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Walking books launched

A popular set of walking books is being re-issued by the Manx Footpaths Conservation Group.

The four books are entitled ‘Manx Hill Walks’, ‘Short Walks Southern Section’, ‘Short Walks Northern Section’ and ‘Holiday Walks in the Isle of Man’.

To mark the occasion of the new publication, a book signing will be held . . . → Read More: Walking books launched

Isle of Man green lanes could be protected under plan

A two-year plan aiming to protect green lanes on the Isle of Man will involve some closures and "improved signage", the Manx government has announced.

An infrastructure spokesman said off-road vehicles and bikes would be banned from some dead-end routes but the closures would not be "large scale".

It follows concerns some of the . . . → Read More: Isle of Man green lanes could be protected under plan

Volunteers work to restore green lane

Thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteers one of the Isle of Man’s popular greenways should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Julian Wood, a memeber of the Green Lane User Group, said the track at Ballacobb which had deteriorated from erosion over the years was now improved . . . → Read More: Volunteers work to restore green lane

Monitor damage but don’t exclude us, say Isle of Man green lane users

DAMAGE to the Isle of Man’s green lanes is often caused by over-use and some sort of extended permit system might even have mileage, according to a spokesman for the Manx Four Wheel Drive Club.

But the answer lies with sympathetic maintenance as well as monitoring the degree of use and perhaps restricting access . . . → Read More: Monitor damage but don’t exclude us, say Isle of Man green lane users

New pressure group’s concern over IOM green lanes

A NEW pressure group hopes to persuade politicians to take positive action to protect the miles of green lanes criss-crossing the Manx countryside from damage by off-road vehicles.

Green Lanes Our Heritage (GLOH) believes the time has come for the government to implement a proper strategy to maintain and conserve the . . . → Read More: New pressure group’s concern over IOM green lanes

Taking on the Manx coastline

AN Essex woman will today (Monday) begin her five-day camping hike around the island’s 98 mile coastline.

22-year-old Kelly Diggle has returned to the island after a stint here last year as a wildlife volunteer, and is tackling the challenging trek to raise money for a 10-week community work trip to . . . → Read More: Taking on the Manx coastline

Access to Manx uplands is back on the agenda

AFTER the wet weather in recent months, Environment Minister Phil Gawne MHK admits a wildfire on the uplands is probably the last thing on people’s minds.

But he said joint initiatives had been agreed between DEFA and the Fire and Rescue Service to offer further protection to the uplands . . . → Read More: Access to Manx uplands is back on the agenda

Parish Walk 2012: Record entry for Isle of Man walk

A record-breaking 1,818 people will take part in the Manx Telecom Parish Walk on the Isle of Man next month.

The list of competitors includes more than 800 people who have entered the 85-mile walk for the first time.

"The numbers reflect a growing interest in race-walking and show a real appetite . . . → Read More: Parish Walk 2012: Record entry for Isle of Man walk

Disturbance of Ground Nesting Birds

The Forestry, Amenity and Lands Directorate would like to remind the public and especially the users of its estate, to watch out for nesting birds and avoid disturbance during the breeding season, which is now upon us. As a guide, this season runs from early April through to late July.

Most bird species found . . . → Read More: Disturbance of Ground Nesting Birds

Keeping close track of green lane conditions

A WINTER of hard graft by volunteers from the island’s Four Wheel Drive club should help to preserve the 70-odd miles of Manx green lanes for future users.

The condition of upland tracks hits the headlines on a fairly regular basis, amid claims that off-road bikes and 4WDs contribute to . . . → Read More: Keeping close track of green lane conditions