2.3 of 5 (3 votes)

Kirk Michael to St John's

A moderate walk (countryside) starting and finishing in , , about 12.00km (7.46 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 50m (164ft)
Descent 47m (154ft)
Max. Elevation 80m (262ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 97m (318ft)
Kirk Michael
Distance 12.00km
Duration ~3:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
2Created by mac.hawk on 15 Feb 2015
A gentle amble along the disused railway line. Visits Kirk Michael (stone crosses) lovely Glen Mooar (with derelict chapel & wonderful waterfall) & St John's (Tynwald Hill & the fabulous arboretum). The walk's about 9 miles excluding what you wander in the arboretum. Buses No 5 & 6 hourly to/from Kirk Michael & St John's from Douglas/Peel/Ramsey. St John's has half hourly service to Douglas/Peel.

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Alight the bus at the stop adjacent the Methodist Church (both directions). A visit to the Parish Church a little further north reveals several Celtic\Christian crosses displayed inside the church.
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Go back up the road and immediately beyond the IOM Bank turn right down Station Road for about 200 yards. You will meet the old railway line by the old station building. Turn left along the old track.
About 0.09 km (~0.06 miles) from
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Follow the bed of the former railway line to soon descend into Glen Wyllin (and the campsite).
About 0.17 km (~0.11 miles) from
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Don't turn right to follow the coastal path instead rise the steps ahead to rejoin the railway bed to shortly reach and cross the A4 road.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
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After crossing the A4 road continue along the track bed to reach Glen Mooar. Here you need to descend the valley, cross the stream via the fotrbridge before rising to rejoin the rail track.
About 0.71 km (~0.44 miles) from
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However, after crossing the stream, detour left uphill along a wide path to pass a derelict Keeill then descend to view Spooyt Vane waterfall. Retrace steps back to the footbridge.
About 0.77 km (~0.48 miles) from
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Rejoin the rail track and follow for 1 mile to re-cross the A4 and contine along a section of Raad Ny Foillan.
About 1.63 km (~1.01 miles) from
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After 2 1/4 miles reach another of the old (converted) railway stations (St Germains) & the A4 road again. Directly cross the road and continue along the disused line.
About 3.47 km (~2.16 miles) from
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After 1 3/4 miles the track passes the A20 road.
About 2.29 km (~1.42 miles) from
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And after another 3/4 mile track crosses the A1 road shortly after which it joins the former track from Peel to St Johns.
About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
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Upon reaching the road in St John's turn left to reach the main road junction where pub, cafe, convenience store, toilets, church & buses are available. The arboretum is beyond Tynwald Hill.
About 0.97 km (~0.6 miles) from

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