Our Walks Co-ordinator, Katy Livingston, had the opportunity to join our guests in Gran Canaria (after all, someone has to make sure that the walks, weather and food are suitable for our guests!). Here she tells her tale:
The first day took us through some beautiful scenery which, to all of our surprise, was extremely lush and green, scattered with sheep wearing bells which chimed in the background as we made our way to Las Niñas.
Here we enjoyed our picnics under the shade of the trees. Once refuelled we headed on through more beautiful scenery and participated in a little sheep herding as we stumbled across a herd of sheep, who had decided to partake in a spot of sunbathing across our path.
Before long we reached our finish point and joined the easier group at local bar in Soria for a welcome drink in the sunshine.
The next day I opted to join the easier walk, lured by the option of a lovely tapas lunch in a local taverna en-route.
After being so surprised by just how beautifully lush the scenery was on our first day, I didn’t think today’s walk could top it, but yet again I was proven wrong!
We set off down the Barranco de Veneguera with breathtaking views right down the valley and out to the coast. As we headed deeper into the barranco we witnessed more and more surprises in the landscape, from the oasis of palms to the pastel colours in the rock formations en route to Casa de Veneguera and a tapas lunch.
After enjoying our leisurely lunch and an ice cold drink, we set off once more on our ascent to Cruz de Mogán. With great satisfaction of what we had achieved we looked back to Casa de Veneguera and the barranco beyond.
We ended our day once more with a well earned drink in Mogán whilst waiting to meet the harder group.
My final day of walking with the group, before heading back to the UK, was by far my favourite.
Today we had the company of a local interest guide, Guillermo, to expand our knowledge of the local culture and wildlife.
I opted to join the harder walk in the morning and headed off from San Bartolomé up along the camino real, an old mule track up to a viewpoint overlooking the entire Parque Nacional de Pilancones.
The variation in landscapes we could see from here was amazing and certainly disproved my initial connotations of Gran Canaria.
As I had to leave the holiday early (much to my disappointment), I opted to leave the harder group at this point to join the easier group with the local interest guide.
We set off to meet them along the path shaded by scattered trees just along from the viewpoint, but to our astonishment we stumbled across a preacher giving a sermon to a group of German travellers.
Once united with our group we headed back along the route we had ascended in the morning, enjoying the company and taking lots of photo opportunities of the great views below.
We made it back to San Bartolomé just in time to enjoy the local patisserie and buy sweet treats for my poor colleagues back in a wet Penrith.
Before I knew it, it was time to say goodbye and fly back to the UK for the day job. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Gran Canaria.
The only problem is that I need to go back to test out the rest of the walks on my new favourite island!”
Thank you Katy!
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