A new walking guide for Tenerife describing 35 scenic walks to suit a wide range of abilities, which draws attention throughout to the remarkable natural environment that the walker will see en route. There are walks in all parts of the island which will introduce walkers to the different types of environment to be found in the different areas of the island. The descriptions of the routes are clear, in numbered paragraphs which relate to numbered points on the maps. The walks all have an introduction and a summary of the walk statistics for ease of use. The book is 212 pages long, fully illustrated, with maps provided by the Spanish Instituto Geografico Nacional, and many colour photos of both landscape and wildlife, especially the many endemic plants.
Update of book availability in Tenerife (posted 23rd April, 2013)
Tenerife Nature Walks is now available in Tenerife at €17.00 from The Bookswop in Puerto Colon, Libreria Barbara in Los Cristianos and Libreria Stratford in Puerto de la Cruz. Any other outlet which would like to stock some, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further update (posted 21st June, 2013 and updated 23rd July)
GPS tracks for all 35 walks, complete with waypoints corresponding to the numbered paragraphs of the walks are now available for download from Wikiloc at the following address:
Please note that there is an error on the map for walk 31 where the waypoints on the map do not correspond to the position of the numbers of the paragraphs from number 8 onwards. The GPS track, however, does have the correct numbering.
Further update (posted 12th July, 2013)
‘Tenerife Nature Walks’ is now also available from http://www.nhbs.com in the UK (and probably they will mail elsewhere as well)
Update re Walk 10 – ‘Circular from Chirche’ (posted 19th March, 2015)
I have been told that the section of the path through the Barranco Peguerias, from point 31 to point 17 where it joins the yellow/white signposted route from Boca de Tauce to Guia de Isora, is now very overgrown. The path is very hard to find, even if you know where it is. You will definitely need a GPS with the track loaded, if you want to attempt it. And long trousers may be advisable! Updated (24.1.2019) The path is still overgrown, and last time I attempted it we had to boulder-hop down the barranco streambed because we could not find the path.
I am also told there is some confusion at point 31, which way to go. Before this point you have been walking along a track on a narrow ridge. At point 31 the track goes down to the right into the barranco, however the walk continues on the ridge, although it is getting less narrow, going uphill straight on for a while, and later turns to the right dipping gently into the barranco.
Update re Walk 9 Boca de Tauce – Guia de Isora PR-70 (Posted 24.1.2019)
I recently walked through the Barranco Tagara section of this walk (points 12A to 15), which unfortunately has a lot of damage as a result of the 2012 fire. Many very large trees on the steep slopes above the path were killed by the fire but remained standing for a while. Now, nearly 7 years later, rotting at the base is now causing them to fall when there are storms. Many have already fallen and there are still some that could fall any time. This has resulted in many obstructions to the path (huge trunks to be climbed over or under), and also more erosion of the path itself because of the reduced canopy, as well as the risk of falling trees. For these reasons the path has become quite dangerous, and when we walked there we saw that the authorities have re-routed the PR-70 footpath so that it avoids the section between points 12A and 15. I have posted in Wikiloc.com a revised GPS track, showing the main way from Boca de Tauce to Guia de Isora, using the diversion we came across near point 7 in the book. However, I have not walked the whole length of the path recently and am not sure whether the signposts redirect those going to Guia de Isora from point 4 or 5,but there certainly is a signpost at point 7. I am also not sure whether the paths in the book from point 7, through 8,9,10,11, and 12 to 12A, are still maintained and signposted. We did go on the shortcut path directly between 12A and 7 the other day and it was easily passable, though a little overgrown. Take care, and follow the signposts and I think you will still enjoy the walk.