Walking on La Gomera and El Hierro
45 day walks and treks for all abilities
By Paddy Dillon
The perfect guidebook for exploring La Gomera and El Hierro that consists of 45 day walks and treks for all abilities from rugged mountain treks to coastal walks. This wide selection of walks cover long distance trails such as Camino de la Virgen, GR 131 in La Gomera and some of GR132 across the Canary Islands. Plenty of variety for all to enjoy.
SeasonsBest between November and May, as the summer months are too hot, but it can sometimes be damp and misty on the higher parts; spring is especially colourful
CentresOn La Gomera: San Sebastian, Playa de Santiago, Chipude, Valle Gran Rey, Vallehermoso, Hermigua. On El Hierro: Valverde, El Pinar, La Restinga, El Frontera
DifficultyRoutes vary from short, level and easy to long, steep and strenuous; almost all routes are waymarked and signposted, and no special equipment is required
Must SeeOn La Gomera: Alto de Garajonay, Garajonay national park, laurisilva 'cloud forest', deep and rugged barrancos, GR131, GR132. On El Hierro: Malpaso, World Bisosphere Reserve, Camino de La Virgen, GR131, volcanic cones
Walking guide to the islands of La Gomera and El Hierro. The 45 waymarked routes in this guidebook include easy strolls and hands-on scrambles, day walks and long-distance routes including the GR132 and parts of the GR131, which runs the whole length of the Canary Islands.
Walks are spread in the guide roughly clockwise and where walks are located beside each other, links between them are often possible, giving you the opportunity to make your own alterations. The routes are described over both islands, with 27 walks on La Gomera and 18 on El Hierro, illustrated with clear contour mapping and inspirational photography.
The two smallest of the Canary Islands are no less rugged than their volcanic neighbours, offering a wide variety of little-known walking terrain from steep-sided barrancos and dramatic cliffs to the gentler slopes inland cloaked in laurisilva and pine forests.
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.View author profile
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