A huge welcome to Ken Harding, elected as our new Chairman and Fiona Vaz our new committee member. I’m sure they will both work very hard for the club and bring with them lots of new ideas.  Good luck guys, it’s great to have you on board.  Fiona will also be taking on the job of Web Administrator so if you want anything included on the website, or photos you would like shown, Fiona’s your girl.  Committee member, Lesley Parkington is our new Club Secretary and she will be happy to keep everyone informed of what’s happening within the club.    Hard working David Leiserach has been re-elected onto the committee to continue as Footpaths Officer. And last, but certainly not least, Pat Mudie has taken over from David Leiserach as Safety Officer so from now on could you please send all Risk Assessments and Incident Reports to Pat.  You can find details of all of your committee members on our ‘Contacts’ page.  Once the meeting closed we got down to the important business… a delicious supper laid on by Douglas Golf Club, thank you guys.

Gwen’s Walking Holiday in Lanzarote
I had a week’s solo walking holiday in Lanzarote in January. I went with SAGA. It was a lovely hotel, they are a bit more expensive than your usual walking holiday company but well worth it. As it was all inclusive, I was able to work my way down the cocktail menu for free! Packed lunches were provided but were so big we couldn't fit everything in our rucksacks!   The weather was a little cloudy at times as per the photo but very pleasant for walking and the sun always seemed to come out at some point during the day.   The island of Lanzarote is slightly bigger than Isle of Man and its hills are of a similar elevation so the walks were not too strenuous. Imagine the IOM without grass or trees but with dramatic volcanic landscapes including craters, lava flows and black sand. The northern end was greener and softer. The colours were striking with black, brown, red, orange, yellow and soft green.  The guide and backmarker had their work cut out with 34 in the group, including 10 solos with the rest being couples. I met some very nice people and we got on well.   It was an excellent holiday and I loved Lanzarote. If you can do without all inclusive, spas, discos etc other firms do walking holidays there including, Ramblers and HF.

40th Anniversary of the Millenium Way Celebration
Bill Dale is looking for as many people as possible who can remember anything about the origins of the Millennium Way and particularly the very first day (if indeed there was a 'first day' or 'first walk'. If you have any info please contact

A special Thank You to all those members who help maintain our footpaths throughout year and report defects. Some members have ‘adopted’ a particular path, maybe near to home, and regularly take their secateurs with them to tackle the brambles etc. and Ian (Sunday/Thursday group) carries roundel way markers and his trusty screwdriver with him to replace lost or damaged ones. Many thanks guys, your efforts are very much appreciated.

The following MAJOR footpaths have been temporarily closed

The Mountain Road will be closed from 9am Monday 8th April until 10pm Wednesday 10th April

PRoW 253 Port Erin to the Sound is closed from 27th March to 27th May

PRoW 423 Ballasalla to Grenaby through Scout Glen, north of the Athol Bridge, is to remain closed from 9 March till 9 June

PRoW 632 - Riverbank Road, Ramsey

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.

A couple of tips 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

First Aid Kits
The St.John Ambulance instructor was very impressed with the First Aid Kits we have bought for the club. Several members have expressed interest in owning their own. If you would like to buy one for yourself please click on the following link  The ref is RL1233  and the price is £12.17



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, i.e. 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 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.  Subscriptions are £6 per annum, payable before 1st January each year. Membership Application forms can be downloaded from the Forms page or contact our membership secretary or tel: 671740.

Walks Programmes

Not long to wait now for our adventurous new Summer Walks Programme!

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.



QUIZ NIGHT to raise funds for a public access defibrillator at Agneash.  The MFCG is supporting the people of Agneash, in conjunction with Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation,  in their fund raising efforts to obtain a defibrillator for the village. You are invited to join them at the Mines Tavern, Laxey at 8pm on Thursday 9th May. Entrance £5 and all excess funds will be donated to Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation.  For further details, please contact Lynne at

An Invitation to join Phil Craine; and Henry Uniacke <> to walk The Triskelion Way,  the Isle of Man's first pilgrimage trail
Friends, You're warmly invited to join us on a hike across the island along the 36 mile Triskelion Way over the bank holiday weekend Fri 3 - Mon 6 May.  Like last year it will be in the spirit of pilgrimage with overnight accommodation available for those who'd like it.  All are welcome to join us for anything from an hour or two to the full four days.
You may also be interested the website of Pilgrimage IoM...
...and a detailed map of the Triskelion Way:
Please spread the word with anyone you feel may like to come along.  Hope you can join us!                                        
 Bannaghtyn,  Henry and Phil 
(please note: this is not an MFCG event)

‘Walk the Isle of Man – 2019 Event – UPDATE…
Sally Helwich and Andrew Foxon are pleased to announce that there has been considerable interest in the “Walk the Isle of Man” event running from Monday 30th September – Friday 4th October 2019 and are very happy to confirm the event. Several members of the MFCG have offered their services as walk leaders and if you would be willing to help with this as well, please contact Andrew Foxon direct on or via 480129. Andrew will be contacting and arranging to meet with walk leaders during 2019 and providing support, risk assessments, training and emergency backup. Walk leaders will be insured for the event. If there are walks that you would particularly like to lead and offer to visitors and residents, please let Andrew know!  To sign up more generally for information about the event please use or contact Sally Helwich at direct.”

A new challenge?...
Ten MFCG members have now successfully completed the Hills Skills Course and we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Dr. Andrew Foxon of Go-Mann Adventures did the training, supplying us with all the equipment we needed for the course. It took place over two days and Andrew taught us how to read the landscape and the map and we all had great fun learning new skills. We are now eagerly awaiting the Navigation Skills Course which will follow later this month.






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