A spring in my step – 9th April 2019

It started out wet and miserable, so I resigned myself to working and tutoring students all day. Then in the afternoon the sun came out, and at 4pm I decided it was time for a breath of air. Walking from home I made my way along the back road to the edge of Port St Mary, then up towards the Howe and down to Glen Chass.

Needless to say, this hadn’t been my original plan, which was simply to walk up to Cregneash via the eastern route and return via the western route. But when do I stick to my plans? It is much more interesting making it up as I go along.

It was a bit cooler today with a freshening wind. The views across to Langness were beautiful. The light turned everything slightly blue and gave the appearance of a work of art rather than a landscape. I followed the coast path up to the Chasms.

 

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From here I walked along the edge of the cliff rather than along the standard footpath up to the corner where the footpath at Spanish Head leads up through the meadows to Cregneash. Here, I caught a glimpse of the Calf of Man, lit from behind by a cool sun.

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From Cregneash it was a simple walk down the road to Port Erin; its one of those walks where us locals take the views for granted but what views to have half a mile from my own doorstep.

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This total route was about 4.5 miles with a total ascent of 500ft, followed by the same amount of descent over time.

Tomorrow I have a full day off, and my plan is to walk across those hills you can see here in the background behind Port Erin. Pray for fine weather, otherwise I may have to wait until the weekend.

Cliffs and Athol Glen Park 8th April 2019

I was up on the cliffs yesterday and noticed the amount of erosion that has occurred over the winter months.  It appears that no action is being taken but I wonder how long it can continue its course without parts of it finally plummeting into the sea? This will impact the cliff walk to Bradda Glen, just as the closure of the lower route has done, but having the higher route at least has always meant an alternative route.

 

 

The coast path to the south is closed behind the marine biological station for slippage up until May 27th, reopening just in time for TT.

It has been quite a wild winter over here. Not that it has been cold, wet or snowy. Just windy. It is noticeable the number of trees in the glens that were demolished by the winds and what were quite leafy glades are now more exposed to the sky, though this will change as they come into leaf. It does enable to ground-loving plants to come into their own, so there is always an upside to this kind of destruction.

I stopped at my usual hotspot on the beach and watched the tide come in until it lapped against my feet, then I walked home via Athol Park Glen. This must be one of the smallest glens anywhere. It takes less than 5 mins to walk end to end, unless like me you amble slightly off the footpath to take in its hidden gems. Even so, at its widest it can only be 200 yards or so! The bluebells and white bells looked almost more effective there being only a few of them, and the light cast wonderful shadows of the trees.

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Langness March 31 2019

Always a good spot for a bit of fresh sea air and distant views. This is a very easy level walk of no more than 3 miles, so great for an afternoon stroll to walk off the Sunday carvery.  My friend Janet and I started out by the over-sized bird table on the western side of the island that commemorates the Manx ornithologist Henry Madoc, who just happened to be the Chief Constable of the island. I can’t help but think that the birds have plenty of water in these parts but it is a landmark none the same.  It was a hazy day,

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which didn’t lend itself to good views but it is good to stretch the eyes.

From there we walked round the southern tip, past the foghorn at Dreswick point, which incidentally I have as a night-time view of the Milky Way as a screensaver, past the gun emplacements up to the Herring Tower. We continued a little further but have to foreshorten our walk due to other commitments. On other occasions, we would walk up along the eastern side of the golf course and pop in to No 19 for coffee or lunch.

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