Walks Blog – Feb 2018

Run Off Rain Again …!
Thanks to Phil Crean Photography for these pics, taken at the main beach in Playa de San Juan. Very little rain in the town itself so far …
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/mA5FkH , 28th February, 2018

 

 

 


Default Setting Resumed …!

After the deluge … situation normal returns to the beaches at Playa de San Juan …!   
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/aWAq2D , 26th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (88) El Retamar-Degollada del Roque-El Molledo Circular (Santiago del Teide)
This is a moderate half-day walk that purposively takes a roundabout route between the little villages of El Retamar and El Molledo in order to maximise the variety and impact of the many stunning views that are available. It is a very good introduction to walking in the Tamaimo valley of the Santiago del Teide municipality …  

*Please do not consider undertaking any of our walks when there is bad weather forecast – CHECK OUT OUR “WALK SAFELY!” PAGE*
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/sn5uNd , 26th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rain in Spain …!
Only about 10 mm of rain was recorded at the South Airport here in Tenerife in the last 9 months (that’s 2 teaspoonfuls!). This afternoon, between 3pm and 4pm, more than 35 mm of rain cascaded from the sky in one hour at the airport, causing a temporary closure of the runway and incoming flight diversions to neighbouring islands. To put things in perspective, 35 mm was the most rain I ever recorded on my weather station back in (rainy) Scotland over a whole 24 hour period … ! 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6pQABq , 25th February, 2018

 

The Two Sides to Nature’s Bounty …!
The island is suffering high winds, serious rainfall, flooding, closed and damaged roads and snow (on high ground) today. Both north and south airports were temporarily closed earlier and the only walking we’ve done is 10 minutes around the block between downpours! Now seems like a good time to remind myself of the beauty of nature and yesterday’s perfect walking weather … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/RYAEcH , 25th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands Across the Sea …
High up on Degollada del Roque in the Teno mountains, La Gomera seemed within touching distance today …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/PF2cEJ , 24th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 Shades of Green …!
Walking El Retamar-El Molledo today – the day between the storms – it was, at last, fresh green, green, green all the way. So beautiful …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/dphSt7 , 24th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (87) Los Cristianos-Mesas de Guaza Circular (Arona)
Walking on the coastal plain and cliff-tops under Montaña Guaza provides many attractive views – especially of the Los Cristianos bay and harbour, a bird’s eye perspective on Palm Mar, and over the sea to La Gomera … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/vnnHGX , 23rd February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almond Blossom Trail  Time …!
Now’s the perfect time to see the almond blossom in flower near Santiago del Teide. For my Tenerife friends who are interested, you could follow our walk in the link below. Or, do the first 400 metres from the village if you don’t fancy the full 7 kilometres and 300 metre climb. There are some real beauties in that small area …   http://goo.gl/uYFXBi
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/e1yowo , 21st February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Fair Weather …
We’re fair-weather walkers, for now, so our plans for a hike in the high hills were scuppered today by gathering clouds. So, we headed for one of the sunniest spots on the island at Los Cristianos and yomped up, down, and around the cliff-top area of old agricultural terraces and stone quarries between Montaña Guaza and the sea. Happily, the sunshine held out for most of the walk, while all around us the skies got darker and darker … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/AgsLac , 20th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plain And Simple … Not …!
Back in the tourist zone today, walking Llano de Montaña Guaza from Los Cristianos to above Palm Mar and back. The name means “The Plain of Guaza Mountain” so I expected a nice easy flat one. I was wrong …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/QnEEce , 20th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (86) El Roque-Monte Cho Pancho Circular (San Miguel)
Leaving the village of El Roque, the route soon takes an old stony camino uphill, amongst many productive farm terraces where potatoes, onions and vines are grown. The downhill views are dominated by the impressive volcanic mass of Roque de Jama. The recreational area at Monte Cho Pancho is set on a delightful pine-forested hillside, and is a great spot for a mid-hike picnic. There are various informative interpretation boards on the descent … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/LQh12f , 17th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand Made By Humans …
Some examples of human construction – buildings, paths, walls and terraces, old and not so old, that we encountered on yesterday’s hike to the Monte Cho Pancho recreational area … in the border territory between San Miguel, Arona, and Vilaflor. Cereals, legumes and prickly pear cacti used to be the main crops, but it’s very much potato and grape growing country these days, as we discovered … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/qb5tkH , 15th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Monte Cho Pancho …
El Roque to Monte Cho Pancho circular today. A very long one, a very steep one, but a very good one …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/8MJidN , 14th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (85) Mirador Narices del Teide-El Cedro Circular (National Park)
On this moderately strenuous walk, from a height of around 2000 metres, the views of Teide and Pico Viejo are definitely in the “Wow, Spectacular” category! In fact, throughout the route there is an ever-changing panorama of stunning views of the unique and striking National Park landscape … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/H1W86a , 13th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up, Up and Away …!
Up in Teide National Park and such a great walk in clean, cool, fresh air near Montaña el Cedro this afternoon. So many worlds away from the tourist city I spent my morning in. Both have their place, of course, but there’s no doubting the one I prefer …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/2VQubY , 11th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solidarity with Scotland …!
Snow and ice. Just like home … 
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/J3kTdW , 11th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serendipity …!
Our planned walking route around Montaña Chinyero was immersed in thick cloud, so we carried on driving, up to the Teide National Park where the sun shone from a clear blue sky and the “sea of clouds” was below us. These photos are some of my favourites from today – following the progress of our walk from start to finish … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6tdszB , 11th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (84) Tejina de Isora-La Colateja Circular (Guia de Isora)
This short walk is a gentle introduction to hiking in the Guia de Isora area. There are great views of Montaña Tejina, with its little eye-catching white chapel on the summit, and over the west coast to the Teno mountains in one direction, with the twin towers of the Hard Rock Hotel particularly catching the eye in the other … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/fSdeyk , 8th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number One … The World …!
Plan B was a circular route starting and ending in Tejina de Isora and passing through tiny La Colateja. Which, the neighbours there told us, is the best place in the world to live …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/53JDo3 , 7th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Anxiety …
Our planned walk today was Vera de Erques to Tijoco Alto. We turned back – the path was good but somehow, today, for me, the steep and deep barranco Vera de Erques was just a little too breathtaking …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/oR7cSw , 7th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

High and Mighty …!
All eyes are drawn to Pico Viejo and Teide … taken this morning on a stroll around Playa San Juan … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/nwhfnR , 5th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (83) Tamaimo-Puerto Santiago Linear (Santiago del Teide)
This is a relatively easy, mostly downhill, walk taking in two very different sets of surroundings – rural countryside and seaside holiday resorts. Initially, there are marvellous open views down to the coast and of the surrounding countryside and hills. The second section of the walk provides a short tour of Los Gigantes and Puerto Santiago, visiting some of the best viewpoints in the linked holiday resorts … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/X68nbT , 5th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land of Wheat …
Two years on, and after so much exploring, we still find hidden treasures on this beautiful and diverse island. Tiny Tierra del Trigo (Land of Wheat), in the hills above Los Silos, is certainly one of those …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uzrEge , 4th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teide’s White Mantle
Our trip to the verdant north of the island for a walk yesterday afternoon included a couple of fleeting glimpses of Mount Teide, covered in snow and ice at present. Nearly everything else we saw was a shade of green … 
John’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/dK68Zg , 4th February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Bellflower Bicacora …!
So many beautiful flowers in the north of the island today. Bellflower Bicacora stole the show, though. A long awaited find for us …  
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/KmTGrw , 3rd February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiesta Time in Alcalá
Beautiful Alcalá yesterday. Quiet and calm before the town’s fiesta fun and games begin …   
Alison’s Facebook post: https://goo.gl/71G3gL , 3rd February, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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