Port Erin and Cregneash is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Port Erin, Rushen, Isle of Man that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

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HikingNature tripsWalkingRunningBeachViewsWildlifeNo shadeNo dogs
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Dogs are NOT allowed on this walk due to Manx Authority regulation. This is a circular walk from Port Erin on the Isle of Man passing close to steep coastal cliffs, and follows up with an inland route through the historic village of Cregneash. This walk is one of the most pleasant on the island. It is a fairly challenging coastal walk with several steep climbs and descents. There are amazing views toward the beginning of the route, illuminating how the walk passes over several hills, from a sea level start and back to sea level part way through. The views throughout are spectacular. The initial direction is towards the Calf of Man, a separate small island. The footpath stays close to the coast where the views down the cliffs and out to sea are beautiful. Look out for the many seals which live in the area and spend resting time on the rocky island shore. The route continues out along the Spanish Head to the most southerly tip of the main island, again with excellent views, where Castletown, Port St Mary and the island of Langness come into view. The walk then passes The Chasms, steep fissures in rocks that go down some distance (definitely not an area to take pets or young children). After the Chasms the route turns inland to the heritage village of Cregneash, where some of the buildings and past ways of life are preserved. There are several village houses on display and look out for the unusual Lochlan sheep in the area. In spring you may catch a glimpse of the fields being ploughed by powerful workhorses. Finally, the route descends back to the quay at Port Erin. There are several steep climbs and descents and the total height climbed over the course of the walk is 1530ft. There are a few stiles on the way, but all are easily crossed. As noted above, there is a Manx Authority regulation that dogs are NOT allowed on this walk. Allow 3 hours for the walk.

Nowhere is far from anywhere in the Isle of Man. Port Erin is the start and is found at the south west of the Island. If you are coming by car, there is one main road there from the capital, Douglas, one main road from Peel, and one from Castletown (the nearest town). Car parking is free, plentiful and on the quay at the start. Bus transport is good and there is even a steam train from Douglas during the holiday season. Times are available from the ManxTourist Board offices, from the Tourist Board website or from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal in Douglas.

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Saskia Caley
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J Waterman
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Hiking

I did the short hike from Port Erin to the Calf of Man. Beautiful clear day, lots of wind, Heath and sheep. Don’t wear shorts because of the Gorse shrub, with its sharpe needle like leaves, is everywhere.

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Nick Bolton
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No dogs allowed.

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Dave Cain
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Malcolm Simmonds
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Fantastic walk. Full of interest, fantastic views. Several watering holes on the way.