With the arrival of Mr Terry Tomlinson of Rochdale on Tenerife shores, the "Mountain Walking Season" was declared officially open. In very short order we headed up into the hills behind Club Olympus in Garden City. Our walk began in Taucho, a small village about 15 minutes away from Playa De Las Americas.
As we have mentioned in the past, the scenery of Tenerife is really quite dramatic. It is also very easily accessible. Within minutes by car or bus you can be in the middle of spectacular views and terrain.
Here above is Ivan in walking mode. In the background is the village of Taucho. From there we walked back along the ridge line towards the mountains above Adeje. Here below is Peter Rhodes of Club Olympus looking out over Adeje.
The whole Southern coastal is delightfully on view from this vantage point. All you can hear is the faint hum of cars in the distance and the wind blowing - marvelous.
And here above is the aforementioned Terry Tomlinson who spends the winter in Garden City. At 78 he is a keen member of our walking team.
In the shot below we can see that if we look out to the south-west we get a beautiful view of the neighbouring island of La Gomera.
Many people think that Tenerife is all about bars, restaurants, nightclubs, sun, sea and Sangria. Well those things are certainly available but there is so much more to this fabulous island!
We stopped for a break here at the top of a track known as the "Mule-Killer". This ancient path used to be the link between the towns of Adeje and Vilaflor and was a gruelling climb up from Adeje up onto the ridge line.
In reality, there is nothing finer than getting into the mountains and fresh air with the dogs and revelling in the scenery and exertion of a good walk.
This delicate wild mountain lily crops up regularly all over the place above the tree line and is a great 'macro' shot for my Olympus camera (What other camera would I use?).
Our other walking companions are Elkie (left) and Murray (or Stumpy as he more commonly called on the right). They think that this whole walking lark is designed purely for them.
Of course the statutory beer break with a lump of local goats cheese and some fresh Chorizo sausage make for a pleasant repast and keep the energy levels up.
All-in-all, it is a day out that takes a bit of beating.
If you are into walking then Tenerife has a great deal to offer. Ask any of the Club Olympus team about where to go and how to do it and they will be pleased to help.
Bring yer boots!