Following Way of the Gull

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The Way of the Gull is the title of a 100-mile walk around the coast of the Isle of Man.

This walk, promoted in the 1960s, was recently enjoyed by Nigel Smith, who shared his experiences via an illustrated lecture, with members of Mytholmroyd Methodist Women’s Club, writes Evelyn Graham.

The Isle has its own currency, postage stamps, radio and a good bus service, but the local Manx language is no longer spoken.

Landing near Castletown, Nigel was soon on his way, passing through a limestone area which used to dress the island’s fields.

Otherwise the Isle is granite, which was used to build the steps into St Paul’s Cathedral.

Off the southern tip of the Isle is a tiny island, the Calf of Man.

Many shipwrecks have occurred between the Calf and the main Isle.

The walls around the Isle are built of vertical stones with a covering of earth and known as hedges.

Later, Nigel and his wife Linda took the btram to the top of Snaefell, the Isle’s highest point at 2,036 feet.

Mrs Julie Taylor presided, and Mrs Sylvia Hartley thanked Nigel for his talk.

The club agreed to cancel the June 3 meeting this week out of respect to its former chairman, Gladys Walton, whose funeral was being held that day.