Quite a long walk through the mountains to the west side of the island today ,with the need to keep going in order to catch the 17.30 bus back from Aldea via Galdar along the north coast.Otherwise it would mean waiting for one at 19.45 via Puerto de Mogan on the south coast with a late evening return to Las Palmas.
I arrived at Artenara at around 10.20 and had time for a coffee and cake before setting off on the path to Degollada del Sargento.Most guidebooks treat this as the start after a taxi ride from the village but I was quite happy to walk for the extra hour and then chip away at the timings on the rest of the route.
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|Looking west over Vega de Acusa|
|First of many views over to Tenerife|
|Roques Nublo and Bentaiga|
The path follows the ridge across Risco Alto to a route junction before Altavista where the old camino to Aldea then sidles above a ravine on the north side of the mountain and after following a lower ridge becomes less obvious on the ground with the way being marked by occasional cairns.
|Altavista from the north|
|A rude shelter|
|Aldea from Degollada del Morro de las Tocinas|
|San Nicolas de Aldea|
A pretty good day altogether with the weather and timings working perfectly.