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2015-05-22 22:03:05
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The world's scariest walkway?
El Caminito de Rey (The King's little walkway) runs for over three kilometres some 100 metres above the Guadalhorce River in the Desfiladero del los Gaitanes gorge near the village of El Chorro, about 1 hour NW of Málaga. Until recently it was described as one of the most dangerous walks in the world. Finished in 1906, it was constructed to service an aqueduct and numerous sluice gates connected to the Salto de Chorro hydroelectric plant. Its royal association came when El Chorro Dam was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII who walked the pathway in 1921. It was closed to the public for safety reasons in 2000 following several fatal accidents, but people still snuck in to do the route despite the threat of a hefty fine if caught, meaning the last fatality was as recent as 2010.

However, its value as a tourism asset was too great to ignore and at the end of March 2015, the first tourists traversed an impressive new boardwalk of stainless steel and wood installed at a cost of €2.25 million, mostly constructed right above the crumbling old concrete walkway. Tourists are given a hard helmet which must be worn at all times on the linear route (starting from the south at El Chorro or from the north at Ardales) which totals approximately 7.7 km, divided into 4.8 km long access ways and 2.9 km boardwalks. A reasonable level of fitness is required; allow around 4.5-5 hours to complete the walk. Coaches run between the northern and southern access points of the gorge for a modest price. Groups of 50 people are allowed to enter the walkway every half an hour and we were among the lucky ones who managed to obtain free tickets on offer for only the first six months.

Billed as one of the top new travel experiences by Lonely Planet for 2015 will do much to ensure the popularity of El Caminito de Rey, but rock climbers and via ferratists will lament the loss of one of their most risqué adventure playgrounds. Some locals we spoke to are appalled at the new ‘Disneyesque’ features and recoil at the thought of busloads of tourists from cruise ships pouring through there every hour!. There is a pub/restaurant (El Kiosko) at the northern end of the route in Ardales and at the southern end of the route we recommend La Garganta Restaurant which serves good quality regional fare using locally sourced ingredients, and the divine locally brewed craft ale ‘Gaitenejo’, named after a series of falls in the gorge.

Bookings can be made at http://www.caminitodelrey.info/en/#1
For our video of the route see: https://youtu.be/HQgIA-lDuhI
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magicstep
magicstep 10 hours ago.
A leisure climber, I take it easy. If I climb something big then in a good weather only and spend lot's of time on top of the hill picnicking, enjoying the views and taking pictures. Mostly I walk...

  
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Gortnagan Beg: A worthy 500
thomas_g 13 hours ago.
Gortnagan Beg turned out to be my 500th peak. The bog was dryish, the rain threatened but waited until I got back to the car and the midges had other targets; what more could you ask for.The peak ...

  
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Gortnagan Beg: Small hill with great views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: thomas_g 13 hours ago.
Gortnagan Beg might be diminutive in stature but has fine views and some steep ground.The best approach is from the NE where there is a stile on the roadside. Parking is scarce so the best option ...

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Gortnagan Beg from Cappanlea
thomas_g 13 hours ago.
walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 219m, Area: Gortnagan Beg, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Irel...

  
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Galtymore & Galtybeg from King's Yard
conrad1179 2 days ago.
run, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 670m, Area: Galtymore, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
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Kirikee Mountain: Kirikee from the NW.
simon3 2 days ago.
From the ridge south of Derrybawn there is this NW view of Kirikee.Courtesy of siteviewer_comreg.ie we can find the owner of this mast: Three Ireland.The amusing conjunction with the cairn below t...

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Camaderry South East Top: Steep climb, sorry trail, great views.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
There's a number of ways to reach the top such as starting from the main, paying, carpark near the Glendalough lake at around T1115 9635. Going straight up from here more or less north there is an...

  
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Brockagh Mountain SE Top: Flattish height NW of Laragh with views, boggy paths a
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
Situated at the south eastern tip of a spur from Tonelagee it therefore commands wonderful views out over Laragh to the south east and Glenmacnass valley and waterfall to the north. Glendalough is...

  
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Carrickarede: Island.
sandman 4 days ago.
Carrickarede island is connected to the mainland by the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. One of Northern Ireland's top tourist attractions it is operated by the National Trust but unfortun...

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David-Guenot 4 days ago.
A steep but quick ascent along the forestry on rocky terrain, along what I believe has been dug as a firebreak rather ... walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 305m, Area: Brandon Hill, South Midlands (Ireland) B

  
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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 5 days ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 5 days ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...


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