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Navigation Skills Course in the hills

…and in a very wet and windy Peel!




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An invitation from Maughold Social Club to walk the Maughold Parish Boundary
The walk is taking place on Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday Monday), meeting at Ramsey Hairpin at 9:30am. The following is an extract from their newsletter:
“Bring a picnic and walk along the approximate path of the Maughold Parish Boundary - (we will not trace the precise boundary as this would be hard walking over rough moorland in places). We will meet at Ramsey Hairpin and take some cars to the beginning of the walk i.e. the Clarum off the Ballaragh Rd. We will then progress to the “Black Hut Corner” where we will picnic then those who feel the complete walk would be too long can leave (having arranged pick ups!). The remaining group will walk to the top of Barrule before dropping down across the Mountain Rd and returning to the Hairpin. Sorry - NO DOGS.”

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

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

Dowse Road, Ballig is closed from 26th November 2018 until 25th May 2019

Heritage Trail temporary closure. This PRoW (the former railway line) will be closed from Old Church Road to Peel Power Station on a rolling closure basis (as indicated by signage) from 6am on 30th April 2019 to 6pm on 30th November 2019 or until the work is completed, whichever is the earlier. For up to date details please contact DoI.  

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

Hopefully everybody has been able to access the Summer Walks Programme which includes a wide range of walks across the island. A big thank you to all those who have offered to lead and helped compile the 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.

A review of the Navigation Course by Lesley Parkington
“All ten club members have now successfully completed the second of the courses, the NNAS Navigation Skills Course, led by Andrew Foxon. We all had great fun learning new things and now realise just how little we actually knew! The three day course covered map reading, i.e. working out where you are from the contours  and land features and how to use the compass (even in the dark!).  Andrew is a very patient and kind tutor and we can thoroughly recommend doing these courses when he offers more places (possibly in the Autumn).”




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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