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Ballacorris
SC308743 (1*) Irish Bridge
Sent in by Andrew Bargery (13/05/2004)

'Formally a ford on a cart-track, the irish bridge was constructed about 10 years ago when the track was asphalted. Still shown as a "white" on the OS map.'





Ballacottier
SC250782 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Nicholas Woollett (12/08/2003)

'This is a tiny watersplash at the end of the yellow road going down Glen Mooar into Glenmaye. Barely a cars length long it nevertheless had water in it and has a nice smooth surface.'





Ballacowin
SC410850 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Nicholas Woollett (12/08/2003)

'Situated on an incredibly twisty road this a typical Manx ford sited on a sweeping hairpin bend about two cars long with hard concrete surface and a covering of flowing water.'





Ballagyr
SC266846 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Andrew Bargery (13/05/2004)

'Ballagyr is usually only a few feet across. The ford has a concrete bottom, together with a small concrete slab footpath and the usual "ford"/"try your brakes" signs.'







Ballasalla
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(14/08/2002)

This well used ford lies just above the tidal reach of the Silver Burn and at the foot of the Silverdale Glen. It occupies a popular tourist spot due to the close proximity of Rushen Abbey. The ford itself is a joy and lasts for around 4-5 car lengths keeping a moderate and even depth across the its concrete base.





Churchtown
SC416946 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Nicholas Woollett (12/08/2003)

'This is a superb ford about half a mile off the TT course and and has a hard surface about 2/3 cars length. Care needs to be taken to avoid the ducks who did not wish to give way to our car !!. Coming from the south the road is as per map and turns very sharp right at the end of the ford. Interestingly I found a second ford marked at 423947 on an old seventh series 1" to 1 mile OS map but this now appears as "Weir" on my 1: 50.000 editions.'





Druidale
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Sent in by Andrew Bargery (13/05/2004)

'Druidale Splash (also known as Montpelier Ford) - probably the most famous ford on the Isle of Man. Situated in the middle of moorland, the approach was tricky but fast. It was a well-known feature on numerous car and scooter rallies. Sadly turned into an irish bridge about 20 years ago and rarely wet these days.'







Glen Mona
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Sent in by Nicholas Woollett (12/08/2003)

'The ford itself is not very interesting but the signpost is misleading (I don't think the ford is the ancient monument). The road to the beach divides at the entrance from the east making a multi point turn if you want to come back to it and go the other way !!. The exit ramp on the west side is smooth but acute so drivers with lowish spoilers need to exercise care.'





Glen Mooar
SC304893 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Nicholas Woollett (12/08/2003)

'This is a delightful little ford on a tiny obscure road leading to the beach.'





Gleneedle
SC268791 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Nicholas Woollett (12/08/2003)

'We visited this ford on our first day July 30th when it was visibly wet. As it was on an S bend at the end of long downhill section, I planned to photograph the action on the Friday evening when the cars were due through. We duly went there to find the road, stream and ford completely dry so we watched further up the hill!'





Glenmooar
SC276822 (3*) Suitable for All
(14/08/2002)

Another ford ideally placed on the Isle of Man tourist trail due to its location near the historic Tynwald Hill in St Johns. The ford is a fast flowing affair with steep entrances at either side, a small weir downstream and a 10mph speed limit! Overall, a good quality concrete bottomed ford of around 2 car lengths.







Little London
SC321861 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Nicholas Woollett (12/08/2003)

'This a bit confusing but I think there were two fords here seperated by about fifty yards. The first picture shows a rough ford with steep banks only suitable for 4 x 4 and farm machinery, extreme care being needed in wet conditions. The second (western) ford was more shallow and has now been built over and culverted with large pipes in 2002 judging by a date mark in the concrete. Having said all that the ford leads into a farm track which I think has footpath status so vehicular access through the ford is presumably not allowed.'





Oakhill
SC353742 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Andrew Bargery (08/08/2006)

'Not a particular exciting ford. The map shows it as a byway, although signs locally label it a footpath. Vehicle access is only from the North East. The track is OK, but the approach to the ford is quite steep and so not advisable in apart from in a 4x4 as you have to return the same way. The water is about 20cm deep (it's be partially dammed) and 3 metres wide.'

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Ramsey Whitebridge Ford
SC441950 (4*) Tidal
Sent in by Andrew Bargery (01/04/2004)

'A monster of a ford that is no longer shown on maps and signs warn of it's impassibility! (Image 1) About 5 car-lengths wide, the ford varies in depth as the river here is still tidal. Typically, the deepest parts are about 2 foot deep. It is quite deceptive as it doesn't look that deep from the sides and has smooth gravel entry slips, but the bottom is stoney and unsurfaced and so drops away in places. We managed to get through it in a completely standard Peugeot 206 - but it was a VERY close thing. 4x4 recommended - and even then treat with respect - particularly at high tide!'





Sulby
SC387942 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Andrew Bargery (01/04/2004)

'A pleasant little ford at the North end of the Sulby Claddagh camping ground. About 30m off the B8. Technically a footpath, there is no problem driving through it. Concrete bottomed and only about 5-10cm deep - about a car-length width. The path is a very smooth gravel track used for access to nearby houses. However, the ford is probably used infrequently as it can be bypassed using a small bridge a few metres upstream.'









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