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Silverdale Glen and Castletown Stroll

Type:Walking Route

Silverdale and Castletown Walk


Distance: Yellow Route 1.4 miles, Red Route 2.5 miles

Grading: Leisurely 

Terrain: Mixed - grass, glens, surfaced 

Discover the hidden south of the island as you follow the short riverside walk from a quaint Victorian glen to the ruins of a Cistercian abbey then all the way down the river to Castletown, the island's ancient capital. This is a wonderful family walk.

For the yellow route, begin your walk at Rushen Abbey where you can experience Monkey Business or discover the ruins and tranquil gardens.

From the Abbey, follow the Silverburn river north to the Monk's Bridge, which was built by the Abbey's monks in 1350 and is believed to be one of the best examples of a medieval bridge in the British Isles.

From here, continue along the Silverburn until you reach Silverdale Glen, which has long been a popular location for families to enjoy. Nowadays, you can find a café, restaurant, water wheel and boating lake together with a children's playground including a unique and magnificent Victorian water-powered roundabout which is the last of its kind in the British Isles and Europe. To the north of the park, there is also a large grassy paddock which allows space for games and picnicking.

For the longer red route, begin your walk at Silverdale and follow the Silverburn down past the Monks Bridge and Rushen Abbey through the glens and woodlands until you reach Pouslom Park beside Castletown Railway Station. You will find another children's park and large playing field here to enjoy. 

Alternatively, follow the river onto the historic town of Castletown with its picturesque harbour, many Manx National Heritage sites including the great medieval Castle Rushen, Nautical Museum and choice of eateries in the town. Return back to Silverdale Glen car park by following the river back to the starting location or catch one of the many bus services to Silverdale Glen.

Advice and Safety Information

Some areas of the glen may be muddy. Care must be taken whilst walking along certain parts of the footpaths along route, as uneven terrain is a common feature. Whilst walking along the footpaths, please be farm aware, and keep your dog on a lead when near livestock.

Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. The route will included some unsurfaced rural paths and tracks. Walking boots and suitable clothing are recommended.



  • Distance: 1-5 Miles
  • Grade: Easy/ Leisurely


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Leisure Facilities

  • Shop

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Provider Facilities

  • Dog Friendly
  • Group Friendly

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Activity

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
Silverdale Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3DT

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Take the A5 road from Douglas to Castletown. For short route, park in Rushen Abbey car park. For long route, park at Silverdale Glen. 

Public Transport Directions

By Rail: Alight at Ballasalla Station, Rushen Abbey and Silverdale are signposed from the station.

By Bus: Services 1, 1A, 2, 10, 11, 11A, 12 and 12A connect Douglas to Ballasalla. Services 8 and 8A connect Ballasalla with Port Erin, Foxdale and Peel (limited service).

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