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On the Isle of Man, the long days of summer are heaven-sent for leisurely rambles or energetic hikes along the Island’s rugged coastline. Alternatively, you could enter one of the competitive race walks in the annual athletics calendar.

It is said that every type of landscape found in the British Isles can also be found on the Island: layered cliffs, purple mountains, gorse clad valley slopes, sandy beaches and woodland glens. Walkers can enjoy unspoilt coastal and hillside footpaths.

There is a well-worn local saying that from Snaefell, on a clear day, one can see seven kingdoms: Mann, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, and rather more fancifully, Neptune and Heaven.

The Isle of Man has something for everyone, with walks or circular trails that take just a few hours or less, to conquering the 95 miles of coastal footpath - the 'Raad Ny Foillan' (Way of the Gull) - or striving to reach the summit of Snaefell (2036 feet), the highest point of the Island.

The annual Isle of Man Walking Festival features guided walks along some of the region’s most spectacular routes. The festival offers five days of walks located across the Island, which are graded individually to suit walkers of all abilities.

For more information on the Walking Festival, you can download a brochure from the sports and active section of the visitisleofman.com website.

The Manx Telecom Parish Walk is an ultra-distance 85-mile (137k) race, usually held over the weekend nearest to the Northern Summer solstice. The course takes in all of the Island’s parishes in 24 hours, although shorter distance options are also available.

Alternatively, you can take part in the Ramsey Bakery End 2 End Walk - a 39.5 mile (50k) race from the Point of Ayre, the Isle of Man’s most northernly point, to the scenic ‘Sound’ in the south. Where else could you cross the length of the country in a single day?

The event is held along stretches of paved roads that stretch down the stunning west coast of the Island, passing through Bride, Jurby, Peel and Cregneash.

For downloadable maps and guides to some of the Island's best walking routes click here


Past WALKING Events