13 December 2018

Tenerife December 2018

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Back over on the ferry from La Gomera to Tenerife for the second half of my holiday, staying in Icod de los Vinos and then Bajamar.
Icod gives good access to walks in the north west area including the Teno region and Bajamar to those on the Anaga penisular.
Newly all new ground to me even on the Anaga where I've been quite a few times and am now doing walks based on the geocaching.com site which are not in the guidebooks.

View east from Las Arenas Negras
Caserio Los Partidos
Flowers near Los Silos
Ruins at Talavera above Los Silos
View west from Cruz del Carmen lookout
Looking south from the La Hoya path

12 December 2018

La Gomera November-December 2018

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First half of a La Gomera and Tenerife trip in fabulous weather and although this was my fourth visit to La Gomera most of the walks I did were on new ground for me.

View west from Lomo Fragoso - Bco de Agua Jilva - mist spilling over the cumbre

Traditional cottage at El Drago

Alpine scenery! - from Casas de Cuevas Blancas

Roque Agando and Teide - looking east from Pajarito

4 November 2018

EL Hierro and Tenerife - October 2018

Another trip to El Hierro , the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands,flying there from Tenerife Norte airport after staying a night in Santa Cruz.Great views of La Gomera on both the outward and return flights.
I rented an casa in El Pinar and did some good walks high above the coast, up to Malpaso the highest point and also down to La Restinga.
Compared to last year there are more buses with extra services during the day including weekends and now nearly all operate through the "winter" and well as the summer.

 Here's a link to the photo album

My walks were:

Bus to San Andres then paths to Fuente de Azofa,Mirador de Isora,Mirador de Las Playas and back to El Pinar.

Plots below San Andres

Fuente de Azofa
Mirador de La Playas

El Pinar,Monta Mercadel,Malpaso 1501 metres and back down to El Pinar.

Below Monta Mercadel
El Golfo from the escarpment
Fuentes del Julan

El Pinar , Camino de la Restinga,La Restinga and then the bus back up.

Walled camino
View back up to El Pinar
Volcanic landscape

La Restinga harbour

Bus to San Andres , then paths to Mirador de Jinama,escarpment edge via Izique to Ermita Virgen de La Pena,Mirador de La Pena ,buses to San Andres and El Pinar.

Smart streetworks in El Pinar
More traditional outlook over El Pinar

Walled landscape near San Andres
Misty escarpment

Views clearing across El Golfo
Ermita Virgen de La Pena

I then flew back to Tenerife and stayed in Santa Cruz for two more nights ,doing a lovely walk up into the Anaga mountains north of Ingueste.

Plots in the upper barranco
Rocky path towards Los Piletas
Los Piletas village in a high basin with no road access

29 September 2018

JMT work party on Isle Martin - late September 2018

Another John Muir Trust work party.This time on the community trust owned Isle Martin who are one of our CALL (Coigach,Assynt Living Landscape) partners.
Follow the links to their website where there's lots of information and Isle Martin also have a Facebook Page

We stayed in the bunkhouse ,with no electricity or hot water,but with liquid gas for cooking and plenty of wood for the fireplace in the evening.

Jobs for the week included barrowing logs and carrying down timber from the coppiced area,wall repairs (dyking) ,path restoration,removing lots of ugly tree tubes ,clearing bracken from the old village street,and harvesting the juniper berry crop.

Link to my photo album here

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