Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
Explore the timeless beauty of the kingdom of the Isle of Man's magnificent coastline and rolling countryside of the interior
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Tour codes: 72307
Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.
The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.
Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.
Encircled by the wild Irish Sea, on the Isle of Man you are amidst sweeping coastlines, gentle rolling hills, leafy valleys and hidden coves. As a walker you'll reach the hidden corners others may miss.
From the highest peak, Snaefell, views extend over the water to the Cumbrian hills of the Lake District, Ireland’s Mountains of Mourne and the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Inland paths lead you through ancient woodland glens where mosses and lichens grow thick on twisted trunks and weathered rocks.
Expect to come across many of the island’s curiosities on the walks. There’s the Laxey Wheel, the world’s largest working water wheel, wild wallabies, four-horned Loaghtan Sheep introduced by the Vikings, horse-drawn trams and the Manx cat.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Independent arrival at the 4 star Mannin Hotel in Douglas. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.
Transfer Time = 30 minutes
In our week we'll explore this island-kingdom's coastline and interior rolling countryside. The Isle of Man, home of the mythical sea god Manannan, and jewel of the Irish Sea is just 32 miles long by 12 miles wide. It is divided from north to south by a ridge of hills, whose highest peak is Snaefell at 621m, and from east to west by a valley running from Peel to Douglas, the island's capital.
We will take the Manx Electric Railway or bus to Fairy Cottage where we start our walk inland over pleasant meadows and down country lanes and tracks. We pass by Lonan Old Church (St Adamnans) and through the delightful Victorian pleasure ground of Groudle Glen back to our hotel in Douglas.
Today we encounter a beautiful cliff top walk around the south west of the island. We start at Port St Mary harbour and follow the Coastal Path (The Road of the Gull) past The Chasms and on to views across the Sound to the Calf of Man. We continue along the cliffs before finally descending into Port Erin.
We start from Glen Maye and follow the Bayr ny Skeddan (Herring Road) at first through forestry plantation and then out into open country with extensive views across attractive pasture and moorland. We ascend to the foot of South Barrule and then make our way to Ballasalla along country lanes and through Silverdale Glen. Perhaps you can catch the steam train back to Douglas.
There will be one free day on this holiday to spend time as you please. You could take the opportunity and ride the Mountain Railway to the summit of Snaefell, possibly stopping at the Laxey Wheel on the return. Or you could take the steam train to Castletown, the old capital of the island and visit the medieval Castle Rushen; one of the most complete castles in the British Isles. You could also take the bus and visit historic Peel with its two cathedrals, St Patricks Isle and Peel Castle.
This is a splendid walk starting on Niarbyl beach and then climbing, at first steeply then more steadily, on cliff paths up on to open moorland offering spectacular views down across the southern part of the island and the Calf of Man.
Our final day's walk is along the Steam Heritage Trail, the former railway line that ran from Douglas to Peel. We leave the trail and visit St Johns to view Tynwald Hill, the site of the first parliament established by Norse settlers. From there a gradual ascent to the shoulder of Slieau Whallian and then down to Glen Maye and its spectacular waterfall. We then follow the undulating cliff top path, past Corrins Tower, before finishing in historic Peel. Alternatively, we could walk the coastal path from Glen Maye and have time to explore Peel in the afternoon.
Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.
Departure dates for your selected tour
4th Sep 2021 - 11th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)
19th Sep 2021 - 26th Sep 2021 (7 Nights)
7th May 2022 - 14th May 2022 (7 Nights)
18th Jun 2022 - 25th Jun 2022 (7 Nights)
23rd Jul 2022 - 30th Jul 2022 (7 Nights)
24th Sep 2022 - 1st Oct 2022 (7 Nights)
Flights or ferry crossings
Because of the wide choice of flights and airlines operating from UK regional airports to the Isle of Man, flights to and from the island’s Ronaldsway airport are not included in the holiday arrangements or charges. Ferry services also operate between Liverpool or Heysham and Douglas. Transfer from the airport or ferry terminal can easily be arranged independently on arrival. Inexpensive local buses operate between the airport and Douglas.
Local transport on the Isle of Man
Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included - we include the cost of a 7 day Explorer ticket covering travel on IOM buses, trains, the Manx Electic Railway and horse trams. The Explorer ticket will be issued to you by your tour leader at the hotel.
Arrival and departure transfers
The hotel is 10 miles from the airport and 1 mile from the ferry terminal. Take a look at the IOM bus timetables for travel between the airport and Douglas.
Buses between the airport and Douglas operate about every 20 minutes and the journey takes about 30 minutes; there is a bus stop about 50 yards from the hotel. The validity of the Explorer ticket included in the holiday price also means that it can also be used to cover the return bus transfer from Douglas to the airport. Taxis are also available.
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The Mannin Hotel is considered a fairly new addition to the Isle of Man, which opened in 2016. The hotel was built on the site of the original Mannin and Broadway hotels, dating back to the 1880s. The hotel has tastefully kept most of the Victorian heritage with the new build, incorporating modern features.
The hotel is a very good quality 4 star hotel. All 54 bedrooms have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, safe, tea & coffee making facilities, iron & board and toiletries. The Liberties Restaurant & Lounge is the venue for your breakfasts and evening meals , where you will enjoy home made food in a beautiful atmosphere.
The Mannin Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the Isle of Man, situated in Douglas, only a short walk to the Manx Museum. The airport is approximately 8 miles from the hotel. If driving to the hotel, there is free parking available on a first come, first served basis.
In previous years we have used a 2 star hotel which has recently closed. Given the popularity of the island during the summer season, we are now using a 4 star hotel and with that a 4 star hotel price. Whilst this does increase the holiday price, we are confident it will provide you with comfort after a day exploring the remote corners of the Isle of Man.
This is a Grade 5 holiday which includes walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.
This is a timelessly beautiful island containing a diverse landscape of rocky cliffs, long sandy beaches, open hill country and streams coursing through quaint beautiful glens cut into colourful hillsides of gorse and heather. We'll venture out to the wider parts of the island with spectacular scenery in all directions and views extending to the Cumbrian hills of the Lake District, Ireland's Mountains of Mourne and the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. We will take in some of the best sections of the 95 miles of the island's coastal path, ascend Snaefell by the mountain railway and walk along part of the Millennium Way. On each day, 7-10 miles of walking is covered with ascents of up to a maximum of about 650m although on several days ascents will be less than this.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Flights to and from the island’s Ronaldsway airport are not included in the holiday arrangements or charges. Carriers such as British Airways and easyJet all fly to the Isle of Man from various airports within the UK.
You can also book a ferry from either Liverpool or Heysham to Douglas through carriers such as Manx Ferries, Steam Packet Ferries and Heysham Ferries.
Transfers: from the airport or ferry terminal can be arranged independently on arrival and are not part of the holiday charge. You can take a taxi from the airport or the ferry terminal to the hotel. Alternatively you can take the number 1 or 2 bus directly outside the airport which provides a regular service and will stop approximately 50 metres from the hotel entrance (Queens Prom). The buses run every 20 minutes during the day and the fare is around £3.00 each way.
You may wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com
Route planning to and from mainland regional airports:
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passport Information for United Kingdom
Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.
Accommodation is on a half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel's restaurant. Picnic lunches are not included but can easily be purchased locally.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Ordnance Survey Landranger map Series
No. 95 Isle of Man (1:50,000)
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for United Kingdom
No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.
Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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