A Laxey Loop

Today (Thursday) was one of those beautifully crisp, dry and sunny winter days with hardly a breath of wind.  My walking partner suggested we take advantage of the weather and have a good morning's walk and lunch out before my enforced period of rest starts next Monday.

I drove us to Laxey, a few miles south down the coast, and we parked at Ham and Egg Terrace, opposite the tram station.  The terrace was given that nickname back when the residents of the terrace of little cottages used to sell food and beverages from their front rooms.

We walked uphill, past the Great Laxey Wheel and the salmon farm to the tiny village of Agneash.  We could see across the valley to the Snaefell Mountain Railway track  leading up to the mountain road and on up the Peak at Snaefell.

We nimbly hopped over a stile and continued up over a couple of fields,   very boggy after the wet winter we have had so far. 

At the top we paused by the disused mine building to catch our breath and take in the view.



As we descended back towards Laxey we stopped to visit the Megalithic tomb known as King Orry's Grave. However, as the tomb predates the arrival of the Vikings by a century or two, it is  unlikely to be his bones resting there.



Lunch was a very tasty fish chowder at the Ballacregga Corn Mill cafe.  A very pleasant interlude with a very pleasant companion.

Now back home for a hot shower and a cup of tea.

Whilst I was out walking, P met a friend for a run over the fells.  He said it was freezing up there so we had been lucky with our walk lower down.  He took this photo from the top....brrr...







28 comments:

  1. P takes amazing pictures. I remember seeing the Laxey wheel when Julia Bradbury filmed a walk of hers there.

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    1. The wheel is an iconic feature of the island and is currently undergoing some remedial work. The poor old lady is getting on a bit now!

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  2. You've been there before. Don't imagine that we forget.

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    1. Ah but that previous one was the Glen Roy loop. This one was the Agneash loop. Opposite end of town.

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  3. A lovely way to spend such a glorious day. So glad you could get out and about before you have to take it easy from next Monday.
    I'm ashamed to confess that I know very little about the Isle of Man, apart from Manx cats, the Laxey wheel and photos I've seen of Douglas. Your blog and photos have given me a much better idea of the island.

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    1. Perhaps I should ask for a commission from the Tourism Department?

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  4. It has been a good day here too but a brisk wind too so too windy for my walk - soon back indoors.

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    1. We were lucky enough to have a very light wind for our walk, however, P said that higher up on the fells it was very different with strong, freezing winds.

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  5. Looks like a terrific walk. The only things I know about the Isle of Man are the things you have told me about and shown me photos of. It looks like a fabulous hike and I am glad the weather was good. Hope all goes well on Monday! Sending healing wishes your way, JayCee!

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  6. Sounds lovely and super views. Your lunch does sound like a nice well-deserved treat!

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    1. It was a treat, Chris. P had an old crust of bread with cheese or so he said!

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  7. You got me at the stile….so I decided to do your walk courtesy of your descriptions and photos. Had a great time roaming around the IoM countryside, all while sitting in the cool beside the fan. No cold weather here just hot humid thundery still no rain tho’

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    1. Perhaps my nimble hop over the stile was an exaggeration. It was more of an ungainly stumble.

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  8. Nimbly hopping over styles? Dancing tippy toe across the bog then? If that's the result of one op on your leg, you'll by flying by the time the next one heals.

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    1. I lied about the nimble bit. The boggy bits were negotiated with aid of a stick, but I still managed the steep climb with only one view stop.

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  9. How my late Dad would have loved your blog!
    A proud Manx man who lived in Rencell from 1916 till 1939 when he joined the British army. He never lived on the IOM again although he returned to see his parents often until they died in 1960. He often talked about Ham and Egg terrace.
    Was the mine Glen Roy by chance ? Many generations of his family (Kewley & Richards) worked there.

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    1. How wonderful to have that family history. I think it would have been a very hard life back then, working in the mines.
      The one we passed on our walk would have been the Agneash shaft, to the north. Glen Roy is further south. There are many mine shafts dotted about, a reminder of the island's social history.

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  10. What a lovely day you had JayCee. It is so invigorating to be out in Nature, rather than sitting at home watching "Loose Women". So you nimbly hopped over a stile did you? Don't you mean that you grunted laboriously over a stile, huffing and puffing like two Nora Battys?

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  11. What a lovely walk. My husband and his brother were taken there on family holidays (being of Manx blood), so I'm sure he would recognize some of your photos.

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    1. Perhaps he should come back for another visit sometime? He could retrace his forbears' steps.

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  12. How I envy your walks and the spectacular views! As for P's runs, well, I envy his views, but not the running part!

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    1. Don't blame you there, Bob. Running has bever appealed to me.

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  13. Sounds like the perfect walking weather and walk looks so interesting. You didn't say how many miles/kilometres you walked; do you not know or just don't track it? I'm a bit anal in that regard and just have to know!
    xxx

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    1. I think it was only around 4 miles but up and down some steep bits. Took an hour and a half.

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