Revisiting the Barranco de Erques walk, with a shorter version
I wrote a blog about this walk earlier this year, on 15th February, entitled ‘The Barranco de Erques, Vera de Erques and Tejina’. However, one friend who did not go on that walk wanted to do it too, so we chose to do it on 30th July. Normally we would not have walked it in the summer, due to lack of shade, but this was a cloudy day. It was, however, quite humid and warm, so the climbing was a little sticky, and we decided to do a shorter version, missing out the Camino Montiel and Las Fuentes, and heading down from Vera de Erques to complete a shorter circle.
Consequently, when we reached the main square of Vera de Erques, near the church, we turned left and took the next left off that road to descend a road that wandered around various attractive houses and gardens and join the main road lower down, where we crossed it, going slightly to the right to take a path descending from the bend. The path follows the southern edge of a barranco till it reaches a small group of houses, and a narrow tarmac road which we continued on for a few yards before taking a sharp right turn to descend into the barranco on the path again. This part passes numerous animal pens for dogs, chickens, rabbits and even a small black pig, before crossing the streamed and ascending the opposite side.
The path then crossed a concrete driveway and continued along a house wall before turning downhill again. Lower down the path turned right to cross another barranco, but this time we went straight on to join a track passing some buildings. The track joined the main road going up to Vera de Erques again, and we went right on it to a hundred metres or so, turned right onto the road to Tejina, and then turned left off that road about 100m further on.
Within a few metres we turned onto a dirt track going straight ahead, instead of following the tarmac road to the right, slightly lower than the track. We were now back on the route returning to the Barranco de Erques crossing which we started at.
This shorter version of the walk was only 8.72km as opposed to 12.03km for the longer version. It took us 4.25 hours at a slower pace due to the warmth and humidity.
(Update 2.3.2015) A GPS track of this shortened walk is now available on Wikiloc:
Posted on August 17, 2014, in Botanical interest, West Tenerife and tagged Allagopappus dichotomus, Barranco de Erques, Camino la Morra, Campylanthus salsaloides, Carlina salicifolia, Echium aculeatum, Euphorbia canariensis, Guia de Isora, hiking, senderismo, senderos, Tenerife, Vera de Erques. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.