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Manx Flag flying in a stiff wind

Manx Flag flying in a stiff wind

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The Isle of Man Walking Festival is to take place next month.

Celebrating its 10th Birthday this year, it takes place from May 11 to 16 and organisers say it is not just for visitors.

Every day there are at least six walks, catering for all levels of fitness and interests. They include town walks, long mountain and moorland hikes and gentle strolls along disused railway lines.

Participants can explore the glens, the coast, and hidden valleys.

Organisers are also challenging walkers to walk the Raad Ny Foillan (the costal footpath) in five days – a good way to raise money for charity.

Festival director Sue Dennis said: “As all the walks are led by at least two highly informative volunteer guides you cannot possibly get lost.

“The walks have been designed to use our public transport system so you can even leave the car at home.”

The cost is £5 per walk but you will need to provide a packed lunch. It is recommended that you wear walking boots for all the walks except the town walks.

Walks will go ahead regardless of the weather but there may be occasions the guide may change the route.

The festival brochure is available on or from the Welcome Centre. Organisers ask you booked in advance for an idea of numbers. Bookings to

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