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Walking & Hiking in the Isle of Man

With incredible countryside and rugged coastline the Isle of Man is a walker's paradise with events for newcomers and more experienced walkers alike to enjoy during a holiday.

Dozens of footpaths criss-cross the Manx countryside, covering the hills and valleys for you to explore on your visit. Some, like the "Way of the Herring" are clearly marked out and very popular, covering stretches of coastline. Others are less well-known and will reward you for seeking them out with great views far off the beaten track during your trip.

If you want something a little more challenging during your trip, the Island has you covered for that as well. The annual Manx Telecom Parish Walk is a very challenging 85 mile walk through the Isle of Man's 17 Parishes. With times of under 15 hours appearing in the last few years, even the world’s elite walkers will be pushed to finish at the top. In a similar theme, later in the year there is the Ramsey Bakery End to End Walk.

Covering almost 40 miles from the Point of Ayre to the finish line at the Sound this is another highly challenging course with regular fast times and lots of altitude change. If you are racing you will certainly need the right equipment. If you didn't quite have the space to bring everything in your bags there are several shops you can visit to get the correct foot and race-wear, including Up and Running, based in Douglas.