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Isle of Man Walking Festival 11 - 16 May 2014 Failt erriu gys Ellan Vannin Welcome to the Isle of Man

Are you looking for a unique walking holiday experience? Do you enjoy walking on hills, moors, glens, forests and beaches abounding with wildlife amongst stunning scenery? If the answer is yes, then the Isle of Man Walking Festival is the place for you. Vintage transport, culture, history coupled with the unique Manx experience and our 10th birthday celebrations will make the 2014 Isle of Man Walking Festival a sensory delight. You don’t even need to bring your car as all the walks are linked to our extensive transport system. As numbers are limited on some of our walks please complete the booking form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If you have any queries about the walks, please contact the Walking Festival Director: iomwalkingfestival@manx.net If you wish to discuss the booking arrangements, please contact Isle of Man Event Services: info@iomevents.com

Isle of Man Tourism


Calendar of Events Day / Date

Ref

Walk / Event Title

Sunday 11 May

REG

Welcome Evening and Registration

Monday 12 May

MON1 MON2 MON3 MON4 MON5 MON6 MON7 MON8 MONS

Douglas Town Walk A Foxdale Railway Walk The Albert Tower Amble Babbling Glens A Spring Delight Glen to Summit The Southern Peaks and The Whisky Run Raad Ny Foillan Stage 1 Evening Social Event - Tynwald Chambers Tour

TUE1 TUE2 TUE3 TUE4 TUE5 TUE6 TUE7 TUES

Peel Town Walk Twitchers’ Paradise The Meayll Hill Meander On Top Of The World The Walk That Has It All Secrets Of The Glen The Kipper Canter Evening Social Event - Go Batty! Bat Walk in Douglas

WED1 WED2 WED3 WED4 WED5 WED6 WED7 WED8 WEDS

Ramsey Town Walk Mountain Navigation Skills Farm Walk The Derby A Taste of the Interior A Glimpse Into the Past The Millennium Way Meander Coast to Coast Evening Social Event - Ceilidh/Manx Barndance

THU1 THU2 THU3 THU4 THU5 THU6 THU7 THUS

Twitchers’ Paradise Mountain Navigation Skills The Curragh Maughold Delight Ancient Routes Coastal Splendour The Southern Peaks and The Whisky Run Evening Social Event - Go Batty! Bat Walk in Douglas

FRI1 FRI2 FRI3 FRI4 FRI5 FRI6 FRIS

Farm Walk Greeting The Little People Walking With A Purpose Beaches and Birds Manx Northern Railway Walk Raad Ny Foillan Ramble Evening Social Event - 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Monday 12 - Friday 16 May

CPW

Coastal Path Walk (Raad Ny Foillan)

Tuesday 13 May

Wednesday 14 May

Thursday 15 May

Friday 16 May


The Isle of Man is undoubtedly one of my favourite places for walking in the British Isles. Despite its size, I find something new every time I visit. The last time it was the delights of the Herring Way. The time before, the part of the Coast Path between Port St Mary and Port Erin. Every time different. Where else can you walk from the coast, through woods, dales and glens before reaching a mountain – all within a 3 hour walk? And what better time to experience walking on the Island than the Walking Festival? Because here, you’re not just visiting for the walking, you’ve got entertainment laid on too. A complete package holiday with walking as its theme. Stunning scenery, fascinating history and the most friendly of people – it’s certainly time for another visit to the Isle of Man… Andrew White Senior Editor/Producer - Walks Around Britain

Gradings: How easy is this walk?

1 2 3

LEISURELY - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. The route will include un-surfaced rural paths and tracks. Walking boots and suitable clothing are recommended. MODERATE - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. The route will include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots and suitable clothing are essential. STRENUOUS - walks for experienced country walkers and a very good level of fitness. The route will include some hills and rough country. Walking boots and suitable clothing are essential.

Please note: These walk gradings provided are a general guide only. If you have any doubts about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance. Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences and the possibility of inclement weather, may make a walk more difficult than anticipated. It is at the guide’s discretion to change the route of a walk should the weather conditions, or other extraneous circumstances, deem it necessary to change a route.

Please note: All public transport links mentioned commence in Douglas.


The Chasms

Peel Hill and Peel Castle

Maughold

Brooghs

The Walks

EVENTS: MONDAY

Monday 12 May 2014

1 LEISURELY

MON1

Douglas Town Walk

Distance:

Minimal

Start:

Meet 10:00 at the War Memorial opposite the Villa Marina

Return:

Walk finishes in central Douglas

Summary:

Douglas is not all that it seems. Scratch the surface to find hidden Victorian delights such as the Gaiety Theatre and the Great Camera Obscura. Explore the town to find out its secrets during its heyday.

MON2

A Foxdale Railway Walk

Distance:

2.5 miles

Start:

11:40 bus number 4 from Douglas to Foxdale

Return:

Return buses at 15:22 / 15:56 / 16:27 / 16:55

Summary:

Foxdale was one of the great mining centres of the Isle of Man and this walk gives you an insight into the extensive use of the railways before their decline and then closure in the mid 20th century. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Foxdale Heritage Centre. The walk finishes at St John’s, the site of the interchange station. There will then be plenty of opportunity to explore Tynwald, the site of the ancient Manx Parliament.

1 LEISURELY


EVENTS: MONDAY

2 MODERATE

MON3

The Albert Tower Amble

Distance:

4 miles

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Ramsey

Return:

Manx Electric Railway 15:40 / 16:40 (or bus 10/40 past the hour)

Summary:

An opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Ramsey including the Albert Tower and Ballure Glen. Did the Royal Family really visit the Isle of Man? You will know for certain if you choose this walk.

MON4

Babbling Glens

Distance:

6 miles

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Dhoon

Return:

Manx Electric Railway 14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00

Summary:

The route starts with a cliff walk to Dhoon Bay and then up through the spectacular Dhoon Glen, the steepest and longest glen on the Isle of Man. A short trip on the Manx Electric Railway then follows before a stunning walk to the magical Ballaglass Glen. A day of vintage transport, sea, stunning waterfalls and beautiful wildflowers.

2 MODERATE


2 MODERATE

MON5

A Spring Delight

Distance:

6 miles

Start:

10:15 bus number 26 from Douglas to Cronkbourne

Return:

Frequent buses

Summary:

A beautiful varied walk through the countryside just outside Douglas, taking in farms and a nature reserve all bursting to life with blossom galore. A relaxing breath of country-air walking at this best.

MON6

Glen to Summit

Distance:

10 miles

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Glen Mona

Return:

14:15 / 15:00 / 15:55 / 16:45 Snaefell Mountain Railway + change in Laxey for Douglas

Summary:

A beautiful and invigorating moorland walk takes you from Glen Mona up to the famous Black Hut on the TT Course. After admiring the stunning views there is a steep, but very rewarding, climb to the summit of Snaefell. After taking the Manx Electric Railway down to Laxey, there will be plenty of time to visit the historical Laxey Wheel before returning to Douglas.

3 STRENUOUS

EVENTS: MONDAY

What a brilliant week - thanks to the organisers and roll on next year!

3 STRENUOUS

MON7

The Southern Peaks and The Whisky Run

Distance:

14 miles

Start:

09:10 bus number 1 from Douglas to Port Erin

Return:

Return buses at 5/25/45 past the hour

Summary:

If you are looking for a challenge then this is the walk for you. From Port Erin there is a steady climb up to South Barrule. After admiring the views, hill fort and hut circles, you then join The Whisky Run as you descend to Castletown, the ancient capital of Mann.

MON8

Raad Ny Foillan - Stage 1

Distance:

20 miles

Start:

The War Memorial outside The Villa Marina, Douglas

Return:

Return buses at 5/25/45 past the hour

Summary:

Would you like to tackle the Coastal Footpath year by year? If so, then this is the first stage. Walking at the required speed from Douglas to Castletown, this is a stunning introduction to the Raad Ny Foillan Challenge. Stage 2 will be next year.

3 STRENUOUS


The Walks Tuesday 13 May 2014

1 LEISURELY

TUE1

Peel Town Walk

Distance:

Minimal

Start:

09:37 bus number 5 from Douglas to House of Manannan, Peel

Return:

Buses at 15:22/15:56/16:27/16:55

Summary:

Is Peel really the picturesque fishing village, or are there mysterious stories of industry and fishing hidden amongst its tiny lanes? Find out by joining this walk, after which you can sample the delights of Manx ice-cream and a kipper bap.

TUE2

Twitchers’ Paradise

Distance:

Minimal

Start:

09:10 bus number 1 to Port Erin + short boat trip

Return:

Buses at 04/25/45 past the hour

Summary:

Spend a day on the remote Calf of Man accompanied by a Manx twitcher to help you identify the amazing number of bird species. There may also be an opportunity for you to meet the Warden.

1 LEISURELY

PLEASE NOTE: • This trip is weather dependent. If the boat is unable to run or to land on The Calf of Man, then we shall instead take a wildlife walk to the spectacular coastal scenery of The Chasms. • The trip is limited to 12 people.

EVENTS: TUESDAY

• A cost of £20 per person is payable to the boat owner upon departure.

2 MODERATE

TUE3

The Meayll Hill Meander

Distance:

4.5 miles

Start:

09:50 Steam train from Douglas to Port Erin

Return:

15:50 Steam train from Port Erin to Douglas (or bus 04/25/45 past the hour)

Summary:

After admiring the sweeping bay of Port Erin, you join the coastal footpath to Spanish Head. Magnificent views abound as you explore the prehistoric wonders of the Meayll Peninsula. There is then ample time to discover the traditional Manx skills and customs in Cregneash village before returning to Port Erin.


3 STRENUOUS

TUE4

On Top Of the World

Distance:

6 miles

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway, Douglas to Laxey + Snaefell Mountain Railway

Return:

Manx Electric Railway at 15:40/16.40 or bus number 3 at 10/40 past the hour

Summary:

A breathtaking walk in many ways! From the top of Snaefell, the Island’s only mountain, there is a short climb to Clagh Ouyr. You will be able to admire spectacular views from the ridge as you then head towards North Barrule. A steep descent will then bring you into the town of Ramsey for a much deserved refreshment!

TUE5

The Walk That Has It All

Distance:

8 miles

Start:

09:37 bus number 6 from Douglas to Peel + 10.20 bus number 4 to Glen Maye

Return:

Buses at 15:45/16:26/17:21/17:47

Summary:

A stunning circular walk from Glen Maye which encompasses most of the Island’s walking terrain. The route is steeped in history with woodland, rivers, a glen and stunning coastal scenery. What more could you ask for?

2 MODERATE

EVENTS: TUESDAY

We think your organisation is superb. Well done!

2 MODERATE

TUE6

Secrets of the Glens

Distance:

8 miles

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Groudle

Return:

Manx Electric Railway at 14:43/15:43/16:43/17:43

Summary:

From Groudle Glen a delightful track takes you to the historic St Lonan’s Church with its medieval crosses and the Ballannette Nature Reserve. Turning inland, you explore beautiful farmland and a reservoir before returning via Molly Quirk’s Glen. A very relaxing mid-week walk.

TUE7

The Kipper Canter

Distance:

14 miles

Start:

09:07 bus number 5 from Douglas to Peel

Return:

Buses at 05/25/55 past the hour

Summary:

A variation of The Herring Way used by Manx fisherman to walk from Peel to Castletown this is a spectacular walk. After a section on the Raad Ny Foillan the route takes you through glens, forests and open moorland. A gentle stroll along the river to the ancient capital of Mann completes the walk.

3 STRENUOUS


The Walks Wednesday 14 May 2014

1 LEISURELY

WED1

Ramsey Town Walk

Distance:

Minimal

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Ramsey

Return:

Manx Electric Railway at 14:40/15:40/16:40

Summary:

Continuing with our town walks, Ramsey is known as the island’s agricultural town but it also has a strong history of shipbuilding. Close to England, Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia, Ramsey has seen many invasions in the past. It also boasts as being the sunniest spot in the Isle of Man.

EVENTS: WEDNESDAY

And what better time to experience walking on the island than the Walking Festival? Because here, you’re not just visiting for the walking, you’ve got entertainment laid on too. A complete package holiday with walking as its theme.

2 MODERATE

WED2

Mountain Navigation Skills

Distance:

At the discretion of the walk leader

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway from Douglas

Return:

Manx Electric Railway/bus services at the discretion of the walk leader

Summary:

Ever wondered how to use your compass properly? Does walking on open moors worry you? Would you like to know more about contour lines? If so, then this is the course for you. Day one of a two-day course leading to the National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Award. Please note numbers are limited to 12 for this course. The second part of the course is on Thursday 15th May.

WED3

Farm Walk

Distance:

Approx 8 miles

Start:

This walk explores two farms in the north of the Island

Return:

Details available in the New Year

Summary:

Organised by the Manx National Farmers’ Union (MNFU) as a means of thanking the 2013 Walkers for their generosity in raising money for the (Isle of Man) Agricultural Benevolent Trust after the devastation caused by the March snow. We would like to use this opportunity to thank the Walkers and the MNFU for their kindness.

2 MODERATE


EVENTS: WEDNESDAY

1 LEISURELY

WED4

The Derby

Distance:

4 miles

Start:

09:50 Steam train from Douglas to Santon

Return:

Buses at 05/25/45 past the hour

Summary:

The famous horserace ‘The Derby’ hasn’t always been run at Epsom. This delightful coastal walk to the hidden bays of Port Grenaugh and Port Solderick will also give you some inside information about The Derby. There will then be plenty of time to explore Castletown, the ancient capital of Mann.

WED5

A Taste Of The Interior

Distance:

6.2 miles

Start:

Collection from the Villa Marina, Douglas Promenade by mini-bus

Return:

Buses at 14:50/15:52/16:50/17:47

Summary:

A beautiful and interesting walk taking you into the interior of the Isle of Man. After a short climb around Sartfell Hill to admire the views over Kirk Michael, Jurby and the Scottish Hills the route takes you through valleys and plantations to Ballaugh Bridge.

2 MODERATE

Farm Walk

The snowfall in the Isle of Man that fell during the Spring of 2013 was the heaviest rec orded since 1963. About 700 homes lost power and five people were rescued from their hom es when they were stranded by sno w drifts. The Isle of Man’s farming community faced catastrop hic losses, despite the efforts of hundre ds of volunteers who helped farmers search for thousands of ani mals buried in the snow. Fin d out more about farming on the Island and the affect of the snow with our Farm Walks on Wedne sday and Friday.


EVENTS: WEDNESDAY

1 LEISURELY

WED6

A Glimpse into the Past

Distance:

7.5 miles

Start:

09:50 Steam train from Douglas to Ballasalla

Return:

Buses at 05/25/45 past the hour

Summary:

Choose this walk to find out about the Isle of Man’s volcano. A gentle stroll along the Silver Burn takes you to the historical Monks’ Bridge before returning to Ballasalla to walk along the river to Castletown. A walk along the coast takes in an extinct volcano, a Viking Ship Burial Site and Keeill Vael before returning to the ancient capital of Mann, Castletown.

WED7

The Millennium Way Meander

Distance:

8 miles

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway, Douglas to Laxey + change for Snaefell

Return:

15:00 / 15:55 / 16:45 Snaefell Mountain Railway + change in Laxey for Douglas

Summary:

This route covers part of the Island’s first long-distance footpath. Starting at the highest point of the Isle of Man, the walk meanders through moors and gorse-covered hillsides as it makes its way to Sky Hill on the outskirts of Ramsey. A little road walking takes you into the town of Ramsey with plenty of time for exploring.

WED8

Coast to Coast

Distance:

12 miles

Start:

10:07 bus number 5A from Douglas to Kirk Michael

Return:

Return buses at 2/32 minutes past the hour

Summary:

Starting in Kirk Michael, on the west coast, this strenuous but satisfying walk encompasses open moorland, hills and plantations as it heads towards Snaefell. You then descend to Laxey on the east coast, passing the ruins of the Snaefell mines. There are beautiful views throughout this walk, including the famous Laxey Wheel.

2 MODERATE

3 STRENUOUS


Travel & Accommodation Bed & Breakfast Packages Travel by Sea Any Port Travel by Air UK Airports

Guesthouse £355 Guesthouse £410

3 Star Hotel £390 3 Star Hotel £445

4 Star Hotel £415 4 Star Hotel £470

Prices are per person based on 2 sharing double / twin room include 6 nights Bed & Breakfast, return travel and walking festival package. Single room supplements apply. Packed lunch available to pre book or on arrival with 24 hours notice each day (prices from £5.00).

Dinner Bed & Breakfast Packages Travel by Sea Any Port Travel by Air UK Airports

3 Star Guesthouse £445 3 Star Guesthouse £499

4 Star Guesthouse £499 4 Star Guesthouse £547

4 Star Hotel £518 4 Star Hotel £578

Prices are per person based on 2 sharing double / twin room include 6 nights Bed & Breakfast, return travel and walking festival package. Single room supplements apply. Packed lunch available to pre book or on arrival with 24 hours notice each day (prices from £5.00).

Coastal Path Walk Packages Travel by Sea Any Port Travel by Air UK Airports From

4 Star Guesthouse (B&B, Lunch & Dinner) £522 4 Star Guesthouse (B&B, Lunch & Dinner) £578

4 Star Guesthouse (B&B Only) £385 4 Star Guesthouse (B&B Only) £436

Prices are per person based on 2 sharing double / twin room include 6 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast, return travel, 5 days packed lunches (Monday – Friday), or Bed & Breakfast only & daily transfers to / from walk, all social events and welcome reception. Single room supplements apply. Please note Island Explorer Ticket not included (private transport only). Flight packages are available from most major UK Airports – prices shown are subject to change at the time of booking. Early booking is recommended. Looking for something different, we have a variety of picturesque country selfcatering and Bed & Breakfast properties. FESTIVAL PACKAGE INCLUDES • Travel pass for all forms of public transport during the festival (coastal path not included) • All chosen walks • Admission to all festival social events and welcome reception (Sunday 11th May)

Book with Isle of Man Event Services Ltd Telephone 01624 664460 or email info@iomevents.com


Booking Conditions Your Holiday Contract. When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. The Inclusive Holiday Contract is with Isle of Man Event Services Ltd and commences on receipt of deposit or payment in full. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by Manx law and the jurisdiction of the Isle of Man Courts. In the event of a telephone booking, a copy of the terms and conditions will be forwarded to you. If you do not accept the terms and conditions, you must advise Isle of Man Event Services Ltd in writing within 7 days and you are entitled to a refund of all monies paid. 1. HOLIDAY PAYMENT. At the time of booking, please send a deposit of £60 per adult and £30 per child. The balance is payable 6 weeks before your holiday commences. If the booking is made within 6 weeks of your departure date, the full cost of the holiday must be paid at the time of booking. 2. YOUR HOLIDAY PROTECTION. We are a member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. We provide financial protection for your money when you buy a package holiday. If you buy other travel arrangements such as accommodation only this protection doesn’t apply. 3. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services , including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. 4. ALTERATIONS MADE BY YOU. If you wish to change any of the details of your holiday after we have sent the confirmation, you may be liable to a charge of £25 per booking to cover any administration costs incurred. 5. CANCELLATIONS. Should you cancel your holiday, a cancellation fee is payable. The fee is calculated from the table below. A cancellation is regarded as valid only if stated in writing to Isle of Man Event Services Ltd. The lead name of the booking must also sign the written cancellation.

PLEASE NOTE: Refunds will not be made unless travel tickets and documents are returned to Isle of Man Event Services Ltd. Period before departure within which notice of cancellation or major change is received by writing to us or notified to you.

Amount of cancellation charge (expressed as a % of total holiday price, excluding insurance premium)

If we make a major change to your holiday

More than 42 days 29 - 42 days 15 - 28 days 8 - 14 days 7 days or less

Deposit 30% or deposit if greater 45% or deposit if greater 60% or deposit if greater 100%

£10 £15 £20 £25 £30

6. CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES TO YOUR HOLIDAY MADE BY US. A. WITHIN OUR CONTROL. In the unlikely event that we cancel or make major changes to your confirmed holiday, we will offer you an alternative. If we are unable to offer you an acceptable B. BEYOND OUR CONTROL. Should we be forced to cancel your confirmed holiday, or make major changes to it we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund of monies paid, In all cases except where the major change arises due to reasons of force majeure, we will pay compensation as detailed in the table above. Minor Changes include alteration of your outward/return flights/sea crossing by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same standard. Should we have to make minor changes to your holiday details you or your Travel Agent will be notified at the earliest opportunity. C. FORCE MAJEURE. This means that we will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire and adverse weather conditions. Coastal resorts occasionally suffer from sea mists and fog. Should either your outward or return journey be delayed we recommend that you have sufficient funds to obtain additional meals and accommodation. Under certain circumstances these costs may be covered by insurance which is strongly recommended. 7. TRAVEL DELAYS. In the event of a delay to your departure, Isle of Man Event Services Ltd will assist as much as possible. Should your delay be greater than 12 hours, Isle of Man Event Services Ltd. will pay £20 for the first full 12 hours that a client is delayed, and £10 for each 12 hours thereafter, up to a maximum of £60 per person. This compensation will be paid provided you do not have any insurance cover offering the same or similar compensation scheme. This action will only be undertaken provided the delay has been caused by a direct result of strike, industrial action, or mechanical breakdown of sea vessel or aircraft.

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Walk Booking Form PLEASE NOTE: To book walks only, please complete section 1, 2, and 4, plus your walk choices overleaf. To book travel, accommodation and walks, please complete all sections plus your walk choices overleaf and return to: Isle of Man Event Services, 26a Duke Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2AY. Tel 01624 664460 Email info@iomevents.com

1. Names of Walkers Title

First Name

Surname (enter party leader first)

2. Contact Details Address (Party Leader)

Postcode

Daytime Tel Email

3. Travel & Accomodation Details AIRPORT / SEAPORT

PACKAGE TYPE

DEPARTURE DATE

GUESTHOUSE

RETURN DATE

3 STAR HOTEL

NO. OF NIGHTS

ROOM TYPE

4 STAR HOTEL

B&B

Double

DB&B

Twin

Coastal Path

Single

4. Payment

NO. OF ROOMS

(Please include full payment if this booking is within 6 weeks of departure)

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Please choose your walks and events:

(applicable for everyone)

If you are not on the full walking festival package, the cost is £5 per event REF

WALK/ EVENT

NO. OF TICKETS

MON1 MON2 MON3 MON4 MON5 MON6 MON7 MON8 MONS

Douglas Town Walk A Foxdale Railway Walk The Albert Tower Amble Babbling Glens A Spring Delight Glen to Summit The Southern Peaks and The Whisky Run Raad Ny Foillan Stage 1 Evening Social Event - Tynwald Chambers Tour

TUE1 TUE2 TUE3 TUE4 TUE5 TUE6 TUE7 TUES

Peel Town Walk Twitchers’ Paradise (+ £20 payable to the boat charter) The Meayll Hill Meander On Top Of The World The Walk That Has It All Secrets Of The Glen The Kipper Canter Evening Social Event - Go Batty! Bat Walk in Douglas

WED1 WED2 WED3 WED4 WED5 WED6 WED7 WED8 WEDS

Ramsey Town Walk Mountain Navigation Skills Farm Walk The Derby A Taste of the Interior A Glimpse Into the Past The Millennium Way Meander Coast to Coast Evening Social Event - Ceildh/Manx Barndance

THU1 THU2 THU3 THU4 THU5 THU6 THU7 THUS

Twitchers’ Paradise (+ £20 payable to the boat charter) Mountain Navigation Skills The Curragh Maughold Delight Ancient Routes Coastal Splendour The Southern Peaks and The Whisky Run Evening Social Event - Go Batty! Bat Walk in Douglas

FRI1 FRI2 FRI3 FRI4 FRI5 FRI6 FRIS

Farm Walk Greeting The Little People Walking With A Purpose Beaches and Birds Manx Northern Railway Walk Raad Ny Foillan Ramble Evening Social Event - 10th Anniversary Celebrations

CPW

Coastal Path Walk (Taking place over 5 days including transport)

COST

P.O.A


The Walks Thursday 15 May 2014

1 LEISURELY

THU1

Twitchers’ Paradise

Distance:

Minimal

Start:

09:10 bus number 1 from Douglas to Port Erin + short boat trip

Return:

Buses at 05/25/45 past the hour

Summary:

Spend a day on the remote Calf of Man accompanied by a Manx twitcher to help you identify the amazing number of bird species. There may also be an opportunity for you to meet the Warden. PLEASE NOTE: • This trip is weather dependent. If the boat is unable to run or to land on The Calf of Man, then we shall instead take a wildlife walk to the spectacular coastal scenery of The Chasms. • The trip is limited to 12 people.

EVENTS: THURSDAY

• A cost of £20 per person is payable to the boatman upon departure.

2 MODERATE

THU2

Mountain Navigation Skills

Distance:

At the discretion of the walk leader

Start:

09:40 Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Laxey + Snaefell Mountain Railway

Return:

Manx Electric Railway/bus services at the discretion of the walk leader

Summary:

Ever wondered how to use your compass properly? Does walking on open moors worry you? Would you like to know more about contour lines? If so, then this is the course for you. Day two of a two-day course (day one Wednesday) leading to the National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Award. Please note numbers are limited to 12 for this course.

THU3

The Curragh

Distance:

Minimal

Start:

10:07 bus number 5A from Douglas to the Wildlife Park

Return:

Return transport organised by the walk guide

Summary:

The Ballaugh Curragh is a unique wetland that is home to numerous plant and bird species. Steeped in history, this fascinating area is also home to a herd of red-necked wallabies. An opportunity for you to explore a hidden and little-known area of the Isle of Man.

1 LEISURELY


3 STRENUOUS

THU4

Maughold Delight

Distance:

9 miles

Start:

09:45 bus number 3 from Douglas to The Corrany

Return:

Bus number 3 at 10/40 minutes past the hour

Summary:

Leaving The Corrany, we head towards the beautiful Ballaglass Glen before following the Raad Ny Foillan past the Quaker burial ground. Continuing along the coast, we walk to Maughold Church with its extensive and famous collection of Celtic Crosses. An exceptionally beautiful section of coastal walking then takes us to the town of Ramsey.

THU5

Ancient Routes

Distance:

8.8 miles

Start:

09:37 bus number 5 from Douglas to Peel

Return:

Buses at 15:56/16:35/16:55/17:29

Summary:

A beautiful walk which also gives you a glimpse into some Manx history. After walking along the Heritage Trail (an old railway track) to St John’s there will be plenty of time to explore the ancient seat of Parliament at Tynwald. The climb towards Lhergydhoo and the walk along the Raad Ny Foillan to Peel then gives you some stunning views of the west coast.

2 MODERATE

EVENTS: THURSDAY

The level of planning and expertise are very good!

2 MODERATE

THU6

Coastal Splendour

Distance:

7.8 miles

Start:

09:50 bus number 2 from Douglas to Port St Mary

Return:

Buses at 16:12/17:12/17:45

Summary:

Arguably, Port St Mary to Port Erin is one of the best coastal walks in the British Isles. In places the footpath is narrow and steep, but the views, feeling of remoteness and great variety of wildlife makes it all worth while. The descent into Port Erin, with its numerous refreshment outlets, also brings a joy to the heart!

THU7

The Southern Peaks and The Whisky Run

Distance:

14 miles

Start:

09:10 bus number 1 from Douglas to Port Erin

Return:

Buses at 05/25/45 past the hour

Summary:

If you are looking for a challenge then this is the walk for you. From Port Erin there is a steady climb up to South Barrule. After admiring the views, hill fort and hut circles, you then join The Whisky Run as you descend to Castletown, the ancient capital of Mann.

3 STRENUOUS


The Walks

EVENTS: FRIDAY

Friday 16 May 2014

2 MODERATE

FRI1

Farm Walk

Distance:

Approx 8 miles

Start:

This walk explores three farms in the south of the Island

Return:

Details available in the New Year

Summary:

This walk has been organised by the Manx National Farmers’ Union as a means of thanking the 2013 Walkers for their generosity in raising money for the (Isle of Man) Agricultural Benevolent Trust after the devastation caused by the March snow. We would like to use this opportunity to thank the Walkers and the MNFU for their kindness.

FRI2

Greeting The Little People

Distance:

7 miles

Start:

10:00 at The Sea Terminal, Douglas

Return:

Walk finishes in central Douglas

Summary:

No visit to the Isle of Man is complete without greeting ‘The Little People’ at the original Fairy Bridge. Some very pleasant grassy tracks take us to The Fairy Bridge before we join some quiet lanes that lead us to the historic bay of Port Soderick. Stunning views accompany you as you return to Douglas along Marine Drive.

1 LEISURELY


EVENTS: FRIDAY

2 MODERATE

FRI3

Walking With A Purpose

Distance:

8 miles

Start:

09.50 Steam train from Douglas to Santon

Return:

16.12 Steam train from Castletown (or bus)

Summary:

Such an auspicious title, but this walk gives you a unique opportunity for you to discover the numerous archaeological sites and keeills (ancient chapels) as part of a beautiful, thought-provoking and relaxing walk covering the Ballasalla, Santon and Castletown areas of the Island.

FRI4

Beaches and Birds

Distance:

8 miles

Start:

09:15 bus number 3 from Douglas to Ramsey then the 10:15 bus number 20 to Bride

Return:

16:26/17:05 bus to Ramsey, then the 16:40/17:10/17:40 bus to Douglas

Summary:

Walking around the desolate glacial plain north of Ramsey is a unique experience. Whilst there is some road walking, The Ayres Nature Reserve makes up for it. The site is internationally important for many breeding birds and the home for numerous rare plant species. The peace and solitude will make this walk a truly memorable experience.

FRI5

Manx Northern Railway Walk

Distance:

10 miles

Start:

10:07 bus number 5A from Douglas to St John’s

Return:

15:52/16:50/17:47 to Douglas

Summary:

This fascinating walk follows the track bed of the Manx Northern Railway which connected Ramsey with Peel. From St John’s, the walk explores sheltered cuttings, exposed embankments and two huge viaducts as the route ran along the west coast. There is then a gentle walk to the village of Ballaugh, passing through a halt which was used exclusively by the Bishop of Sodor and Man.

FRI6

Raad Ny Foillan Ramble

Distance:

13.7 miles

Start:

09:30 bus number 1A from Douglas to Port Erin

Return:

16:19/16:47/17:21/17:47

Summary:

Following the Raad Ny Foillan coastal footpath from Port Erin to Peel, this could be your outstanding finale for the 2014 Walking Festival. You climb three summits, each higher, wilder and more remote than its predecessor but the outstanding views, amazing diversity of wildlife and feeling of remoteness makes every step worthwhile. There will be ample time in Peel to reward yourself with an ice-cream and a kipper bap.

2 MODERATE

1 LEISURELY

3 STRENUOUS


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The famous Chasms

Castletown

Bay

The Raad Ny Foillan Challenge

EVENTS: ALL WEEK

Monday 12 - Friday 16 May 2014 CPW

Coastal Footpath Walk

Distance:

100 miles

Summary:

Are you up for the Raad Ny Foillan Challenge? Five days, twenty miles a day and the satisfaction of knowing you have circumnavigated an entire country’s coastline. An astounding variety of scenery and terrain helps to make every section of this longdistance footpath a memorable walk. Rugged cliffs, remote mountain moorlands, unspoilt glens and beaches, rare flora and fauna and places of historical interest are just a few of the delights you will encounter. The demanding Raad Ny Foillan (The Way of the Gull) is suitable for experienced walkers only. However, every step of your way will be under the expertise of an knowledgeable guide.

The perfect opportunity to raise money for your chosen charity!


Social Programme WELCOME EVENING & REGISTRATION Villa Marina, Sunday 11th May, 19:00 An opportunity for you to meet your guides and fellow walkers whilst relaxing with a hot pot supper.

TYNWALD CHAMBERS TOUR Tynwald Chambers, Monday 12th May, 19:30 Enjoy a tour of the Island’s legislative building and gain an insight into the Manx Parliament - the oldest continuous parliament in the world.

GO BATTY! Summerhill Glen, Tuesday 13th May, 21:00 Did you know there are seven species of bats in the Isle of Man? Tonight there is an opportunity to go bat spotting with the Manx Bat Group. Equipment will be available for you to use. Please note this is subject to weather conditions.

CEILIDH AT THE VILLA Villa Marina, Wednesday 14th May, 20:00 Yeehaw! Manx barn-dance with a light supper. Fun and laughter guaranteed although checked shirts and cowboy boots are not compulsory.

GO BATTY! The Nunnery, Thursday 15th May, 21:00

SOCIAL EVENTS

Did you know there are seven species of bats in the Isle of Man? Tonight there is an opportunity to go bat spotting with the Manx Bat Group. Equipment will be available for you to use. Please note this is subject to weather conditions.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Villa Marina, Friday 16th May, 20:00 Help us celebrate 10 years of the Isle of Man Walking Festival with an Oompah Band, spot prizes, goodie bags and, of course, Birthday Cake!


Point of Ayre

Ayres Visitor Centre

A10

Bride

A17

Snaefell Mountain

Jurby Head

Jurby

A10

Transport Museum

A10

Andreas A9

A17

A13

St Judes A9

A14

Grove Museum of Victorian Life (and Tearooms)

A13

Ramsey Bay

Curraghs Wildlife Park

RAMSEY

A3

Sulby

Ballaugh

Milntown House

TT COURSE

Glen Elfin A14

A15

Sulby Glen

Ballaugh Glen

A2

Kirk Michael

Glen Wyllin

Maughold

Bishopscourt Glen

A.R.E. Motorcycle Museum

TT COURSE

Snaefell

Glen Mona

A18

Glen Mooar

Ballaglass Glen

Port Cornaa

Tholt-y-Will Glen A4 A14 A3

A4

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LAXEY Great Laxey Wheel Great Laxey Mine Railway

A1

Tynwald Hill

Baldrine

Arboretum A2

A18

St Johns

A27

Ballacraine A1 A2

Crosby Glen Vine

Dalby

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Glen Maye

Clay Head

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Greeba Glen Maye

Dhoon Glen A2

Glen Helen

Patrick

El

Groudle Glen

A1

Foxdale

Braaid Niarbyl Bay

Douglas Horse Trams Gaiety Theatre & Villa Marina

Union Mills Braddan

A24

A27

Manx Museum

A3

Camera Obscura

A5 A26

Port Soderick Glen lw

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A27

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Santon

A36

St

Ballabeg

Port Soderick

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A5

Fleshwick Bay

Colby

DOUGLAS

A5

SEA TERMINAL

St Marks

Bradda Glen

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TT COURSE

PEEL

Moore’s Traditional Kippers

Niarbyl Visitor Centre

Rai

Cronk-y-Voddy

St Patrick’s Isle Peel Castle House of Manannan

Sn

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Ballasalla

A7

AIRPORT

PORT ERIN Cregneash Sound

A5

PORT ST MARY Cregneash Village Folk Museum

A5

CASTLETOWN Scarlett Visitor Centre

Castle Rushen Old Grammar School Old House of Keys Nautical Museum

The Sound Visitor Centre

Calf of Man

Maughold


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