Having now written about my walk across about La Graciosa, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (parts one and two), Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Gomera… 

I decided to make my final (for now) blog about the GR131 a photo blog. Please enjoy some of my favourite photos from the island.

La Palma was one of the most incredible places I’ve ever had the pleasure of walking and I hope these photos do justification to the incredible landscape that I spent my time walking across. The island, like the other Canary Islands, is volcanic – actually being the tip of of an almost 7km high volcano rising from the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second highest of the Canary Islands, only being outdone by the peaks in Tenerife’s Teide massif. It is currently the most volcanically active of the islands and last erupted in 1971. It is also the island that scientists have predicted will break apart upon future eruptions, fall into the ocean and cause a tsunami which wipes out Florida. Let’s hope not. Read More

This is the 9th blog inspired by my 900km walk across the Canary Islands, following my two day crossing of the beautiful La Gomera.

Having previously written about La Graciosa, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. To read about the other islands, please click here.

La Gomera is small, but it certainly packs a punch. Crossable in 2 days, it still manages to climb up from the north coast to over 1400 meters before descending to the capital of San Sebastian in the south east corner. Read More

This is the eighth blog covering my 900km+ crossing of the beautiful Canary Islands, off the West coast of Morocco. Please click the links to read about La Graciosa, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (parts one and two) and Gran Canaria. I hope you’re enjoying following my adventure.

If you’ve been reading my blogs on the GR131 so far, it’s important you’re aware that on Tenerife I decided to do something different. I decided to base myself in one place and cover the route as a series of day walks. Why? Well, I wanted to see a bit more of the island than the areas flanked by the GR131 and I was also aware of the hugely intermittent weather that was forecast over the next week. Read More

As Gran Canaria was one of my favourite islands, I’ve decided to do something different than just writing a diary-type-blog of all five stages of the GR131.

Whereas I did that for Lanzarote (here) and Fuerteventura (here and here), I decided here I’d write about my highlights of the island as a wholeApologies if you were looking for tips/route guidance. Read More

If you read my last blog, you’ll know that after an interesting few days on Fuerteventura, I’d covered the first four sections of the GR131 walking trail, ending in Betancuria at the end of the final day. It’s from here that I resume my story.

Stage 5: Betancuria to Pajara.

A 200-300 meter climb out of Betancuria and back up to 600 meters above sea level, led me along a ridge which descended through a large recreation area and into Vega de Rio Palmas (at about 200 meters). It was through a small tunnel, followed by a bit of a fight with the overgrown trail, before another 450 meter climb took me up, and another descent brought me down into into the small village of Toto. The final section of today’s walk was down a dirt track which closely followed the main road. Read More

This blog features as part of my 900km+ walk across the Canary Islands. Click here to read more.

After a days rest in Playa Blanca, I couldn’t wait to be moving on. While this trip has always intended to show that there is more to the Canary Islands than tacky tourist resorts – there still are tacky tourist resorts and Playa Blanca is one of them. Therefore it was with a feeling of excitement that I boarded the ferry and headed for Corralejo, on the northern coast of Fuerteventura. It was from here that I planned to pick up the island-hopping GR131 which crosses the entire length of the island with around 160 kilometers of trail. This has been split into 9 sections which are recommended to take a day each – this blog will discuss the first four of those sections. I hope you enjoy. Read More

So… it turns out I’m not very good at keeping a ‘live’ blog while undertaking hundreds of miles of walking. Therefore, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. This blog features as part of the Small Islands, Big Walk series, following my crossing of some of Spain’s most spectacular islands. 

If you did manage to follow what little I’ve written about my adventure so far, you’ll know that my last post ended with me having crossed and camped out on La Graciosa, the small island off the northern coast of Lanzarote, which does not feature on the GR131. Written on an iPhone while wrapped inside my bivvy, I hope you can excuse the mediocre photos that were included. In order to truly highlight the magic of La Graciosa, I thought I’d include a couple of photos here: Read More

If you read my last post, you’ll know that my first night in the Canary Islands was spent wrapped up in my bivvy on sunset beach on the beautiful island of La Graciosa. (In case you missed it, you can check it out here).

Just to reiterate how awesome of a campsite this actually was, here’s another picture… Read More

I wrote this while curled up in my bivvy yesterday morning, waiting for the sun to come up:

With a trip like this, not everything can be expected to go to plan or run smoothly. The sooner that I accept that, the more enjoyable this trip will be.

While I’m usually pretty laid back when travelling, I’m still having to remind myself that when it isn’t going to plan, you’ve just got to roll with it. Read More

I’ll have to keep this brief. I’m currently hurtling along on my train to Birmingham Airport, where I will be spending the night before embarking on my first adventure of 2017 – Small Islands, Big Walk (yeah, I couldn’t think of a better name than that).

Where am I heading? Well, umm, I’m going to Lanzarote. Not what you expected? Allow me to explain (while trying to avoid giving you a convoluted backstory). Read More

Early last year I spent 4 days in Barcelona, Spain.

And while I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, looking back on things, I feel like I’ve never actually been there at all. I’m not sure why this is. It’s possible it’s because I was in a state of saturation when I visited, at least as far as European cities were concerned. Optimistically, I like to think it’s more likely because Barcelona is a city with so much to offer that it’d take weeks, months, years to truly experience it and four days just isn’t enough. Either way, I think I need to return. Read More