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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Enjoy cliff top walking, quaint seaside villages, high peaks and sandy beaches following the best of the Raad ny Foillan or Way of the Gull. Enjoy spectacular sections including Port St Mary to Port Erin. Visit Castletown and Peel and enjoy dramatic cliff coastal scenery. Optional trip up the highest mountain Snaefell either by foot or train.
Ascot Hotel, Douglas - 7nts
The Ascot Hotel is a warm, friendly and contemporary hotel which enjoys a fantastic location just 100 yards off Douglas Sea Front and Promenade.
All hotel rooms feature: en-suite with overhead shower, most with spa bath, writing desk and chair, hospitality tray, remote control Flat Screen TV, complimentary fast speed WIFI, iron & ironing board, in-room safes, hairdryer, free tea & coffee machine for all guests in the restaurant.
Check-in is available from 1500
Day 1: Arrival Day
Check in at the hotel is available from 1500 hours and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal for a welcome meeting.
Day 2: Maughold Head to Laxey
Today we take The Manx Electric Railway to Port Lewaigue. The coastline is outstanding as we walk above the sea cliffs to Maughold Head. On a clear day you can see the hills of Scotland and the Lake District. Stopping at Maughold Parish church with reminders of the island’s Celtic and Viking past, we can see a fantastic collection of 7th century Manx cross slabs. Views of Snaefell open up as footpaths and quiet country lanes lead us towards our destination of Laxey and home to the largest working water wheel and our train journey home. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,550 feet (460m) of ascent.
Day 3: To ancient Castletown
This section of the coast path skirts around coves and follows beaches to end at Castletown, the old capital of the Isle of Man with winding narrow streets, medieval castle and harbour. Taking in Santon Head, Port Soldrick and passing the airport we head to Derby Haven, once the islands chief fishing port before we explore the peninsula of Llangness with its rocks and caves and St Michael’s island; a small grassy appendage with Derby fort and ruins of St Michael’s chapel. 10.5 miles (16.5km) with around 800 feet (240m) of ascent.
Day 4: Port St Mary to Port Erin
We leave Port St Mary with it pretty harbour, once home to herring fishing boats and climb through patchwork pastureland with great views ahead and behind. We pass The Anvil and Sugar Loaf and The Chasms with breathtaking scenery unfolding as we head towards the Calf of Man and Spanish Head, the most southerly point on the Raad ny Foillan. Dropping down into Calf Sound we continue on the undulating coastal path with views of Braddha Head and Port Erin in sight. Port Erin had its heyday in Victorian times as a holiday destination and has a picturesque bay and refreshments and shops. 8 miles (13km) with around 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.
Day 5: Free day
Today no walks are organised allowing you to explore on your own. However there is an option to walk or take the mountain railway to the top of Snaefell.
Day 6: West Coast to Niarbyl
From Fleshwick Bay we will have a couple of significant climbs today but the dramatic coastal cliff scenery should make it worth every step. Cronk ny Arrey Laa with its prehistoric burial mound on top and Millennium Cross is the highest point on the Raad ny Foillan at 1,434 feet above sea level. We are heading for Niarbyl Bay with its pretty thatched cottage used in various film sets including Waking Ned and it has a welcome cafe. 7 miles (11 km) with around 2,500 feet (750m) of ascent and descent.
Day 7: Kirk Michael to Peel
From Kirk Michael we have a very different day but equally interesting and enjoyable. We follow the beach and an old railway line through cuttings and over bridges along part of the coast frequented by birds and butterflies. We have a little road walking, to reach Peel with its castle and harbour dominating the town and time to enjoy our final day here with some sightseeing. 8.5 miles (13.5km) with 700 feet (200m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure Day
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather, tides and other external factors.
Flying is the quickest and, for many, the most convenient way to reach the Isle of Man. Flights operate from airports all over the British Isles - see www.easyjet.com, www.ba.com, or www.flybe.com for timetables, fares and bookings.
The 9 mile journey from the airport to the Ascot Hotel can be made by taxi or bus. Bus No 1 or No 2 stops 50 metres from the hotel at the Queens Promenade. Buses run approx every 20 mins and cost around £2.70. See Isle of Man buses for timetables.
All passengers aged 16 and over are required to provide photographic ID at the check-in desk and at the departure gate.
Choose between the conventional ferry, the Ben-my-Chree, which operates all year from Birkenhead, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast or the fast craft, Manannan, which runs between March and November from Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast.
All ferries are operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
The Ascot Hotel is around 1 mile from the ferry terminal. There is a taxi rank outside the terminal, or frequent buses along the promenade.
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- 7 nights’ full board en-suite accommodation
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trails leader
- All transport on walking days
Prices are per person
- Single room: £175 (complete holiday)
- Non member associate fee: £10 per person
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.