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Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay

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Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay
Author: Vic, Published: 22 Jan 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide star0 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide star0 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide star0 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide star0 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide
Isle of Man, Port Erin
Walk Type: Coastal
Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide boot Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide boot Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide boot Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide
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This Isle of Man walk of just over 4 miles, with steep climbs, takes you along the outer reach of Port Erin harbour, high above it where you will see magnificent views across the bay, to the southerly part of the Island and to Ireland. The photograph shows the first section of the walk from a distance, which passes to the prominent landmark of Milner’s Tower, and on along sheer cliffs with steep climbs and then towards the descent to picturesque Fleshwick Bay, and back to Bradda Glen.

The walk begins with a climb along the headland and up to Milners Tower at the top of Bradda Head, with commanding views over the south of the island and views of Northern Ireland. There are several paths along the headland and the walk takes in the lower one, which gives a better view of the sea where views of many seabirds and seals are possible. You will come to Milner’s Tower, a feature visible from all of Port Erin. Following a clear, meandering path along the steep sea cliffs, the route reaches the highest point of the walk and then takes a steep descent plus a short walk along a descending road to the pretty Fleshwick Bay. The final stretch follows the minor road back towards the doors of Bradda Glen.

The total height climbed over the course of the walk is 1300 ft and there are several steep climbs. A few of the paths run along exposed cliffs which need care, particularly with children and dogs. You will need to negotiate a few stiles on the route. Sheep run free on the hills, so dog owners are advised to keep their pets on a lead. Allow 2.5 hours for the walk.

The walk starts and finishes from the Bradda Glen car park. There are few main roads on the Isle of Man. Take one of them (the A5, A7, or A36 which are all clearly shown on any map) to the south west tip of the Island to reach Port Erin. When in Port Erin there is plenty of parking in the town, or you could drive to Bradda Glen along the road adjacent to the bay, to the northerly part of the bay in the town. There is a free public car park which serves the Glen and the cafe close to the entrance to the Glen. The walk starts at this car park.

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Walk Sections

Start to Milners Tower
Start to Milners Tower

Start point: 54.0916 lat, -4.7658 long
End point: 54.0926 lat, -4.7779 long

Start the walk from the car park behind the cafe at Bradda Glen. On leaving the car park there are several paths. Take the low one which goes along the side of the bay out to the headland (with the sea on your left). All of the paths eventually reach the same point, near to Bradda Head, but the chosen one takes you closest to the sea where there is an abundance of sea wildlife. The path is clear, safe and well made, with excellent views out of the bay and towards the hills and small island to the south of the Island.

Towards the end of the path, climb up and through the entrance in a wall towards Milners Tower. Take a short climb up to the tower where the views across the sea and the south of the island are magnificent.

Milners Tower was built in tribute to a locksmith named Milner who did a great deal to finance the building of Port Erin harbour wall. The tower’s shape is that of a key, representing Milner's trade, as a locksmith.

Milners Tower to Above Bradda Head
Milners Tower to Above Bradda Head

Start point: 54.0926 lat, -4.7779 long
End point: 54.0995 lat, -4.7713 long

Having descended from the tower, take the path to the left which climbs aside the coast, past old huts on your left. The path is fairly steep in places and close to the cliffs. However it is fairly clear and firm, but care is required.

Above Bradda Head to Hilltop
Above Bradda Head to Hilltop

Start point: 54.0995 lat, -4.7713 long
End point: 54.1032 lat, -4.7662 long

The route climbs steadily with the sea views on your left. The route is mainly moorland, with well marked paths but there are places on this section where there is an abundance of bracken, which can be heavy going and unpleasant if it is wet. At the end of the climb, stop for a few minutes to admire the view, over the sea to your left, and to the mountain range in the near distance.

You will see the steep descent ahead of you, through bracken (as shown in the picture for this section).

Hilltop to Forest Corner
Hilltop to Forest Corner

Start point: 54.1032 lat, -4.7662 long
End point: 54.1035 lat, -4.755 long

From the top of the route, take a steep and winding descent through thick bracken and on a rocky path, with a pine forest on your right. You will reach a fingerpost and a stile at the foot of the main descent (shown in the photo for this section).

Forest Corner to Fleshwick Bay
Forest Corner to Fleshwick Bay

Start point: 54.1035 lat, -4.755 long
End point: 54.1066 lat, -4.7523 long

At the junction of paths near the stile there are two paths. Take the path over the stile and through a field towards the road, which you will see ahead. On reaching the road, turn left down the hill to reach Fleshwick Bay (shown on the picture for this section) at the end of this road.

It is an undeveloped tranquil bay which should not be missed, with steep-sided rocky surrounds where seabirds find haven at various times.

Fleshwick Bay to Bradda Glen Entrance
Fleshwick Bay to Bradda Glen Entrance

Start point: 54.1066 lat, -4.7523 long
End point: 54.0916 lat, -4.7614 long

Having had the chance to dip your toes in the sea, retrace your route to where you left the footpath for the road. Go back to the stile and then turn left alongside a forest on your right, taking a rough road, which eventually becomes a small tarmac one. This is shown on the photo for this section.

Follow this road until it leads to the marked entrance to Bradda Glen.

Bradda Glen Entrance to End
Bradda Glen Entrance to End

Start point: 54.0916 lat, -4.7614 long
End point: 54.0914 lat, -4.7656 long

As you follow the road down the hill towards Port Erin, you will see the clearly marked entrance to Bradda Glen on your right. Walk through this entrance and on to the Bradda Glen cafe and restaurant (shown in the photograph). Behind the cafe is the car park where your 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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4 gallery images for "Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay"

7110_0Hartley19471484177080 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide Image by: Vic
Uploaded: 11 Jan 2017
This photo was taken from the side of the bay in the first section of the walk
7110_1Hartley19471484177080 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide Image by: Vic
Uploaded: 11 Jan 2017
This is the footpath which leads to the gap in the wall. The chosen route crosses towards Bradda Head and Milners Tower
7110_2Hartley19471484177081 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide Image by: Vic
Uploaded: 11 Jan 2017
This shows the route and typical footpath, which are firm and fairly clearly seen.
7110_3Hartley19471484177081 Bradda Glen and Fleshwick Bay Walking Guide Image by: Vic
Uploaded: 11 Jan 2017
The path crosses through dense low level vegetation between Bradda Head and the top of the hill.

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