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Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona

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Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona
Author: Vic, Published: 07 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide star0 Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide star0 Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide star0 Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide star0 Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide
Isle of Man, Douglas
Walk Type: Coastal
Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona
Length: 9 miles,  Difficulty: boot Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide boot Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide boot Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide boot Maughold: Belle Vue to Glen Mona Walking Guide
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A 9 mile linear walk on the Isle of Man, accessed from the capital, Douglas. This walk is one of a series of walks which encompasses the unique forms of transport in the Isle of Man as an integral part of the walk. These are: (1) The Manx Electric Railway (sometimes called Tramway), (2) The Snaefell Mountain Railway (sometimes called Tramway), (3) The Manx Steam Railway and (4) The Groudle Glen Railway. This walk focuses on Number (1), in that the tram takes the walker from the capital, Douglas, to the start of the walk, and returns the walker to Douglas by the same form of transport at the end of the walk. These means of transport define a tradition that has carried people from the capital to Ramsey in the north through magnificent countryside for over a hundred years. The rolling stock and electric engines driving them are original or close to it.

The journey takes in great variety, stretching from a walk along coastal cliffs near to the start, then along the sea shore and up the dominating hill and cliff of Maughold Head with terrific views to the north of the island, a cliff side light lighthouse, through an ancient church and burial area, to rocky headlands and winding cliff paths, coastal bays, and to the onward final destination of Glen Mona Tramway halt. There are some fairly steep climbs as well as narrow rocky paths along the coast, and whilst safe to walk on and well defined, do require care. Sheep are spread widely in the Island so it would be wise to ensure that if you bring your dog it is steady towards sheep, and is safe when walking on narrow paths. You will need to negotiate several gates, footbridges and stiles. Allow 4.5 hours, plus extra time for the tram journeys.

Getting there
This walk is unique in that it combines a form of transport not found anywhere else in the UK but the Isle of Man –the Isle of Man Electric Railway. To get to the start of this linear walk (at Belle Vue Halt), you’ll need to catch the tram from the Electric Railway depot at the north end of the promenade in Douglas, close to the town of Onchan, some 2 miles along the promenade from central Douglas. Tickets are available at the place of boarding. The website with timetables is at https://www.gov.im/categories/travel-traffic-and-motoring/bus-and-rail/heritage-railways/manx-electric-railway/. Out of season you can get a bus from Douglas centre to the outskirts of Ramsey, as close as possible to the Belle Vue Tram halt. Return is easily achieved by tram from the halt at Glen Mona to Douglas, or out of season by bus from the road near to the finish of the walk.

Walk Sections

Start to Maughold Shelter
Start to Maughold Shelter

Start point: 54.3096 lat, -4.361 long
End point: 54.3023 lat, -4.3228 long

The start of the walk is at the Belle Vue halt, an electric tram request stop. It is not a full station so you may have to tell the guard that you want this stopping point. From the halt, walk down the hill for about 250 metres along Maughold Road and then take a left turn towards a recreational car park. Follow the clearly marked path along the cliff side, and look out to sea towards the north of the island and to the town of Ramsey, the Island’s second largest city. Follow the path until it takes you down to the shore. (NOTE: For approximately a two-hour period at high tide, this part of the walk is impassable as it is under water. If you are unfortunate to have timed your walk in this window, then you can omit this cliff area by continuing on Maughold Road down from the tramway halt, ie by not turning off at the car park.)

Walk along the beach until you come to a turn on the right along a slip that leads up to Maughold Road, and marked by a blue walk sign, Raad Ny Foillan. Turn left along the road and follow it for 200m until you come to another Raad Ny Foillan sign on the left. Take the path past a house and up towards a well-marked path, climbing up towards Maughold Head. Follow this clear and sometimes steep path through the gorse and bracken for some distance to reach the next waypoint, a shelter near the top of the hill, with magnificent views down to the coast in the direction of the next part of the walk. It’s a good place to have a rest and refreshing drink before the next leg. It is quite a long distance to this waypoint shelter, but as the path is fairly clear and has no turn offs, it is easy to follow.

The photograph is taken from the path along the cliff side.

Maughold Shelter to Maghauld Head Peak
Maughold Shelter to Maghauld Head Peak

Start point: 54.3023 lat, -4.3228 long
End point: 54.2981 lat, -4.3128 long

Continue on the path from the shelter, keeping the sea across to your left until you draw level with the Maughold Church and graveyard (across to your right). At this point, to reach the highest point, take a small footpath off to the left and climb up the hill to a small cairn. Admire the views of the countryside and the lighthouse, then retrace your steps back down the hill.

The photograph is taken adjacent to Maughold Church

Maghauld Head Peak to Beach Cottage
Maghauld Head Peak to Beach Cottage

Start point: 54.2981 lat, -4.3128 long
End point: 54.2926 lat, -4.3252 long

At the bottom of the hill, turn left along a road that goes to a car park where you will come to view a very pretty lighthouse perched on the rocks. Retrace your steps along the appropriately named Lighthouse Road and towards the churchyard. Meander around the churchyard but don’t miss the very old gravestones from the 6th to the 13th century, stored under the cover of an open shed in the churchyard.

After your time in the graveyard leave it opposite Lighthouse Road (the way you entered), turn right and head downwards towards the sea through a clear path with various gates and stiles and towards the rocky coast.

Take the path onto a small beach with a narrow path to its right. Follow this narrow path along the cliffs and over the rocks. After travelling on a rocky path close to the shore you will eventually come to a little bay with a single residence on it (Beach Cottage). You may see seals along the way swimming near to land or basking on the rocks. At the beach, take a turn inland up a road.

The photograph is taken from Maughold Head and shows the bay of Port Mooar in the centre.

Beach Cottage to Ballajora Crossing
Beach Cottage to Ballajora Crossing

Start point: 54.2926 lat, -4.3252 long
End point: 54.289 lat, -4.336 long

Follow the road up from the beach until you come to a road T-junction. Take a left turn along Maughold Road, until you come to a tram crossing. Take a rest here as the road is steep beyond this crossing.

The photograph is taken from Port Mooar adjacent to the cottage there.

Ballajora Crossing to Grass Roof House
Ballajora Crossing to Grass Roof House

Start point: 54.289 lat, -4.336 long
End point: 54.2816 lat, -4.3515 long

After the crossing, where Maughold Road bears left, go ahead to take the steep road up a hill (Quakers Road). Follow this over the hill until you start to descend towards Maughold Road. On the way in Quakers Road you will see an ancient monument of Cairn Ballafayle, which is on the opposite side of the road to an ancient burial ground.

At the junction of the two roads is a distinctive house with an environmentally-friendly grass roof. At this point go straight ahead, crossing Maughold Road and passing the house on your left, on a road which becomes a track, Benussies Road.

The photograph is taken from the track between the grass-roofed house and Port Cornaa.

Grass Roof House to Port Cornaa
Grass Roof House to Port Cornaa

Start point: 54.2816 lat, -4.3515 long
End point: 54.2637 lat, -4.347 long

Follow the track down the hill with a small river on your right. Pass derelict buildings on your right and continue to descend on the clearly marked track. Near to the bottom of the hill, the track becomes a clearly marked footpath which you take towards Port Cornaa, and over the river on a wooden bridge. The bay at Port Cornaa is clearly in view some 100m away. There is a beach, a small car park and benches to sit and while away the time.

Port Cornaa to Turn for Glen Mona
Port Cornaa to Turn for Glen Mona

Start point: 54.2637 lat, -4.347 long
End point: 54.2697 lat, -4.3724 long

Take the small road out of Port Cornaa up the wooded hill. When you reach a sharp left-hand turn in the road, you will also see a cottage next to a river on your right, where a track also comes in. Close to the cottage you will see a ford, stile and a footpath sign. This is the path you will take to the Glen Mona halt.

The photograph is taken from Port Cornaa and is the road out of the bay.

Turn for Glen Mona to End
Turn for Glen Mona to End

Start point: 54.2697 lat, -4.3724 long
End point: 54.2705 lat, -4.3757 long

Follow this footpath which is rocky and narrow in places up the hill until you come to the tram halt. (The path can be rather wet after heavy rain, so if you want to avoid it, then do not turn off the road at the cottage. Instead, just take the road for about a quarter of a mile until you come to a road junction, where you would turn right and follow it until you come to the Glen Mona hotel, about another quarter of a mile away. On reaching the Glen Mona on your left, go through the car park opposite the hotel and along a slightly hidden path for a short distance to the tram halt).

Having reached Glen Mona Halt, you can take the tram back to Douglas.

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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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