We’re off – Eary Cushlin – Niarbyl

On the eve of the momentous Brexit vote with the weather almost perfect, not much breeze, a bit of cloud cover taking the edge off the late afternoon summer heat (?), the Raad Ny Foillan Challenge got under way, completing the first leg – the Eary Cushlin to Niarbyl Summer Stroll.

In total we had 44 walkers, of whom four decided to go via Lag Ny Keeilley and would have enjoyed the chest high ferns en route. On the way back, deep in conversation they missed the signboard and the stile – and landed up walking the last mile on the road!

The rest took the IMG_0881more leisurely direct route, down the farmtrack for fifteen minutes, then across the fields, skirted the clifftops and down to the beach, followed by steps up through dense pampas grasses to the Niarbyl Café.

No sign of any basking sharks, though!

As we’ve become accustomed, Chris and his ladies at the Café did us proud and the fish & chips, and the steak & ale pies were much appreciated.IMG_0935

Thanks to all our generous sponsors, and to all who turned up to enjoy the walk, enter into the fun and spirit of the evening and help to bid up the auction.

There were 13 fine prizes auctioned, the rookie auctioneer did his stuff, ably assisted by Andrew and Richard. The overnight stay at the Claremont in a luxury sea view room was won by Tracey Bell – many thanks to Sleepwell Hotels. The lucky team who topped the bidding for the tickets for “Oliver” in August at the Gaiety  – for which many thanks are due to James Davis and Taylorian Productions – was Family Fayle.

The bottom line?

  • the auction raised £617,
  • which together with 36 Raad Ny Foillan entries and
  • 44 Eary Cushlin entries, all at £10 a piece, together with
  • one corporate subscription and
  • donations of £84

meant we raised £2,001 for Hospice at Home funds.


People setting off from Eary Cushlin carpark on the first stage of the round-island 'Walk with Diana' in aid of Hospice At Home

People setting off from Eary Cushlin carpark on the first stage of the round-island ‘Walk with Diana’ in aid of Hospice At Home

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Friday 24 June saw a group of us on a recce for the second leg of the Raad Ny Foillan, from the Niarbyl Café to the Creek in Peel.
Overall time – 2 hours, fourty minutes.IMG_0983
Departure for the second leg of the Raad Ny Foillan Challenge will take place from the Niarbyl Cafe at 5pm on 27 July, 2016.

Look forward to seeing you there! And, maybe we’ll have more luck with the basking sharks!




Credit for the picture at the Eary Cushlin gate – Isle of Man Newspapers