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Chris & Di on the Cleveland Way

Caroline at Machu Pichu




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A word from Kevin
‘Thank you to all those members who have expressed an interest in joining the First Aid course. There has been a good response. The courses will be held in September to avoid any problems arising from holiday absence. Further details will be issued shortly’.

Parish Walk
Didn’t they do well!  Well done Lee Hughes (Saturday group) for getting to Peel in his first Parish Walk in a very respectable 8h 51m. (hope our cheering at the bottom of the Sloc didn’t embarrass you too much Lee).  All the way next year eh Lee?  Well done too to Rob Wright who made it to Peel in 7h 12m.  Good job guys!

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

Di and Chris Turner walked the Cleveland Way

In May we started from Helmsley to Filey and walked 109 miles in 9 days.  It is a National Trail of wonderful variety. With much of the route lying within the North York Moors National Park, there are some fascinating landscapes to savour.  Roughly half of the National Trail between Helmsley and Saltburn-by-the-Sea crosses attractive farmland, woods and the beautiful heather moorland of the North York Moors. From Saltburn to Filey the path provides an outstanding coastal experience, with dramatic cliff tops and attractive former fishing villages and towns to enjoy, The Way is very well signposted and is an exceptional, well maintained Trail. A credit to Yorkshire. We had fantastic weather which is a big, big bonus in the U.K. We found the local people very friendly and helpful. There is ample and varied accommodation on route. This is a walk we would highly recommend’.

Caroline & Rob walking in Peru in February

The highest point of the trip, with the Volcano Ampato in the background at over 6,000 metres.  Very bleak, windy, cold and barren up here!
The photograph shows part of the Machu Pichu, taken from a section higher up.  What the photograph doesn't show are the 1,000+ other people around me, all taking photos and selfies.  Wasn't expecting that! 

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

The next walk in the 7 Kingdoms Series will be from Ramsey bus station at 10am on Saturday 11th August. Please bring pass or cash for bus and tram to Snaefell Summit.

Triskelion Way

14 walkers braved the heat on a fantastic day to walk the second stage of the Triskelion Way.  Starting at Glen Maye we walked down through the Glen (so lush it could have been a rain forest) and along the coastal path to Peel, stunning views in every direction with a short stop at the Happy Hikers for photos.   Lunch on Peel Hill then along the prom to the coastal path to Lhergydhoo. Up through Lhergydhoo farm and onto the greenway to the Staarvey. From there a short stretch to the cars.  A very, very hot day but the views were worth it.  July…Ballakaighan to Sulby Reservoir (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
Jul 1 1:30pm Groudle Glen Lower Car Park 420784
Jul 8 1:30pm Port Grenaugh 316704
Jul 15 1:30pm Sulby Reservoir Car Park. BBQ at Lhergyrhenny. Please bring food to cook or a picnic 373890
Jul 22 1:30pm St. John’s Old Railway Station 278816
Jul 29 1:30pm Marine Drive, Douglas. South of Archway 387745
Aug 5 1:00pm MER Tram Halt, Laxey. Note early start. Please bring cash or pass for tram or bus 433844
Jul 3 10:30am Ballaugh One-Stop Shop. Car transfer to start of walk 347935
Jul 17 10:30am Kallow Point, Port St. Mary 207671
Jul 24 09:50am Sulby Rerservoir Car Park.
Note early start-Triskelion Way-Car Transfer to Ballakaighen Crossroads
Jul 31 10:15am Queens Pier, Ramsey. Car transfer to Black Hut. Note early start 456940
Aug 7 10:30am St. Lukes Church 360823


Jul 4 7:30pm Agneash. National Week Walk followed by short Service and bring & share supper. 431861
Jul 11 7:30pm Village Walk car park, Onchan. Walk followed by optional Fish ‘n Chip supper 397882
Jul 18 7:30pm Glen Mooar Car Park 304894
Jul 25 7:30pm Queens Pier, Ramsey 456940
Aug 1 7:30pm Archallagan Plantation 307788
Jul 5 10:30am Queens Pier, Ramsey. Tynwald Day 278703
Jul 12 10:30am Sulby Reservoir Car Park. BBQ at Lhergyrhenny. Please bring food to cook or a picnic 347947
Jul 19 10:30am Sulby Claddagh, Ford End. Geocaching Introduction 355881
Jul 26 10:30am St. John’s Arboretum. Picnic 250845
Aug 2 10:30am Cregneash Car Park 456940
Jul 7 10:30am

Glen Mooar Car Park

Jul 14 10:30am Sulby Reservoir Car Park 373890
Jul 21 10:30am St. Lukes Church 360823
Aug 4 10:30am Begoade Road Picnic Site 413815

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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