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Silverdale Glen




Further south of Douglas is this extremely popular rendezvous for all the family with a childrens playground (including a unique Victorian water-powered roundabout), boating lake and cafe. Access to the glen and toilets for the disabled are available.

There is a series of marked walks centred on the Silverburn river. These river walks illustrate the importance of the water power of the Silverburn in times gone by as they pass the weir and watercourses of the Silverdale Mill. Further downstream is the old Ochre and Umber Mill. This mill is now a private house but its dam is preserved in the lower section of Silverdale Glen.

Further downstream is the 14th century Monk's Bridge and historic site of Rushen Abbey.

Access is by car, bus or on foot from Ballasalla steam railway station. Much of the glen and complex has wheelchair access. For further information see the related link on this page.

Silverdale Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3DS

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Opening Times

* Open all year round

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Ballasalla, take a right at the roundabout at the Whitestone pub and then a right at the second roundabout onto the A26. Follow this road until you come to a sign for Silverdale Glen and make a right. Follow the Silverdale road to the glen

Public Transport Directions

Silverdale Glen can be accessed via bus and car.

By Bus: For further information regarding bus timetables visit

Ballasalla is a short ten minute walk from Silverdale. Here you will find the main bus route serving the north and south of the Island, the service is frequent, arriving every twenty minutes.

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