Glen Helen, Isle of Man

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A tree at the mouth of the glen, planted in 1933 by aviator Amy Johnson.

Glen Helen (Manx: Glion Lammal formerly Glen Rhenass)[1] is situated between the 9th Milestone and 10th Milestone road-side markers on the Snaefell Mountain Course used for the Isle of Man TT Races on the junction of the primary A3 Castletown to Ramsey road in the parish of German in the Isle of Man.

Glen Helen was part of the Highland Course and Four Inch Course used for the Gordon Bennett Trial and Tourist Trophy automobile car races held in the Isle of Man between 1904 and 1922. Also, Glen Helen was part of the course used for 1905 International Motor-Cycle Cup Races held in the Isle of Man. It was also part of the St. John's Short Course used between 1907 and 1910 and part of the Snaefell Mountain Course used since 1911 for the Isle of Man TT Races and 1923 for the Manx Grand Prix.

The glen was created in the 1860s by a consortium of Manx businessmen interested in arboriculture. They laid its paths, carried out extensive planting of trees and ornamental shrubs, constructed river bridges and opened the place to the public in 1867. The attractive name Glen Helen was likely chosen from Greek myth to reflect the beauty of the location.[2]

Today a variety of mature and impressive trees including sequoia, thuja, spruces, Douglas fir, oak, sycamore and beech can be observed. Paths traverse the glen alongside the rivers Neb and Blaber. Three quarters of a mile into the glen you will reach the dramatic Rhenass waterfall.[3]

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  1. ^ Place Names of the Isle of Man by John Kneen MA pp395 (1970) Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh The Scolar Press
  2. ^ [1]Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture
  3. ^ [2]Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture

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Coordinates: 54°13′33″N 4°37′02″W / 54.22583°N 4.61722°W / 54.22583; -4.61722