Valle Gran Rey

Valle Gran Rey

La Gomera

Route: Valle Gran Rey

Area: La Gomera

Date of walk: 10th February 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.3 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Cool at first, then hot and sunny

Today was the last day of our walking holiday on La Gomera. We decided to visit the west coast of the island to walk a well known route which is normally treated as an ascent, but we followed the advice of our excellent guide book and reversed the direction of travel so that it became a descent instead

After another complicated but fascinating 30 mile drive to cover perhaps 10 linear miles we arrived in the village of Arure, and as soon as we left the village we were treated to some huge views along the coastline from a dirt track. The edge of the track appeared to disappear over a precipice so we kept on the left hand side of it. It was quite chilly at such a height and we had fleeces on for the first time this holiday – though these were soon discarded

It was easy going at high level for most of the walk, until the time came to make the steep descent down towards Valle Gran Rey. Yet again we had to admire the ingenuity of the original path makers who had fashioned a safe and well graded route down the very steep mountainside

As we followed the seemingly endless path round innumerable hairpin bends we passed by other walkers, all of them sweating profusely as they plodded uphill, and we were glad we’d followed the recommendation in our guide book. We’d enjoyed the same amazing views as they had without torturing ourselves in the process

As this was a linear walk we had to get back to the start. The descent ends near a bus stop and since a bus wasn’t due to arrive for a while we took a taxi. It’s a shame we didn’t have enough time to explore the port, but we were well contented with yet another wonderful walk on this island. If anyone who follows this site is contemplating a visit to La Gomera I can offer one piece of advice – go!

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