From Douglas promenade the path climbs quickly to a vantage point above the bay where you have a good view across the town and harbour. The path then follows a road which was the route of a Victorian electric train track for a while. This is now either traffic free or very quiet and gives a fine introduction to coastal walking.
It is worth stopping a number of times to watch the nesting birds on the cliffs below and look at the flowers growing along the banks.
At Port Soderick the old line stops and you head inland for a short way where the path takes a diversion up Soderick Glen. There are several these Glens to cross on the coastal path and they make a pleasant change to the coast. Often, they have tumbling streams emerging at little bays on the beach and the plant and bird life is different to what you find on the coastal path. The only disadvantage is you usually have to descend all the way to sea level only to climb back up again!
You re-joine the coastal path and the route hugs the cliff tops or on occasions drops onto the down slope of the cliffs.
Due to footpath erosion, a temporary diversion takes you away from the coast but it had the advantage of taking you past Santon Church. The rest of the day was straightforward and the path soon dropped to sea level around the outskirts of Ronaldsway.
On this day you can add on the 'Derbyhaven – Langness peninsula loop’, which is at the end of this days walking just before you reach Castletown. If you choose to do this it would add an extra 4 miles (6.5km) to this days walking.
Upon reaching Castletown there is a short transfer to Port Erin which is your accommodation for the next couple of nights.