Time  4 hours 39 minutes

Coordinates 1727

Uploaded October 10, 2015

Recorded August 2015

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near Port Erin, Port Erin (Isle of Man)

This beautiful, predominantly coastal walk with at times spectacular cliffs and sea views takes you from Port Erin to Calf Sound, on to the Chasms and back inland through heath land via Cregneash Folk Museum. Especially near the Chasms and the Sugarloaf you will find steep unfenced precipices, so guard children in these places. Do not forget your binoculars to observe the fulmars, seals, raven, choughs, kittiwakes and other birds on this walk. Hiking times: Port Erin-Calf Sound 1:20 h; Calf Sound-Chasms 1:15 h; Chasms-Cregneash (detour via public footpath) 0:50 h; Cregneash-Port Erin 0:35 h.
The walk starts on Shore Road in Port Erin directly on the beach, where you will find some parking spaces (maximum stay 15 hours) in front of public toilets. You walk towards Raglan Pier along the road along Port Erin Bay with excellent views of Bradda Head. Just before the end of the road you will find the Coastal Path (Raad ny Foillan), which takes you up and along the cliffs towards Calf Sound. Right at the start there is a cliff with nesting fulmars. Along this path you have excellent views towards Bradda Head on one side, and the Calf of Man on the other side. At Calf Sound, you will find a café, and several memorials (see waypoints), but most notable, a great view of the Calf of Man, Calf Sound with strong currents, and the small islet of Kitterland. On Kitterland and in the waters surrounding it you will see a lot of seals. You continue on Raad ny Foillan towards Spanish Head. Keeping close to the coast you also round Black Head and get your first glimpse of the Sugarloaf on the far side of Bay Stacka: a big sharp rock rising out of the sea with a kittiwake colony. The coast path takes you to the Chasms, where you will find deep fissures in the rocks: be careful here. From the Chasms you walk to a viewpoint above Sugarloaf, and then continue towards Port St Mary. After about 800 m you take a public footpath taking you back to the top of the hill above the Chasms. From here you walk down the asphalt road to Cregneash, a kind of open air museum with traditional crofts. You can walk through the village and have a look at the Manx Loaghtan sheep with the four horns. You can walk around the houses without a ticket, but if you want to go in, there is a fee. There is also a café here. After your visit you continue on to a public footpath taking you back to Port Erin via heath land. The views towards Port Erin and the hills in the background are great.
You will find something to eat and drink in Port Erin, in Cregneash and at Calf Sound.
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Big Lily Disaster Memorial

You will find a memorial here remembering the Big Lily Disaster. See e.g. http://www.7thwave-iom.com/2010/12/28/28th-december-1852-brig-lily-disaster-in-calf-sound/
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Black Head

From Black Head you have a good view towards Sugarloaf and the Chasms
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Calf Sound

Sea strait between the Calf of Man and the Isle of Man. Kitterland is lying within the Calf Sound.
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Coast Path - Raad ny Foillan

Coast Path - Raad ny Foillan goes around the entire island.
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Cregneash Folk Museum

Cregneash Folk Museum is a kind of open air museum with traditional crofts. You can walk through the village and have a look at the Manx Loaghtan sheep with the four horns. You can walk around the houses without a ticket, but if you want to go in, there is a fee.
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Cross

Cross at Calf Sound
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Kitterland

Small rocky island in Calf Sound. You can observe a lot of seals here.
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Lair of Manx Loaghtan sheep

The Manx Loaghtan ram has four horns, and is a typical Manx sheep.
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Public Footpath

Footpath towards the Chasms.
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Public Footpath to Port Erin

This footpath takes you through heath land to Port Erin
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Sir Percy Cowley Memorial

Sir Percy Cowley Memorial
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Spanish Head

Spanish Head
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Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf is a big sharp rock rising out of the sea with a kittiwake colony
Beach

The Beach

Nice sheltered beach in Port Erin with Bradda Head in the background
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The Chasms

You will find deep fissures in the rocks and sheer cliffs. Take care!
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The Raglan Pier

The Raglan Pier in Port Erin Bay
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Viewpoint above Sugarloaf

Viewpoint above Sugarloaf. From here you look down sheer cliffs: watch out. On the other side you look towards Port St Mary

2 comments

  • Photo of Andy Riley

    Andy Riley Jul 15, 2017

    Impressive!!! https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes-outdoor/port-erin-calf-sound-chasms-port-erin-14-km-11049784#wp-11049791/photo-6690702

  • Roy Rivera Aug 5, 2017

    I really love it https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes-outdoor/port-erin-calf-sound-chasms-port-erin-14-km-11049784#wp-11049791/photo-6690702

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