GUIDED WALKS

We offer half day walks (2-3 hours), short day walks (5 hours) and full day hikes (5-8 hours) at places all over the Isle of Man. We currently offer 18 routes and are adding to those. Have a look at our guided walks page for further details or get in contact if you’d like to organise something special.

To help you choose, we’ve described each walk: where it goes, how long it will take, the grading of the walk and what we’ll see. The calendar shows when the walks are available. If you’d like further guidance, get in contact.

We walk right through the year. Our calendar shows when bookable walks are taking place. If the dates don’t suit you get in touch and we’ll try to organise something specially for you.

We use the same grading as the Ramblers Association:

  • Leisurely – walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. The route will include un-surfaced rural or coastal paths and tracks. Walking boots and suitable clothing are recommended.
  • Moderate – walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. The route will include some steep paths, coastal paths and open country. Walking boots and suitable clothing are essential. Support equipment such as walking poles recommended.
  • Strenuous – walks for experienced country walkers and a very good level of fitness. The route will include some hills, steep coastal paths and rough country. Walking boots, suitable clothing and support equipment such as walking poles are essential.

Each walk description gives details of the distance covered, the height gained and an estimate of how long the guided walk is likely to take.

You’ll find details of the starting point for each guided walk in the walk description. Wherever possible the start points are at or near places which can be reached by public transport and having parking nearby. Please ask for further details on starting points if you are unsure. Most walks are circular walks returning to the starting point, but most of the full day hikes are linear walks where we finish at a location different from the one at which we started.

Use our bookings page to check availability for a guided walk and when availability is confirmed please arrange payment. Advance payment can be sent using the PayPal links and confirming the walk chosen and date. Other forms of advance electronic payment are available on request.

Please ask in advance about bringing dogs. Some of the routes we take do not allow dogs, some may be near livestock and sometimes our other walkers are nervous of dogs. Dogs will have to be on the lead at certain times and always under the owner’s control.

Yes! We’re always pleased to help plan something specially for you. Please use our Contact form to enquire.

BOOKING

Go to the Contact & Bookings page and send us a message to check the availability of the guided walk or course which interests you. Once we’ve confirmed there are places available, use the Bookings page to make advance payment.

For our guided walks there are no minimum age restrictions provided under 18s are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and the participants are fit and able to do the guided walk chosen.

For the Hill Skills course the minimum age is 12. Participants between 12 – 17 must be accompanied by  a parent or legal guardian.

For the NNAS Bronze and Silver Navigator courses there is no minimum age, but all participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

We have no maximum age restrictions!

Depending on the guided walk or course you have chosen, there could be up to 6 or 12 in the group. Apart from the Hill Skills course we do not have minimum numbers for a guided walk booking.

Go-Mann Adventures will ask you to complete a registration form, medical declaration and agreement to participate at the time of booking or in advance of the guided walk or course taking place. This is to ensure that you have been notified of the risks involved with the activity, accept those risks as a participant, are fit and capable of the activity you wish to take part in, have declared any injury or medical condition which might be relevant to your safe participation in the activity and provided Go-Mann Adventures with emergency contact details.

*COVID-19

If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed below or have been in contact with someone who is displaying these symptoms, please declare this and withdraw from the activity:

  • A temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)
  • Or, a new and persistent cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Or, anosmia – this is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked

Instead you should visit https://covid19.gov.im/ and take the online assessment, and/or call 111 for further information.

Follow the link for our Registration form and Medical Declaration

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PREPARATION

HOW DO I PREPARE/WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING/WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

The best way to prepare is to match your preparation to the activity, its grading, duration and likely weather conditions. Be comfortable with the distances and length of time involved in the activity. Be aware of your fitness and any injuries or medical conditions. If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms visit https://covid19.gov.im/ and take the online assessment, and/or call 111 for further information.

If you wish to tackle one of the full day hikes or multi-day walks you should train in advance. Once you’ve enquired about an activity ask if you would like further guidance.

For all walks you must wear sturdy footwear and clothing appropriate to the time of year, weather and the type of ground to be covered. Strong, comfortable walking boots are ideal. Wear layers of clothing which you can add to in the cold or take off in the heat and begin with a ‘base layer’ which is not of cotton; and bring a spare fleece or jumper. Bring waterproof clothing, gloves and something to cover the head. Don’t wear denim jeans as they are uncomfortable and cold when wet. During the time of COVID-19 precautions, bring a scarf, buff or face covering.

Bring some water (and/or a hot drink in a flask) and food and snacks to eat according to the length of your walk. Bring hand-sanitising gel or spray. Walking poles can help on some types of ground.

Some other things you might bring: Rucksack to carry things in, personal first aid kit, gaiters, sunscreen, insect repellent, small mat to sit on, camera, small binoculars, small torch

Above all, bring a sense of fun and adventure!

Every guided walk or course explores a different part of the Manx countryside, so we’ll be on tracks, trails and footpaths, on the coast or over the hills & moorland exploring ancient and modern sites. We’ll make time to look at the birds, plants and animals that are around us on the day. As the seasons change, so will what we see. Tell us about any particular interests you have to help us help you get the best experience. Have a look at our Tripadvisor and Facebook pages for some ideas or Contact us.

Many of our routes are out in the countryside where toilets, cafés, shops and pubs are scarce! Please prepare for the day by carrying everything you need for the duration of the walk or course with you. For some of the routes there may be facilities at the end or beginning of the route and occasionally we are near these during the guided walk itself. Whenever there are public toilets available, we will provide an opportunity to stop. Where possible we end guided walks near a café, pub or shop to give an opportunity to celebrate the day.

Unless the weather causes significant risk to safety, walks and courses will run. Please keep an eye on weather forecasts to ensure you have the right clothing and footwear for the day.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please check with your doctor before taking exercise. If you have medication which you might need to take (e.g. for asthma), please bring it. On the medical declaration please advise us of any ailments or injuries it would be helpful for us to know about.

COVID-19

If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed below or have been in contact with someone who is displaying these symptoms, please declare this and withdraw from the activity:

  • A temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)
  • Or, a new and persistent cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Or, anosmia – this is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked

Instead you should visit https://covid19.gov.im/ and take the online assessment, and/or call 111 for further information.

Each guided walk has a grading which indicates the type of walking you should be comfortable with before booking. For guided walks, no experience is necessary. Our Skills Courses give information about prior experience or skills that would be helpful. If you have any questions, please Contact us.

For each guided walk and course we provide information about the starting point and starting time. It helps all the participants if you arrive in plenty of time but if you are running late please contact Andrew on 07624 480129 to advise. The starting point for most guided walks is on or near public transport routes and there is usually parking nearby. Unless advised otherwise, please meet up with Andrew or look for the Go-Mann Adventures logos or leaflets.

SKILLS COURSES

Go-Mann Adventures is the Isle of Man’s sole provider for:

  • Hill Skills course (Mountain Training)
  • National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Bronze Navigator Award
  • National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) Silver Navigator Award

For further information about these courses look at our Skills Courses page or ask for further information. We can also offer night navigation training, map reading and navigation training and survival skills training.

Read through the course descriptions and then get in Contact with some information about your existing experience and what you would like to achieve. We’ll be happy to advise.

These are practical courses in the outdoors, so for the majority of the time we are out in the Manx countryside. They usually begin with some preparation indoors which may be in Douglas, Laxey, Ramsey, Peel or Port Erin depending on the course, time of year and the clients.

Go to our Bookings page and make an enquiry about availability. We’ll then guide you on how to register for the award with the Governing body, make a booking for the course you want and arrange payment.

In addition to these courses, we offer a wide range of map reading, navigation, route planning, preparation, safety and survival skills training. This is tailored to your needs and interests. Please use the Contact form or send an e-mail for further information.

BESPOKE

PRIVATE BOOKINGS, GROUP BOOKINGS AND SOMETHING SPECIAL

Would you like to get to that place on the Island that you’ve always wanted to go to, but didn’t know how, or want company when you go? Are you planning a ‘grand day out’ for friends and family? Get in Contact and we’ll work with you to make that day extra-special.

We offer bespoke gift vouchers as presents. Let us know what you would like and we’ll prepare that for you.

In addition to the skills courses listed, we offer a wide range of map reading, navigation, route planning, preparation, safety and survival skills training. This is tailored to your needs and interests. Please use the Contact form or send an e-mail for further information.

Absolutely yes! If you have group visiting the Isle of Man (or they live here already) we can tailor tours, walks and holidays just for you. As an Isle of Man Blue Badge Guide Andrew regularly plans, prepares and delivers multi-day tours of the Island as well as introductory ones. These can be walking holidays or general touring or a mix. Please Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Yes! Go-Mann Adventures is the co-organiser of Walk the Isle of Man, the Isle of Man’s main walking event. We organise multi-day walks on the 100-mile Raad ny Foillan and other long distance routes, corporate events, charity fund raising events and support groups preparing for trekking challenges. Hazard analysis, risk assessment and safe event procedures are at the heart of what we do. If you’d like us to help you run an event, or run it for you, please Contact us.

Go-Mann Adventures works with Isle of Man partners who can provide both travel and accommodation options but does not provide those directly. Contact us if you’d like us to help create a package for you.

ABOUT GO-MANN ADVENTURES

Go-Mann Adventures is committed to valuing the natural and cultural heritage of the Isle of Man, increasing awareness and understanding, doing no harm and enabling improvements to the environment.

Go-Mann Adventures is a partner in Biosphere Isle of Man and supports Manx National Heritage’s Biodiversity fund. We work on ‘leave no trace principles’ and request that you ‘leave only footprints and take only photographs and memories’.

As part of this commitment we encourage the use of public transport, minimise the use of single-use materials, maximise the use of reusable and recyclable materials, collect litter where it is safe to do so and encourage a knowledge and respect for the natural and cultural heritage. Part of the fee for every guided walk is donated to Manx National Heritage’s Biodiversity Fund.

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Go-Mann Adventures works hard to ensure that hazards have been identified, risks assessed, emergency plans prepared, and that dynamic risk assessment is ongoing. We share details of the arrangements and support in place to give you an enjoyable guided walk, skills course or tour. These have all been reviewed and revised to take account of Isle of Man COVID-19 “Outdoor Activity & Attraction Guidance”. If you have any concerns, please ask.

Go-Mann Adventures will make every reasonable effort to ensure your safety, but you must accept that walking and other activities in hill land, on the coast and in the countryside and towns has a risk to personal safety and the safety of others. We strongly recommend that you have adequate insurance cover for personal accident and personal liability.

Go-Mann Adventures is fully insured as a Mountain Training and NNAS course provider run by a qualified Hill & Moorland Leader (through Ascend Insurance certificate no 63122). Andrew is also insured as a full member of the Guild of British Tourist Guides (through Axis per Citynet certificate no 7U8670GLA174).

Andrew maintains his Outdoor First Aid certification and refreshes first aid skills through additional training. (Current certification: ITC 16hr Outdoor First Aid Incident Management Certificate no WBVZC943 valid to 20/01/2023).

Andrew holds Enhanced Certification from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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