KWA Walks Programme
WALKS PROGRAMME 2018-2019
Once again, we have devised a walks programme, based on our extensive knowledge of the island and its weather patterns to provide you with the best walking experience. We will be walking in the four different areas over a three week period, i.e. a cycle of 12 walks (four a week Sat/Mon/Wed/Thurs), but experience has taught us to use the walk best suited to the conditions on the day, so the order of the walks in the week may well change. This year we have some absolutely stunning new walks which we know you will enjoy.
Begins Saturday November 17th. Saturday-December 8th.
Wednesday-January 16th.Wednesday-February 6th.
Wednesday-January 23rd. Wednesday February 13th.
Begins Saturday-December 1st..
Wednesday January30th. Wednesday February 27th.
Be prepared for surprise. Expect stunning views. Walk along quiet paths, decked with flowers like the Canarian Bell which hides its beauty in shade and under leaves. Bird lovers might see the splendid kestrel or the tiny pippet.
Teide National Park:
The nearest you will come to “walking on the moon”. Walk around at 7,000 feet. Expect to be overawed by the spectacle; size, shape and colour of the rocks.
After a very scenic coastal journey you will arrive in the Teno mountains. This is the land of ghostly hamlets, volcanic tubes, broad ridges and breathtaking views.
A beautiful alpine/Silva-laurel forest area with superb views from 4,000 feet down to the coast. Now extensively replanted due to the damage of a hurricane a few years ago
Week One. We use the walk best suited to the conditions on the day, so the order of the walks in the week may well change, or another may be substituted.
Saturday – The Broken Forest. High Orotava Valley
A fine walk through the pine forest partly replanted with low-growing shrubs after a hurricane devastated the area seven years ago, allows fine views down to the coast. We visit two gallerias which supply most of our drinking water and walk the most pleasant part of the island’s major track G.R.131.We then enter the silva-laurel forest to finish by a small caldera and mountain café. 4.5 hrs.
Monday – Lavas and Canals. Teno Mtns. New!
.From the Chinyero monument, high up in the Santiago valley, we make our way to the canal carrying water all the way to the South of the island. Impressive views of La Palma before continuing to the heart of the Chinyero volcano (1909). We then make our way to an older volcano-Negro(1704) climbing over the massive lava stream to finish at the Arena Negras recreational area. Drinks nearby. 4.30 hrs
Wednesday – The valley of the Caves. Anaga Mountains
We walk on beautiful, undulating paths, past terraced plots and caves once occupied by the Guanche tribes. Fantastic views along the route with the splendid mountain ridge above and the sea below. The village has its own Cave restaurant but we take a short diversion to an impressive viewpoint 2,000ft. directly above the coast before ordering drinks. A taste of Tenerife to be remembered. c.4hrs.
Thursday – The Teide National Park .The Observatory to Ramon.
.After a superb drive up the western ridge of the Orotava valley at 6,500ft. we follow an old track north to reach Mtna. El Limon, giving us a Buzzard’s eye-view of the whole of the Orotava valley and coastline. We descend into the pine forest on a broad track to visit the highest galleria. Hence to Miguel’s for a drink at Aguamensa village.4.5hrs
Saturday – Chamorga Circular. Anaga Mtns. New!
A thrilling drive along the Anaga mountain ridge takes us to the most northerly-hamlet of Chamorga. We then ascend to the ridge to admire the spectacular views down to the northern light-house and rugged coastline. We now follow the ridge south-westerly, through the silva-laurel forest to descend to the hamlet. 4hrs. Then an opportunity to visit the Golden Sands beach for a paddle/drink.
Monday – Erjos to Masca Mirador. Teno Mtns. Eve’s Favourite!
From the Chinyero monument, high up in the Santiago valley, we make our way to the canal carrying water all the way to the South of the island. Impressive views of La Palma before continuing to the heart of the Chinyero volcano (1909). We then make our way to an older volcano-Garrachico(1704) climbing over the massive lava stream to finish at the Arena Negras recreational area. Drinks nearby. 4.30 hrs.
Wednesday – Two Valleys- AnagaMtns.New!
High in the Anaga mountains with a glorious view of the Taborno rock, a huge volcanic plug, we descend to the beautiful village of Las Carboneras with its neatly laid-out terraces. Now we make our way to the village of Taborno past small terraces of potatoes and vines. Our descent to the Hamlet of Afur gives us grand views of the central volcanic ridge that extends to the northern point of the island. The café has the most astounding collection of unusual wine bottles! 4 hrs.
Thursday – Teide National Park. To the Castle Rock.
We begin our journey in the heart of the Canadas(high plateau at 7,000ft.) on an undulating track with Mt. Teide (12,000ft.)towering above us. An amazing variety of multi-coloured rocks and bushes surround us. A few birds, such as the rock pippet, the great grey shrike and various warblers may be seen. We lunch by the Castle rock with stupendous views down to the coast. We then head towards the fascinating Plant garden and Visitors’ center at El Portillo.4hrs
Saturday – Under the Organos.HighOrotava Valley
From La Caldera recreation area above Aguamensa we climb the Candalaria(pilgrims’) trail to view the Organ pipe rocks before descending to the galleria feeding the reservoir 4,000ft below. We lunch by the Cauldron before joining the GR131 track for a time . We then make steady descent through a number of terraced plots, to see the camels and ponies by Miguel’s café in Aguamensa.4.5hrs.
Monday – Teno Alta. The Land of Cheese and Honey.
A steady traverse with dramatic views of La Gomera takes us up to the Teno plateau. We then circle around the plateau to reveal dramatic views of the north – western coast and pass a couple of goat farms before visiting the hamlet of Teno Alta, where, naturally, goat cheese and honey is for sale. A short detour gives us a dramatic views eastward along the coast.4.5 hrs.
Wednesday – Englishmen’s Point- Anaga Mountains.
High on the Anaga ridge, with sweeping views of both the north and south coast, we descend through the silva-laurael forest into the lush semi-tropical valley with a huge variety of colourful plants and trees. We pass a large Guanche cave with its own terraced plot before continuing down to just before the coast. Our coach then takes us to the “White Sands” beach for optional swim/paddle/drink. 4.5hrs.
Thursday – Teide National Park. Coral des Ninos-Parador
A recently-opened route takes us to the rim of the Canadas, the huge volcanic plateau at 7,000ft. with an incredible bird’s- eye view of the plateau below and Mt. Teide directly opposite. Here, the feeling of being on the moon is modified somewhat with a variety of shrubs, birds and the footprints of rabbits. A gentle descent takes us to the Visitors’ center and café. 4.30hrs