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Tholt y Will

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Tholt y Will
Author: Vic, Published: 20 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Tholt y Will Walking Guide star0 Tholt y Will Walking Guide star0 Tholt y Will Walking Guide star0 Tholt y Will Walking Guide star0 Tholt y Will Walking Guide
Isle of Man, Sulby
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Tholt y Will
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Tholt y Will Walking Guide boot Tholt y Will Walking Guide boot Tholt y Will Walking Guide
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This 3 mile walk is through probably the prettiest glen on the Isle of Man, and goes along the wild and beautiful Sulby River and Sulby Reservoir, with views of Snaefell adjacent to the glen. It is in a beautiful inland area where hills, glen, pine forest, lake and tumbling river all feature.

Starting from the car park by the side of the Sulby Reservoir, the route begins over the dam and into a wooded area. The path descends running close to the Sulby River which, at this stage, is a crystal clear bubbling stream, before steadily rising up the glen. On the way the stream cascades through the glen, with several sharp falls clearly in view. Near the top an intricate path on a boardwalk threads its way over the stream and rocky outcrop. The main route takes you through a farm and then down to Sulby Reservoir. Alternatively you can return directly to the car park down the road, and miss out the route around the reservoir.

You will need to negotiate several bridges, gates, steps and a few stiles on the route. The total height climbed over the course of the walk is 590 ft. Sheep run free on the hills, so dog owners are advised to keep their pets on a lead in open ground. Allow 1.5-2 hours for the walk.

Take the mountain road, the A18, from either the Douglas or the Ramsey direction. Close to Snaefell, turn off the road to the A14 towards Tholt y Will. Towards the bottom of the hill is a signed car park adjacent to Sulby Reservoir. Parking here is plentiful and free.

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Walk Sections

Start to Track Turn
Start to Track Turn

Start point: 54.2712 lat, -4.4993 long
End point: 54.2748 lat, -4.5022 long

Start the walk in the Sulby reservoir car park, where there is ample free parking. Take the path which descends from the car park, shown on the picture of this section, and over the dam wall of the reservoir. At the far side, take the path which turns right and leads through a wooded glade. Follow this track until you reach another larger path. Turn left on joining this path.

Track Turn to Tholt y Will Glen
Track Turn to Tholt y Will Glen

Start point: 54.2748 lat, -4.5022 long
End point: 54.2772 lat, -4.4909 long

Follow this path, which in places runs close to the river (which has come from the reservoir.) Eventually you come to an old chapel converted into a dwelling, sitting at the side of a road (and pictured in this section). Turn left on this road for 50 yards and then turn right to pass in front of tea rooms and toilets at a car park on the side of the river.

Walk across the car park and cross a bridge (with a gate across it) to take you over the river and onto the path up the glen.

Tholt y Will Glen to Turn Off Road
Tholt y Will Glen to Turn Off Road

Start point: 54.2772 lat, -4.4909 long
End point: 54.271 lat, -4.4958 long

Shortly after the start of the glen, take a sharp left turn at a ‘Diversion’ sign. (In normal circumstances there are two routes up the glen, but at the time of writing (2017) the right-hand steepest path was closed for repair. Nevertheless the well-made path chosen for this route is steep as it progresses and eventually joins the repaired alternative path).

Along the Glen you will cross several boardwalks over tumbling streams. Near to the top of the Glen, several walkways with an Alpine appearance (pictured in this section) are constructed to take you round a cascading stream close to the path. Follow the path as it continues climbing steeply towards the final set of steps up to the road exit.

Turn right on reaching the road. Follow the road for around 300 metres to reach a set-back wide farm gate on the left of the road. Go through this gate. (Should you wish to follow a shorter walk, you can continue on the road for about 100 yards back to the car park.)

Turn off Road to Derelict House
Turn off Road to Derelict House

Start point: 54.271 lat, -4.4958 long
End point: 54.2654 lat, -4.4911 long

Having gone through the farm gate, take the very little used farm track. This goes over rough pasture, passing through a stone gateway and on to reach a derelict farmhouse on your right.

Derelict House to End
Derelict House to End

Start point: 54.2654 lat, -4.4911 long
End point: 54.2708 lat, -4.4993 long

At the old farmhouse, take a route heading down and right and going across a grass field to its corner (pictured). In the past this field was fenced, but now the fences are derelict and down. Take the route over one of these derelict fences at the corner of the field. Having stepped over this fence, head down for a few yards to the well-made path running alongside the reservoir.

Views across the water towards the hills and valleys are beautiful. Perched above the reservoir is the Druidale Farm in a commanding position.

Follow the route along the track around the reservoir (with the water on your left) towards the dam, and take a path on the right which leads up to the car park where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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6946_0Hartley19471484090619 Tholt y Will Walking Guide Image by: Vic
Uploaded: 10 Jan 2017
A vie w up the reservoir from the start.
6946_1Hartley19471484090619 Tholt y Will Walking Guide Image by: Vic
Uploaded: 10 Jan 2017
This is the gate over the river and the start of the Tholt y Will glen.

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