29 April 2018
On yet another spectacular Manx day, twenty eight walkers left Port Soderick for Groudle Glen. This is one of the longest stretches of the Raad Ny Foillan Anti-Clock Challenge, overall the walk took about four hours.
Apart from the first pull up from the beach, the walk to Douglas is entirely along Marine Drive and only at the Douglas Harbour Lighthouse does the route leave the road and wind down past Camera Obscura; must remember to explore this iconic attraction from the nineteenth century.
We stopped at Davisons in Douglas for a coffee and refreshing icecream; both good, but the early summer weather we were enjoying seemed to take its toll on the service somewhat.
On leaving the coffee stop, Mollie and I took to the beach, but as the tide was relatively high, we were amongst the shale and pebbles and it was hardgoing, so back to the pavement.
Through Onchan the path traverses residents’ gardens before returning to the road, then past the ruins of the old Howstrake Hotel – what a magnificent site that is, how come its not been redeveloped? – and down to Groudle Glen.
A great walk in beautiful weather. And the pictures in the gallery at the foot of this post tell the tale.
Plans for Leg5, Groudle Glen to Laxey, Sunday 27 May
This is one of the shortest walks on the route. Altine can’t make this coming Sunday so walked Leg5 yesterday, said it was great and suggests two hours should be quite adequate.
Start time : !0:00am
From : Car Park, Groudle Glen, down at the river
Expected arrival on Laxey Prom – 12:00pm
Lunch – Picnic on the beach
Leader – Jennifer.
Juliet and I will be sailing in Guernsey, so Jennifer, ably assisted I’m sure by Jay, will be your guides.
ord Michael Hobbs walking the Raad Ny Foillan
You may have read about Michael Hobbs, House of Cards author and House of Lords Member visiting the Island this month to walk the Coastal Path in memory of his late father Eric, whilst raising funds for Hospice Isle of Man. There is a good write up about Michael’s walk here, including a Just Giving link. ‘
A wonderful initiative; we wish Lord Dobbs every success with his RNF walk and especially with his fund raising for Hospice.
Click on one of the pictures below, to activate the “gallery”. Thanks to all who submitted the great pictures.