Leader: Ian Wilson phone:07401 255912
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The next walk will be on Tuesday 14th June, led by Gill - note earlier start time.
DALBY MOUNTAIN, ROUND TABLE AND CRONK NY ARRAY LAA: This is a 6.5 mile walk with great variety, including moorland, dry peat bogs, streams, hills, and valleys with splendid views in all directions as we go along. Meet at 10.30am at the Dalby Mountain Car Park (SC232766). This car park takes about eight cars. However, there is another car park half a mile down the track towards the coast at SC226762. From the main car park, we walk this stretch at the end or from the alternative car park you will have walked it at the start - so there is no difference to the mileage in either case. The paths are all good and there are no stiles of any significance. The ascents are mostly gentle with tholtans to view enroute. There is a fairly steep descent for a short distance off Cronk Ny Array Laa towards the end. If we are lucky with the weather, we will have views of the northern hills, east towards Douglas and the Lake District, west to the Mountains of Mourne and spectacular views of the south. The ascent of Cronk Ny Array Laa will be optional. For those wanting something less demanding at the end of the walk, there is an easy farm track you can follow which will take you back to the cars, in which case your route will be half a mile shorter - but you will miss the tremendous views. From our starting point we cross the main road and make our way down the Bay ny Skeddan footpath in the Glen Rushen valley, through the Creg Ny Crock plantation, observing the old quarries in the distance and keeping South Barrule to our right, eventually reaching the river which we cross and follow the south easterly track on the other side veering away from the river on the way upwards to Round Table. There is a most interesting tholtan to visit on this section of the walk where we will have a coffee stop. From Round Table we walk across the mostly flat moor on a recognisable path to the slopes of Cronk Ny Array Laa for lunch. This involves about 450ft of ascent, but it is gentle, and the view definitely makes the effort worthwhile. This junction is where some people can choose to take the alternative route and avoid the climb. Otherwise, from the top of Cronk Ny Array Laa we take the coastal footpath which is rough and steep in places downhill. You get a real sense of the expanse of moorland from this vantage point. We continue to Eary Cushlin house, now owned by Manx National Heritage, and return to the car park(s).
We will not rush this walk to get the most benefit from being out in the countryside. If time permits, we can visit ancient site of Lag Ny Keilley, a short distance along the coast from Early Cushlin, but this is only available on the full walk down from Cronk Ny Array Laa.
We aim to finish the main walk around 3.00.pm
Whilst numbers are not limited it will be useful for me to know how many to expect at the start so please let me know if you are likely to be coming with us. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone number 07401255912.
One final message is that members or guests on taster sessions participating in walks do so at their own risk and the U3A IOM and walk leaders/organisers can bear no responsibility for accidents. We do not commit to having any qualified First Aider in the group.