Walks Blog – Nov 2017

Ladies and Gents …
While the ladies raided the shelves of Siam Mall, the gents did some walking by the seashore. We met up in lovely La Caleta to compare notes … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/WdzaKt , 30th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

Impromptu Masca Tour …!
A wee trip up to a viewpoint near Santiago del Teide became a whistle-stop tour of the north-west this afternoon, after we found ourselves on the Masca road and unable to turnaround! It was fun though …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Bho7NS , 29th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Views …
Our visitors had their fleeces and jackets back on for a trip up to the national park today. We were so lucky to see the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and – a first for us – little El Hierro …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/LU75Ex , 28th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change …!
24 hours on and the icy roads at Edinburgh airport are a distant memory for our visitors …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/pQidMa , 27th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s [not] a Storm Coming …?
We heeded the yellow alerts and the warnings not to hike in the hills and barrancos today. In the end, the expected storms didn’t come but we had a good wee road-walk around Tijoco Bajo and La Hoya … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/EGwEXa  , 25th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slow Travel …
The connected villages of La Hoya, Hoya Grande and Tijoco Bajo seem modest everyday residential communities, but there is always something to catch your eye when you leave your car and take a slow stroll around a place … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6N79hy , 25th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (69) Tijoco Alto-Barranco Erques-Icerce Circular (Adeje)
Stunning views walking from Tijoco Alto alongside the rugged and cavernous Barranco de Erques. At over 1300 m the walk reaches an abandoned finca high above Taucho and La Quinta, with the twin towers of the Hard Rock Hotel glinting in the sun much further below at Playa Paraiso … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/9paAHU , 24th November, 2017

 

 

Sunset Sky …
Doesn’t quite do it justice … the sky over Playa San Juan in the last few minutes … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/yPNXen , 23rd November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of Office Message!
Out of the “office” at 11:30 and up in the hills above Tijoco Alto by 12:30. To blue skies, fresh air and a good, calf-stretching, hike …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/XGCmNk , 22nd November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (68) Las Manchas-Ermita San Angel-Mt Bilma Circular (Santiago del Teide)
This walk gradually ascends to achieve marvellous grandstand views of the whole Santiago del Teide area from the Chinyero lava fields above the little village of Las Manchas, which was almost overwhelmed in the eruption of 1909 … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Wu4WVA , 22nd November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featuring Roque del Conde (and a cosy tree!)
Up in Adeje and Fañabe earlier to check out a couple of future walk starting points, Roque del Conde towered above us at every turn. The sun was shining and temperatures were in the high 20’s but the little tree in Fañabe is dressing for winter to come …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/kMMAVe , 20th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Sky Day
A great day for photos today, snapped by Alison on our wee wander around Fañabe and Adeje … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/uLjskz , 20th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (67) Vilaflor-Pista Trevejos-Montana La Vica Circular (Vilaflor)
This is a moderately strenuous route offering the opportunity to explore the historic centre of Vilaflor, the terraced farmland on the outskirts, and the fine open pine forests that surround it … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/vLXDHj , 20th November 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intoxicating Views …!
The 300+ metre ascent on this walk in the hills and lava fields of Santiago del Teide today went largely unnoticed. The views and stunning scenery must have taken my mind off it …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/8nb1hM , 19th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Such a Perfect Day …
At 1300 metres up, and high above the clouds, Vilaflor was sunny and warm yesterday. Pretty much a perfect walking day …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6WfwEi , 17th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Garden in the Sky …!
I think Vilaflor might be the “garden of the South” …   
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/nWw1ED , 17th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Walks …
I like trees but I’m not a great fan of closed-in, deep cover, forest walks. Thankfully, the dry, open pine forests on the southern slopes of Tenerife make for a joyful walking experience, the scent of pine is invigorating, and there’s always another great view around the next corner … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/HNSemK , 17th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (66) Las Casas-Degollada del Roque Imoque Circular (Arona/Adeje)
This walk near Arona and Ifonche provides great views of Barranco Fañabe, Roque del Conde, Roque Imoque, Montaña de los Bresos and the Picachos de Fañabe, and an eagle’s eye view of a significant coastal stretch of Costa Adeje. During the walk we pass a number of abandoned old farm buildings. The route has a reasonably strenuous 464m overall ascent and twice crosses Barranco del Rey … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/bxZMZg , 15th November, 2017

 

 

 

Refreshing the Parts …
Summer seems reluctant to relax its grip here! It was 28°C at over 800 m above sea level in the village of Vera de Erques today. So, having wandered around and checked out the lay of the land for a future walk, we retired to Guachinche/Bar Juan Luis for a frosted glass of beer. The place was buzzing with diners inside, but we found a quiet, cool and shady spot to enjoy our much needed refreshment … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Uc3jnL , 12th November, 2017

 

 

Sunshine Sunday
Vera de Erques was shining in the sun when we popped by this afternoon to check out a walk start point …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Kc9fMP , 12th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vera’s Beautiful Gardens!
So many beautiful flowers and plants in this little pueblo of Vera de Erques …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/LQ2AGC , 12th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blowing Away the Training Class Cobwebs …!
After a week in the classroom in Las Americas it was great to be out in the hills again today for a big climb around and about Roque Imoque. It’s still unseasonably hot here …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/Ai9iwK , 11th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Blue Skies …!
A few more of Alison’s photos, charting the progress of our walk today … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/aXFerv , 11th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for a Change …!
It’s been a while but I survived my first week back in the “office” …   
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/UdwHBV , 10th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (65) Tamaimo-El Molledo-Degollada del Roque Circular (Santiago del Teide)
This is a nice introduction to walking in the Tamaimo area, near Santiago del Teide. There are great, wide-open views, in every direction, as the route progresses. Good exercise and fresh mountain air … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/f2rgDG , 8th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aspects of El Norte …
Up in the Cruz Grande area of El Tanque today we experienced the mixed weather of El Norte and got mud on our boots for the first time in a while …   A new aspect for us of some very familiar views, mostly from El Lomo Molino viewpoint. Stunning as always …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/8BjZ5W , 5th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Dear Green Hills …
It’s the north, so it’s green …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/baBZe3 , 6th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rain in Spain …
The rain looked likely to start at any minute during most of our walk from Tamaimo today. It really needs to – things are looking very dry now. Glad it held off this afternoon, though, all the same …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6FEFWk , 4th November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk (64) Ortíz-Pino Choya-Barranco La Puente Circular (Arico)
This is a very enjoyable walk, mostly on open hillside and pine forest, dipping in and out of a couple of very scenic barrancos along the way. The final section snakes along the bed of Barranco La Puente where it is likely that you will encounter rock climbers … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/6mHU4D , 3rd November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing It Up …!
I so enjoyed this walk above Villa de Arico in the east of the island today. Quite short, quite strenuous, perfect walking weather and gorgeous views – a good mix …  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/CTFPnJ , 1st November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climb Every Mountain …
Part of the area we walked through today is popular with rock climbers. It’s All Saints Day in Spain, and a national holiday here, so there were lots out and about doing their thing. How impressive ….and how terrifying …   #possiblynotforme  
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/RBHNHi , 1st November, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water, Water, Everywhere …
There are no permanent rivers or any significant areas of natural standing water in Tenerife. Of course, barrancos (ravines, of which there are very many!) suffer flash flooding after the occasional storm. So, it might seem strange that our walks are often accompanied by the soothing sound of running water. Winter rains in the hills, thick cloud (“Bruma”) in the high forests, and heavy dews in the clear night air cause large quantities of water to seep into huge underground natural reservoirs in the rock underneath the mountains and pine forests. With great ingenuity, it is tapped by horizontal boreholes (“Galerias”) and runs downhill in stone and concrete channels to irrigate the rural terraces and be processed for human consumption. Over 80% of Tenerife’s water supply is still from this source. Some of Alison’s photos from today’s walk above Villa de Arico are illustrative … 
Facebook post: https://goo.gl/a0YC1H , 1st November, 2017

 

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