Isle of Man Walks
Date: 5th October 2011
Distance: 5.0 miles
Ascent: 830 feet
Time: 2 hours 15 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SC275767
My first walk on the Isle of Man was this short walk on to the excellent viewpoint of South Barrule.
Route Summary: South Barrule Plantation - Corlea Plantation - Bayr ny Skeddan - South Barrule - Barrule Beg - South Barrule Plantation
1. The track through South Barrule Plantation
2. Looking south west along gently sloping fields to Port St Mary
3. South Barrule
4. The magnificently named Cronk Ny Arrey Laa
5. On South Barrule looking toward the southern tip of the island
6. The summit of South Barrule
7. Looking north towards Peel
8. The view north west across Foxdale
Walk Detail: This was my first walk on the Isle of Man. Ideally it would have been a family walk but after the horrific ferry crossing the day before we decided to let Rhiannon have a break in the morning.
This was a simple and pleasant enough walk (though over half was in and around plantations with warning signs everywhere). Despite only being 483m in height South Barrule is by far the highest ground in the south and so the summit itself had a fine view of the southern parts of the island. It was a bright, clear, sunny day so in that respect I could not have asked for more.
During the walk I felt my knee twinge (I’d decided not to wear my knee support) and so that put a a dampner on my mood. It was probably for this reason, and the slightly dull descent, that made me feel strangely dissatisfied with this walk. Or maybe it was because I still felt sick from the day before. I would do the walk again though and I reckon that South Barrule would be a cracking place to watch the sun go down.