WALK THE ROCK 2017 – WE DID IT!
We have just completed the first ever WALK THE ROCK – on December 1st, 2017 we began 6 days of walking, accompanied by some lovely guests, guided by Jose, owner of Blackstone Treks & Tours, we walked the length of Lanzarote from North to South.
It was a truly unforgettable journey, also a lot of fun was had along the way! It is a challenge that would not be over ambitious for anybody who is in good health and likes to walk.
Below is the day by day story for anyone interested to know more.
Better still …
We had so much fun that everyone wants to do it again!
So why not join us next year, at the beginning of December 2018, as we WALK THE ROCK again!!
You can find more info HERE.
How to book your place on to the 2018 Walk The Rock:
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The story of 2017 Walk The Rock:
We managed to get Michelle (Lanzarote Retreats MD) to make some notes on her experience!
Walk day 1 – Orzola to Haría Distance : 18.76 km / ascent : 876m accumulative / descent : 611m accumulative / max. altitude 553m
We start our day by meeting and getting to know each other at the Pool side off Finca De Arrieta. Its not a normal day here in Lanzarote as its trying to rain! That was not what we expected as the last rain we experienced was in March! So having turned out my wardrobe to find a coat we set of with Jose in his people carrier to drive 10 minutes up to the most northern village in Lanzarote, Orzola. This part of the island offers stunning scenery and we pass by fields of Aloe Vera, explore an antique water tank “Aljibe” and walk to the top of the Volcano La Corona. This volcano eruption is responsible for making the two stunning tourist attractions of Jameos del Agua and the Green Caves, both fantastic and well worth a visit during your stay. On wandering into the village of Ye we stopped of at the Restaurant Volcano de la Corona, here we ate well deserved tapas – a selection of meats cooked over the open fire. We then continued up to the top of the Risco cliff where we could see down to the island of La Graciosa and beyond to the furthest western island of Alegranza.
Our walk continued down the donkey path to the village of Maguez where we stopped to end our day at the family run bar Las Roferos. We were all very happy to take a seat and enjoy a well deserved drink.
Jose, our guide, plans the day’s route.
Walk day 2 – Haria to Tegiuse Distance : 16 km / ascent : 822m accumulative / descent : 770m accumulative / max. altitude 640m
Our first walking this morning was around the stunning craft market in the mountain village of Haria. This market opens every Saturday morning in the main plaza, we stocked up on local goats cheese, bread and salad for our picnic lunch. Before leaving the market we enjoyed a coffee and cake at the Sociedad giving us the energy to start our day. We left the village of Haria behind and ventured up the Valley towards el Bosquillo. This valley of a thousand palms gives amazing views back down to Haria and to the sea beyond. We stopped off for our lunch at el Bosquillo where you have picnic benches and outstanding views of the west coast of Lanzarote. Continuing our journey we have now ascended to the highest point of Lanzarote, you really feel as though you are on top of the world! Passing by the church Las Nieves we start our descent down to the ancient village of Villa de Teguise. This village was the original capital of Lanzarote and walking through the pebbled streets and alleyways it feels like time has stood still. We meander through until we reach La Cantina restaurant and end our day here with a glass of local Malaysia wine.
Walk The Rock 2017 – some of the group.
Walk day 3 – Teguise To Fire Mountain, El Cuervo : Distance : 12.76 km / ascent : 240m accumulative / descent : 137m accumulative / max. altitude 370m
Yes another market! Lesley is very keen to check out this huge Sunday market in Teguise. As she starts on her Christmas shopping we go into a cafe for a breakfast of home made croissants and coffee. The streets are beginning to fill up and stalls are finishing their preparations as we set off on our direction South. We make good headway and follow though the village of Tiagua passing Tiagua 81 where we have a collection of holiday homes available to rent. I was very tempted to stop off and have a quick swim in the pool but time was not on my side! Before arriving to Fire Mountain, we passed by a Finca owned by one of Tilas friends, Galan. He spends all his spare time in the Finca tending to his gardens, he invited us in for a taste of his two white wines, one dry and one sweet so something for everyone. He also offered Tila some sugar cane for us to plant at Finca De Arrieta, so after filling our back packs we continued on our way. Today ended at the oldest volcano on Lanzarote called “El Cuervo “, Jose gave us some history on this and the islands amazing eruptions. As our drive back was through the main wine region of Lanzarote we voted a stop at El Grifo bodega. This winery is the oldest on Lanzarote and has vines dating back 200 years. It offers award wining wines which we samples along with some amazing local cheeses. Watching the sun go down this was a great end to our third day.
Tila, LR Project Manager, resting during lunch stop.
walk day 4 – Fire mountain, El Cuervo to Femes : Distance : 16.77 km / ascent : 657m accumulative / descent : 606m accumulative / max. altitude 604m
Heading off through the black and red volcanic landscape this is how you imagine the moon to be. Its stark and lunar landscape never ceases to amaze me. The ground is rough under foot and abrasive with the stunning and unique views it truly takes your breath away and you feel like you have entered another planet. We continue along to the edge of the nation park of Timanfaya which many tourists visit everyday. I feel very privileged to see the island on foot and breath in its clean air and feel the sun on my skin. Our path today continues up and into the most amazing wine region. Here the vines are planted individually in a semi circular trough. This is to keep them out of the wind and to aid moisture reaching these vines. The work involved in maintaining these vines is incredible and you really appreciate how this labour of love results in the most amazing local wines. Our next part of the hike takes us up the the 3rd highest point of Lanzarote where you have 360º views down to the resort of Puerto Del Carmen and onto Costa Teguise and to the west over towards La Santa surf village. You can see the sea from both sides and hang onto our hats as the wind had got up. We ascend down to the village of Uga where we stop at a shaded picnic spot in the centre of the village. On leaving the village we pass by the Finca de Uga farm and witness some of the best kept animals in the Canary Islands. Their pens are spotless and the piglets seem to be thoroughly enjoying the pipped music being played to them through speakers! After passing a caravan of camels returning from their days work, we ascended up to the 2nd highest point on Lanzarote. We are feeling very blaze now as we have experienced so many amazing views. We descended with a hop in our step to the local bar in Femes. We enjoyed a selection of tapas local beer an ideal end to the day.
Had to stop for shots posing on a volcanic bomb!
walk day 5 – Femes to Papagyo : Distance : 15 km / ascent : 284m accumulative / descent : 672m accumulative / max. altitude 488m
Today the route is down hill most the way! Femes is the farming village over looking the south of the island and the resort of Playa Blanca. As its a very clear day we can also see across the sea and over to the golden sand beaches of the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. We pass by some cactus plants and learn how to skin and eat a prickly pear fruit, what a treat, its very tasty and worth the risk of the odd prickle. Our path is of course not direct but a more scenic route along the rugged coast. This desolate dusty plane highlights the views of the sea, we see the fish farm off the coast of Puerto Calero, yachts passing by and a number of birds flocking. We also pass a 200 strong goat farm, the goat herder explained the difficulty of maintaining this number of goats with such limited food and water supplies. Having had such little rain for 2 years he is struggling to feed his heard and is buying in food for them. At last the view of Papagayo Beach is in the distance and we pick up the pace to reach our final destination. We arrive to the beach and feel elevated to have achieved our goal! I a very glad to have packed my bikini and jump into the crystal clear turquoise water at the golden sand beach. I float on the surface soak up the sun and my feet feel like every nerve ending is alive.
view over the wine region and the island La Graciosa in distance.
Passing a caravan of camels in Uga.