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A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro


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La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
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12 Feb 2018

The 30th of May in the Canary Islands is a public holiday for Day of the Canaries so a walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo was planned so that everybody could participate. The old, the young, cyclists and those with reduced mobility. So that we could all enjoy, the countryside and views.

As I arrived in San Andrés they had nearly finished putting together the joëletteas (adapted chairs for those with reduced mobility).

Picture of joëlettea, El Hierro, Canary Islands

The younger members of the group were itching to set off and were full of energy and enthusiasm. The sun was shining and everyone was happy. The walkers organised who was going to take charge of each joëlettea. It takes a minimum of two people to walk with them.  One person leading, and a brake person to the rear. Those with reduced mobility were assisted into their seats and made comfortable. A last check to make sure the tyres were pumped up before we set of across the car park to pass the vehicle testing station for the Island and onto the track away from traffic. The young ones were acting as lookouts to let us know when the cyclists were catching us up, as they were all cycling from Valverde.

As we walked through a little glade of eucalyptus trees our feet and the tyres crunched on the leaves and released the smell of the eucalyptus oils. We were soon out into open countryside which if not for the constant chatter of my companions would be silent, apart from the sounds of nature.

We took the left turn onto the path GR131 heading towards ermita de Los Reyes at Dehesa. The track is wider here with views over Nisdafe and the local countryside. For those in the know we passed a little grove of Olives which has been planted to see if there could be a viable crop from them. The sky was blue and the temperature not yet too warm, what a great way to spend a Bank Holiday.

Sign showing routes on GR131, San Andrés, El Hierro, Canary Islands

After about 1 kilometre we crossed the road that used to be the main road to La Frontera and carried on our route. The dirt track passed a field of sheep grazing. There were still traces of the spring flowers that had earlier bloomed in the fields.

The path with wild flowers growing in the verge, El Hierro, Canary Islands

We passed through some shade from local Canarian pine trees. Some took advantage of the shade for a drink. The shout went up from some of the younger ones that the cyclists were catching us up and that we should hurry along. The path then climbs steeply for a short distance and more hands are needed to push the 2 Sign showing routes on GR131 up the slope. Some of the cyclists dismounted, passed their bike to one of the younger members and assisted with the chairs. They weren´t asked too, they just did without moaning or complaining. The climb can be a little difficult on the uneven surface. That is one thing I love about the Herreños, nothing is too much trouble for them.

Cyclist’s assisting with the joëlettea´s, El Hierro, Canary Islands

At the top of the slope everyone had another little rest and it was decided we would take a slight detour on the next leg because we had joëlettea´s with us. The path continues up a short but quite steep climb, which at the time was very uneven. We all walked up the road and said hello to the horses in the nearby fields who must have wondered what these mad humans were up to.

Joëlettea´s on the road showing views over the nearby countryside, El Hierro, Canary Islands

It wasn’t long before we turned left again onto GR131 again at Raya Cruz del Niño. It was then a nice gentle climb on the Camino de la Virgen de los Reyes. Again the cyclists took it in turns to stretch their legs and give those guiding the joëlettea´s a rest. By this time all the cyclists were with us.

When we reached the road again it was time for a short rest and a drink. After our little break it was time for off again. We kept to the path rather than the road passing the nearby Raya de La Mareta on our right.

Before long we turned left and down into the pine forest to begin our descent down to the finish.

Start of the descent into the pine forest, El Hierro, Canary Islands

In places the path was narrower and the joëlettea´s had extra brake men at the side of them just to keep them at a nice steady pace. The floor of the forest here is completely covered in pine needles and pine cones that crunch under your feet if you happen to stand on one. The children decided to have a little competition and see who could collect the most cones. They were being watched by the rooks flying above our heads and having fun on the thermals. I mimicked the noise they make and they talk back to you which delighted the little ones. They decided they were magic rooks because they talked. It is quite easy to skid on the pine needles as they move under your feet, but it is mostly a soft landing. The path meanders down through the forest giving you just the occasional glimpse of the road. It is quite some time though before we have to cross it at the junction that leads to our final destination at Hoya del Morcillo. Before reaching the road the path undulates giving those with tired legs just another reminder that El Hierro is not flat.

At the junction everyone waits for each other standing under the shade of some of the large pine trees at this location. It is difficult to detect now, but it’s not that many years since there was a huge fire in the area and many of the trees were badly damaged. But the Canarian pine is robust and after a fire it does not take long for new growth to sprout. 

The group under the shade of the giant pines, El Hierro, Canary Islands

We then all crossed the junction and took the track of to our left through the forest on the last leg to our destination and a BBQ. Some of the chefs had joined us to walk back to the picnic area. As we walked we passed by the official camp site for the Island. You can find BBQ facilities, showers and toilets here.

Start of the last track past the camping zone El Hierro, Canary Islands

The final part of the walk was a very small descent into Hoya del Morcillo. Here you can find many BBQ pits, free logs for the fires and drinking water. You will also find a children’s play area and a huge map of the Island featuring little plaques of places of interest on the Island. Here there was paella, chicken and pork chops. Plus liquid refreshments for all ages and tastes. This was the first time all day that everyone was quiet. A very lovely walk with shelter from the heat of the day.

Last descent into the park at Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro, Canary Islands

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
www.hellocanaryislands.com