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Sue climbing the rigging

The Picton Castle




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Helping keep the Island’s beaches clean…. A note from our Chairman, Bob Garrett
“At the club AGM it was suggested that we show support for the Beach Buddies by arranging with them to do a cleanup. A date was made with Bill Dale the founder of Beach Buddies to form a work party to clean the beach at Castletown bay on 23 July. 20 volunteers turned up. Bill met us and handed out pick up sticks and waste bags. At first sight the beach seemed fairly unblemished, but within an hour and a half we had collected 8 large bags of rubbish, plus a collection of flotsam and jetsam including plastic buckets etc. Bill says once you start to pick up litter you're hooked. I can believe it.
After repairing to Castletown to clean up, Peter Corkish opened the Scarlett visitor centre where 16 walkers inspected the exhibits and watched a short film about the local geology. After this we walked to Chapel Hill to see the viking ship burial and other ancient remains.
My thanks to all who supported this event”

Risk Assessments
The committee would like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to all those who have completed risk assessments prior to leading walks. In order to comply with our insurance, members who have agreed to lead walks must submit a risk assessment prior to the walk and email it to Alternatively, it can be completed by hand and posted to Pat (address available on request). The committee are in the process of simplifying  the forms in order to make the process easier and quicker whilst at the same time still obtaining the relevant information required for insurance purposes however until the new forms are available please continue with the current forms.

We would also very much appreciate it if all leaders of the Tuesday and Saturday ‘pop-up’ walks would complete and submit a risk assessment so that these walks can also be posted on the website for everyone to enjoy.

If anyone has any questions about this procedure or is unsure how to complete a risk assessment please do not hesitate to contact one of the committee members.

A Round the World Voyage
One of our walkers, Sue Harvey recently completed a world voyage on a square rigged barque called the Picton Castle (more details about the ship can be found on its website: When sailing Sue followed a tough four-hourly watch system and duties included painting the ship and removing rust, maintaining and repairing sails, helming and sail navigation (day and night). Sue describes many highlights – sadly too many to mention here – but they include the following; swimming with a singing humpback whale in Tonga, sightings of whales such as a huge pod of Sei and dolphins, visiting a particularly remote village in Vanuata, Pitcairn Island (whose population is descended from the mutineers of the British ship HMS Bounty), Palmerson Attol, where the population is 40, Fiji (for snorkelling on the reef), Panama (where Sue saw a Sloth), Bermuda, the Turks & Cacos, the Galapagos, Rodrigues (for the tortoise sanctuary), Reunion (“incredible scenery and mountain walking), Luderitz in Namibia (“total desert”), the North Atlantic (“crossing the Gulf Stream with an incredible plummet of temperature”), and finally Nova Scotia – the ship’s home port and final destination. For more awe-inspiring memories please have a chat with Sue…..

Triskellion Way
A reminder that Sue Furner has kindly obtained souvenir medals for all those who recently completed the Triskelion way. If you would like one please contact her (her email address was recently circulated by Bob Garrett).

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 632 Riverbank Road Ramsey is closed until at least 31 October due to a landslide

PRoW 423 Ballasalla to Grenaby through Scout Glen, north of the Athol Bridge, remains closed (currently no date for reopening)

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



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

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.



Dates for your diary
Winter Talks Programme

Following the success of last winter, we are thrilled to have three more exiting speakers for our Winter Talks Programme.
As usual, all talks will take place at Mylchreest Court, Peel.
Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 7.30pm ‘Buildings, Monuments & Anecdotes from my time on the Island’  by Dessie Robinson (well known to many of our members) 
Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 7.30pm Chris Callow, registered Blue Badge Guide. (subject to be confirmed) 
Wednesday 5th February  2020 at 7.30pm ‘An Edwardian Holiday in the Isle of Man’ by well known historian Peter Kelly M.B.E.

All talks are followed by tea & biscuits and all members are most welcome


‘Walk the Isle of Man – 2019 Event – UPDATE…
‘A reminder that this event will be taking place from Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October. Some of our walking group members will be either leading or supporting walks throughout the week. There will be five walks per day of varying degrees of difficulty to appeal to all levels of walker. Closer to the event, any remaining spaces on these walks will be opened up to local residents who will need to register and pay for the walks in advance to prevent exceeding the maximum number of walkers allowed in each group. For more information please contact Sally Helwich at or call 01624 664460.’



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