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The Chasms

This unique rock formation has become a popular walking trail.  


The Chasms near Cregneash village are a perfect example of a natural geological phenomenon known as fissures, a crack in the rocky cliff side along which there is a distinct separation. The fissures are quite large in certain places creating deep caverns and varying ground level heights, a trek that does require hiking boots. Some of the fissures have formed large crevices in the rock that has created a scenic and popular walking area along the coast in this part of the Isle of Man.

The Chasms walk follows an old stone wall from the car parking area down to the old abandoned Chasms Café, which is situated just at the gate of the Chasms. The Chasms is mostly a rocky area composed of sandstone, but also a mix of floral plants and grasses.

At the site, there are spectacular views of the Isle of Man coastline and the Irish Sea. There are other coastal walks in the vicinity such as Spanish Head, which is adjacent to the Chasms and heads towards the southwest corner of the Isle of Man.

Know Before You Go

Once you get to the Isle of Man head towards the southwest tip of the island. Once you pass the seaside town of Port St Mary, you will come across the little hamlet of Cregneash, where there is a tea room From there, you have to follow a single gravel dirt track south where it eventually opens up into a small car park. From here, follow the walking trail down to the Old Chasms Café building where the entrance to the Chasms is located.

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