Autumn/Winter 2020 guided walks

With the success of the guided walks I have offered in August I have planned six more to take place through the Autumn – a couple of repeats of the most popular walks and some new ones. The walks alternate between Fridays and Sundays as below:

Sunday 6/9/20: North Barrule and the Corrany Valley. This has been a very popular choice and  is a moderate to strenuous guided hill walk up what is possibly the finest hill on the island. Ascending steeply from the Hibernian things get easier as we traverse the ridge to Clagh Our and then return by the Corrany valley. On this walk expect rich wildlife, isolated ruins and spectacular views. 11km, four hours.

Friday 25/9/20: The Laxey hills – Slieau Ruy, Slieau Ouyr and Slieau Lhean. This is a walk which is carried over from the summer due to Storm Ellen cancelling our day out. Starting form the hamlet of Agneash we will climb these three hills before descending to Snaefell mines and learning about the Laxey mining disaster and returning to Agneash past waterfalls and tholtans. 10km, four hours.

Sunday 11/10/20: Colden. A relatively short walk but one of my favourites. Starting from the plantation car park by Injebreck reservoir we will follow Governor Loch’s Road before branching off to follow the rim of the glacial corrie over the summit and back to the plantation. On this walk expect rich wildlife, isolated ruins and spectacular views. 7km, two and a half hours, 9:30 til 12:00 noon.

Friday 30/10/20: Cronk ny Arrey Laa and South Barrule: a repeat from the summer walks as this was so popular and a great day out. This has to be one of the most spectacular walks on the Isle of Man. First visiting the isolated cottage of Eary Cushlin we will the ascend Cronk ny Arrey Laa accompanied by superb coastal views. We will then cross moorland to South Barrule and it’s Iron Age hill fort before taking a look at the lead and zinc mines and returning to our starting point. On this walk expect rich wildlife, fascinating geology and history and spectacular views. 13km, five hours.

Sunday 1/11/20: A Rocky Ramble – 480 million years of Manx Geological History. The most popular event from the summer walks is back! One this half day tour we will visit the classic geological localities of Langness and Scarlett and see rocks and structures from every stage of the the development of the Isle of Man. You will see faults, folds, volcanoes and fossils, all explained by a former professional geologist and teacher of geology. Some transport between Langness and Scarlett will be available. 5km of walking, lots of talking! 4-5 hours.

Friday 13/11/20: Slieau Freoaghane and the ‘hidden valley’: a new route for the Autumn starting from near Brandywell Cottage we will ascent this fine hill and descend into the ‘hidden valley’ with it’s reservoir and mines before climbing back out and returning along a good track. On this walk expect rich wildlife, isolated ruins and spectacular views. 8km, 3.5 hours.

Sunday 29/11/20: Reserve date in case of any cancellations due to the weather!

There will be Facebook events for each of these walks where you can reserve places – or just get in touch via johnb@mountainactivities.im

All walks are just £15 per walker.

New addition – as part of a series of seasonal winter walks I have added the following:

Friday 18/12/20: North Barrule and the Corrany Valley. This has been a very popular choice and  is a moderate to strenuous guided hill walk up what is possibly the finest hill on the island. Ascending steeply from the Hibernian things get easier as we traverse the ridge to Clagh Our and then return by the Corrany valley. On this walk expect rich wildlife, isolated ruins and spectacular views. 11km, four hours.

BIO

John Barker has lived on the Isle of Man for over thirty years and in that time has walked, cycled, run, climbed, dived, watched wildlife and studied the geology of this fantastic rock in the Irish Sea. A qualified Mountain Leader and Mountain Bike Leader, John will help you discover some of the Island’s finest trails and tracks.

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