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Baldrine and Groudle

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Baldrine and Groudle
Author: Vic, Published: 11 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Baldrine and Groudle Walking Guide star1 Baldrine and Groudle Walking Guide star1 Baldrine and Groudle Walking Guide star1 Baldrine and Groudle Walking Guide star1 Baldrine and Groudle Walking Guide
Isle of Man, Baldrine
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Baldrine and Groudle
Length: 11 miles,  Difficulty: boot Baldrine and Groudle Walking Guide boot Baldrine and Groudle Walking Guide boot Baldrine and Groudle Walking Guide
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An 11 mile circular walk close to the village of Baldrine on the Isle of Man. 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 circular walk focuses on Number (4), The Groudle Glen Railway. This is a very varied walk, taking in pasture land, tracks, minor roads, a picturesque bay, a nature reserve, ancient church, and a glen with tumbling stream, and an (optional) ride on the railway.

The unique transport part of the journey is in taking an (optional) ride part way through the walk on the meticulously restored Groudle Glen Railway, a fairly short trip from the station in a glen to a cafe and a previous sea lion pen at the coast, set in the stunning cliffs at the coast. To check timetables and buy tickets for the Groudle Glen railway visit http://www.ggr.org.uk

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 happy to travel in a Groudle railway carriage. You will need to negotiate several gradients, road stretches and steps, but there are no stiles on route. Allow 5.5 hours.

Getting there
This walk relies on getting to the start by car, as it is some distance from a bus or train stop. From Douglas, take the A2 towards Laxey. After approximately 3 miles from Douglas you will come to a crossroads. Take the left turn onto Bayr Bygoad, Begoade Road. In just over 700 metres the road bends right, at the point where a track goes off left. Continue further on the road for a little over a kilometre until you come to a large car park, on your right, with terrific views towards the coast. Leave the car there and this is the starting point for the walk.

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Walk Sections

Start to Baldrine
Start to Baldrine

Start point: 54.2043 lat, -4.4362 long
End point: 54.2041 lat, -4.4102 long

With the car park behind you, head right along the road to reach the junction in around 500 metres. At the junction turn right onto a narrow road. After about 300 metres the road bears to the left and a track carries on ahead. Take the track. After about 700 metres, a road from a farm comes in from the left and, shortly afterwards, you turn left onto a minor road. (Don’t take a track which goes straight on.) Follow this minor road, Pack Horse Lane, into Baldrine village.

Baldrine to Ballannette Nature Reserve
 Baldrine to Ballannette Nature Reserve

Start point: 54.2041 lat, -4.4102 long
End point: 54.1939 lat, -4.4043 long

Continue along the small road as it heads through the village, across the main Douglas to Laxey road and past houses, through the trees and eventually out of the village where your route joins the main road. Take the main road for about 50 metres until you come to a turn off on your right, marked by the blue Raad Ne Foillan waymarker. Take this track which descends for about 500 metres to the attractive Garwick Bay with its small stream and a building monument to a famous local fisherman.

From Garwick Bay, take the small track directly inland as it climbs up the hill for about 500 metres until it reaches a road, Clay Head Road. Turn left, with a pretty black and white house opposite you. Follow the small road and admire the views off to your left as you go along this minor road. Follow the track marked by the Raad Ny Foillan sign, and you will come to a building belonging to a company which sponsors the adjacent Ballannette Nature Reserve. Keep to the minor road but, as you enter the nature reserve, you may freely wander in the land set aside for this purpose should you wish. There are several helpful notice boards in the reserve which give a background to the reserve, and to its wildfowl and animals.

Ballannette Nature Reserve to Groudle Railway
Ballannette Nature Reserve to Groudle Railway

Start point: 54.1939 lat, -4.4043 long
End point: 54.1765 lat, -4.4215 long

As you leave the reserve at the far side you come to a small road, where you turn left. Follow this road for about 500 metres and you will come to signs for St Adamnan’s Church and burial ground. The church and surrounds are worth visiting. Follow the track up to the left and see the very small and ancient church and the burial ground. There are also some ancient headstones which go back some 1300 years.

From the church, head back to the small road and turn left to continue along it. Follow the road over fields until you reach the end of it. At this point you will have woods in front of you and a gated entrance which leads you to a footpath going down a hill to the wood. This wood is the start of Groudle Glen. As you enter the glen, you will be on a footpath which takes you to the Groudle Railway halt. If you would like to travel on the railway to the Sea Lion pen, café and dramatic cliffs then you can buy tickets at the station or buy them in advance (see details in walk overview). On days when the trains are not running, then you could walk along the track and to the café and sea lion pens should you wish. The cliff area around here is particulary rugged and worth seeing.

Groudle Railway to Injaigin Plantation
Groudle Railway to Injaigin Plantation

Start point: 54.1765 lat, -4.4215 long
End point: 54.2107 lat, -4.4424 long

From the Groudle Railway halt, take the track which goes through the very pretty Groudle Glen. You’ll see a clear tumbling stream, a steep sided valley and a very well-maintained footpath. As you progress through the glen you will see a large high bridge spanning the glen. Make your way such that you go up the steps to the left or the right of the bridge as you approach it. After a climb you will be on the road from Onchan to Baldrine. Turn to the right and follow the road, on a fairly good roadside path, for about 600 metres until you see a turn off to the left marked Bibaloe Beg. Take this small road to climb over the hill for about 700 metres until you come to the main Douglas to Laxey road.

At the junction turn right then immediately left up Bayr Bygoad (which you have already driven up when accessing the car park). Follow this road for about 700 metres until you see a track going straight ahead as the road bends to the right. Take this track. You will see a fairly large reservoir below you to the left and a plantation to your right in the near distance. Go past this plantation on your right and continue until you reach a footpath on your right, about 100 metres past the plantation.

This footpath starts with a well-constructed set of steps to take you over the banking. Take this path over a stream and boggy area. Fortunately there is an excellent path constructed of boarding to enable you to cross this ground. Head towards another plantation, the Injaigin Plantation, which you will see ahead of you. Skirt around the plantation (passing to the right of it) until you come to its end and reach a small road.

Injaigin Plantation to End
Injaigin Plantation to End

Start point: 54.2107 lat, -4.4424 long
End point: 54.2043 lat, -4.4364 long

Turn right after you reach end of the plantation along a minor road. This road descends steadily, passing an equestrian centre on your right and eventually reaches the road, close to the starting car park. The car park marking the end of the walk will be just to your right, some 40 metres along the road.

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1 comments for "Baldrine and Groudle"

Fabulous walk, breathtaking scenery from start to finish. Runs at around 11 miles - it took my wife and me approx 3 hours to complete walking fairly leisurely.

By Chiefo43 on 28 May 2018

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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