An easy downhill walk from Trevejos (near Vilaflor) to El Roque (near San Miguel de Abona)

Overlooking the Barranco Rodrigo, on the right as we descended

Overlooking the Barranco Rodrigo, on the right as we descended

This walk starts from the TF-51 road between Arona and Vilaflor, just after the last bend before Vilaflor, if you are driving towards Vilaflor. There is space to park along beside the road, remembering you need to be completely off the road itself, and, of course, not blocking the track you are going to walk down. As it is a linear walk you need to have planned your return to the start, probably by leaving a vehicle at the end, on the edge of the village of El Roque.

Walking through the pines near the barbecue park

Walking through the pines near the barbecue park

 

The walk starts along a driveable dirt track between fields, and after about 10 minutes of walking it bends to the right and starts to go gently down hill. After a further 10-15 minutes walking with fields on the right and scrubby shrubs on the left a track joins from the right but we walked straight on. Here the path headed down more steeply and was quite rough and stony from erosion for the next stretch so we needed to walk carefully. Again after 10 minutes we came to a junction where a track went right with walls either side, and so we went right. We followed that track for about 4 minutes, 250m, where we turned left on a track heading downhill again. After a short while this track ended and there appeared to be no path continuing, but with a little effort we found the path through the bushes.

View to Roque de Jama

View to Roque de Jama

This section of path passed a cave below the path on the right which may have previously housed livestock, and we continued downhill beside a channel for water worn out of the soft pumice rock. The path then joined another track in an open gravelly area overlooking on the left a finca with neatly tended vines. The track continued through some pines and wound around, past the finca entrance till we arrived at the Parque Cho Pancho, San Miguel’s BBQ recreation area. Here there was a signboad describing the rest of our route down to El Roque which was waymarked with green and white paint lines at intervals.

Heading for Roque de Jama

Heading for Roque de Jama

 

The BBQ park is well equipped with tables and benches and fire places, which all can use, but you do have to bring charcoal. We had our lunch there, and then continued down the path, which after a little while beneath pines, came out into open country with fine views down to the Roque de Jama and the surrounding countryside. We passed a pretty, but dilapidated house, near a stone threshing circle and continued down. The path, although not easy underfoot, was well maintained, and easy to follow. There were occasional signboards with interesting information about the area.

A section of the path on hard pumice rock

A section of the path on hard pumice rock

Beside the path as we descended were plants and shrubs typical of the area, some of them in flower, including the Canary Lavender (Lavandula canariensis), Cornical (Periploca laevigata), and the ubiquitous Pitch plant (Psoralea bituminosa). After about 45 minutes descent from the BBQ park we came to an attractive crossing of the Barranco Rodrigo, after which we shortly joined a minor tarmac road continued down towards the village. We had parked a car not far from where we joined the tarmac.

Pitch plant (Psoralea bituminosa) an introduced fodder plant

Pitch plant (Psoralea bituminosa) an introduced fodder plant

 

 

The walk took only two and a half hours, including a stop for our lunch at the BBQ park. It was 6.5 km long and we descended 640m. There is a GPS track of the route which can be downloaded from the following link:

http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=8736621

If you go to the site for the link you will also find another San Miguel area track which I posted:

http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=8736640

You could combine the end of that walk with this walk to make a circular from El Roque.  I would advise going up the path in this second link, and down the path from the BBQ site as described above, as it is easy on the legs, and safer.

Canary Lavender (Lavandula canariensis) in front of Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp)

Canary Lavender (Lavandula canariensis) in front of Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia sp)

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About Sally Whymark

When I retired and moved out to Tenerife a few years ago, one of the things I really wanted to do was go walking in the mountains. The scenery is very dramatic, and varied. The views are amazing. The native birds and butterflies and other fauna are remarkable. But the flowers - they're just stunning. Little did I know how this would fire up my interest in plants. While living in England, I had always had an interest in flowers and plants, indeed I ran a plant nursery with my husband for many years, but had not spent a great deal of time pursuing botany. But when walking in Tenerife, I noticed all the unfamiliar shapes of the local flowers, and longed to find out more about them. There are literally hundreds of species endemic to just Tenerife (or even just one part of it), the Canary Islands, or Macronesia (the Atlantic Islands, including Madeira, Canaries and Azores). They are so exciting, and so many of them are really showy as well. So I have started this blog to share with you my excitement at all the great sights I see when walking in Tenerife. I hope you'll enjoy it - and want to come here and experience it for yourself.

Posted on February 12, 2015, in South Tenerife, Walks in Tenerife and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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