Isle of Man Walks
Date: 9th October 2011
Distance: 3.0 miles
Ascent: 725 feet
Time: 1 hour 15 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SC196692
A short featuring some great coastal scenery on to Bradda Hill, one of five Marilyns on the Isle of Man.
Route Summary: Port Erin - Bradda Glen - Milner Tower - Bradda Hill - Fleshwick Plantation - Bradda East - Port Erin
1. Approaching Bradda Head and the Milner Tower
2. Looking back down at Port Erin
3. The Milner Tower on Bradda Head
4. Looking back towards Bradda Head with Calf of Man in the distance
5. Bradda Hill
6. The top of Bradda Hill
7. Looking back at Bradda Hill
8. Fleshwick Bay and Lhiatee ny Beinnee
Walk Detail: After getting back from a nice morning at Curraughs Wildlife Park with Lisa and Rhiannon I judged it to be now or never if I wanted to bag Bradda Hill, the last of the 5 Marilyns on the island that I had not yet visited.
Knowing it would not take long I girded my loins for what promised to be an exposed walk in windy weather and headed out to Port Erin. Thankfully the wind was not as bad as it could have been and certainly it was not as bad as it was later that evening (I’ve rarely heard wind so loud).
The initial walk to Bradda Head and the impressive Milner Tower was pleasant with nice views over Port Erin Bay and down to The Sound. The next stage of the walk was slightly hairy in places as the path was very close to the cliff edge and the wind was at its strongest here. In some of the more exposed places I felt it prudent to crouch down and run.
The top of the hill had a fine cairn and an excellent view, even in dull lowish cloud, of the coastline northwards with Lhiattee ny Beinnee looking particularly impressive. The descent towards the road was steeper than expected and was quite slippy so it was perhaps a good job I didn’t do this one with Rhiannon in the backpack. I’d love to do this walk again, perhaps as part of what looks a great linear coastal walk from Port Erin to Peel.