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Ballaglass Glen

Type:Glen

Ballaglass Glen

About

Ballaglass Glen is a pretty Manx Glen, north of Laxey which is a favourite for artists and photographers. Carpeted in blue bells in spring and sparkling streams which dance over rocks sculptured over millions of years. Look out for the wooden sculpture of a wise old man known as the 'Wizard of Mann', which is enchanting for visiting children and can be accessed via the triangular path that takes you around the glen. 

Ballaglass Glen was acquired by the then Forestry Board in 1952 and its 6.4 hectares (16 acres) have been managed as a semi-natural woodland since that time. The tree species mix consists of a central core of mature oak with magnificent mature beech on the eastern and southern edges of the glen.

South of the river the woodland is mainly mature larch and pine with an area of natural regeneration of willow, birch and ash around the old mine buildings. The Cornaa river, which has cut a deep channel through rocks of the Manx slate series, runs serpentine through the glen. The rock is grey flagstone formed from sand and mud deposited over 400 million years ago.

Ballaglass Glen once contained an important corn mill, last used in 1951.It was a typical Manx upland mill with threshing facilities and a drying kiln in addition to the grinding machinery. The house found south west of the glen probably belonged to the mill owner. A second mill on the eastern edge of the glen is now derelict. This mill was probably used for threshing and breaking flax to separate the fibres from the waste in order to make linen. Flax was once grown as a crop in the Island for this purpose, but is now only found as a rare weed.

The stone buildings located within the glen were erected by the Great Mona Mining Company which operated from 1854 to 1857 and 1866 to 1867 to mine a mineral vein or lode running north and south crossing beneath the river bed from which lead, zinc and copper were extracted. The mine was short lived but typical of many in the days of speculative mining in the Isle of Man in the 19th century. The walls of the wheel casing, which housed the wheel, used to drain the mine workings, can be seen at the back of the main building.

The glen is very popular with artists and photographers.

Access is by car, bus or electric tram. The glen is managed by the Forestry Amenity and Lands Directorate of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture.

Fancy a longer walk?

Ballaglass Glen and Port Cornaa Walk

Grading: Moderate
Distance: 3 miles

Start: Ballaglass Halt
Finish: Glen Mona

A short but beautiful walk taking you through Ballaglass Glen, one of the most picturesque Victorian Glens on the Island, to the hidden cove of Port Cornaa. You will re-join the Manx Electric Railway at Glen Mona.

Advice and Safety Information

Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. The route will include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots and suitable clothing are essential.

 

 

Off A15, Cornaa, Maughold

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Opening Times

* Open all year round

Map & Directions

Road Directions

For those visiting by car, take the A2 main Laxey to Ramsey road. Turn right down to Maughold village on the Maughold Road then turn right down the road marked Cornaa.  A large car park is provided at the bottom entrance to the glen.

Public Transport Directions

Ballaglass Glen can be accessed via car, bus or by alighting at Ballaglass Station on the electric tram.

By Bus: For further information regarding bus timetables visit www.bus.im

By Tram: It has easy access from the electric tram, which stops at its top entrance. For further information regarding the Electric Tram visit www.iombusandrail.im/heritage

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