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Island Voted Top Walking Destination 25 March 2008

The Isle of Man has been named one of Britain’s best walking destinations in the Spring edition of ’Walk’ magazine, published by the Ramblers’ Association. Following a recent reader survey the Island has been voted the third most favourite, jointly with Wales.

Tourism and Leisure Minister Adrian Earnshaw said:

‘This great announcement has come as no surprise to me as walking is ideally suited to what our Island has to offer, boasting spectacular coastal scenery and breathtaking views for everyone to enjoy. This is one of the principal reasons for many people choosing to visit the Island to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of city life.’

In the meantime the Island is gearing up for the fifth annual Walking Festival, to be held from 22nd June - 27th June 2008, and there’s still time for those who wish to sign up for the event.

The Minister went on to say:

‘I am looking forward to welcoming visitors to join us for our Walking Festival again this year. Not only does it give them a taste of our beautiful countryside but also the opportunity to learn about our culture, history and legends. There is so much more to see and do, and I know that one of our most popular excursions is the Peel Ghost Walk. Visitors can also enjoy 10,000 years of history presented by Manx National Heritage under the banner of ‘The Story of Mann’ which links medieval castles and ancient burial sites to a Viking longhouse and the Laxey Wheel - a model of Victorian engineering.’

There is a varied programme of events over the five days with something for everyone. The walks vary from a gentle three or four miles stroll through national glens or riversides up to a complete circuit of the Island’s Coastal Path which involves around 20 miles a day for the duration of the five day event. All walks are led by experienced guides with timings arranged to coincide with bus timetables.

For more information and details of how to book call Travel Services on 01624 661177 or visit the official Walking Festival website www.isleofmanwalking.com

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