Roque Palermo

Roque Palermo

La Palma

Route: Roque Palermo

Area: La Palma

Date of walk: 24th January 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.4 miles

Weather: Sunny

Today’s walk started from the roof of La Palma, at around 8,000 feet above sea level, and was one of the most spectacular walks of our lives. The car journey to the start was an adventure in itself, involving a steep 45 minute drive up innumerable hairpin bends to a point near the world renowned Observatory – one of the three best on the planet and home to the largest optical telescope in the world

Before starting the walk, we drove up to the Roque de los Muchachos (the Lads’ Rock), which is the highest point on the island. This gave us an introduction to the surrounding scenery, dominated by the awe inspiring Caldera (‘Cauldron’) – a huge crater shaped mountain arch which is now a national park. After a brief stroll along the top we drove back down the road for a short distance and parked in a small space near a mapboard to start the walk

As with many walks on La Palma, this is a linear walk – it would be impossible to plan a circular route in such surroundings. Our route took us along the rim of the crater, with stupendous views at various points along the way, until we reached the furthest point at the summit of Roque Palermo. From here there were superb views over the Caldera and Cumbres Nueva and Vieja

We descended from the summit and retraced our steps back to the start, stopping frequently to gawp at the ever changing views. This is a walk which could – and should – be attempted by any reasonably fit walker who happens to be on the island. The paths are quite rough but no worse than anything to be found in the Lake District, and there are no issues with vertigo unless you stray from the path – which is well waymarked and quite easy to follow

This was a red letter day, and credit to Discovery Walking Guides excellent guide book for suggesting the route to us

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