Levada walking in Madeira

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  1. funflair

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    OK we are not in the motorhome, thank goodness as you need to be a mountain goat to get about here, some roads don’t have footpaths at the side they have steps.

    Anyway we are here for 10 days and decided we should do a “Levada walk” Levada’s are concrete irrigation channels and are a masterpiece of civil engineering in their own right, most if not all have a footpath by the side of them so make nice flat walks, what could go wrong you ask:LOL: well to be fair yesterday’s was lovely with quite a wide path and some good views.

    So for today I selected a local bus ride to Camacha and then thought we would try this Levada walk, I read a bit and watched the video and at about 3 minutes 20 I thought ooo I hope that is a trick of the camera,


    It wasn’t :D I got JEN into training the night day before by walking the black lines on the pavement,

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    She didn’t fall off once so I thought we might be OK;)

    So after,

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    Going through this tunnel that was darker than it looks,

    We got to,

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    This bit which to be fair was wider than the black line on the pavement BUT had something like 100m drop off the edge:LOL: I said “don’t look down” but it didn’t work so I went a bit further and then turned around and caught Jen up,

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    Waterfall in the distance,

    All told an interesting day out;)

    Martin

    PS we are doing another one tomorrow but with a guide.
     
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    Bloody hell, you should have practised on a tightrope first.
     
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    She would have fallen off that though, so would I:LOL:

    Martin
     
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    My wife took me to Madeira on my return from the Gulf War in 1991; she thought I would like a seaside holiday without any sand!
    The real highlights were our walks down the Levadas; snaking through the beautiful countryside and looking down on the remote hamlets where we would stop for a drink and lunch.
    I'm very envious, enjoy your holiday and remember to have a ride in a TukTuk Taxi.
     
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    I remember them well, take a parachute!
    The number of rabbit ears denotes the grading, 3 ears is mountain goat territory.
    Enjoy.
     
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    :eek: :LOL: is Jen still speaking to you Martin?

    I had to go back & re watch that a couple of times at 3.20!

    Looks beautiful though, hope you'll post more pics & enjoy your break.

    You'll no doubt be pleased to know it's sloughing down here with a snow warning:LOL:
     
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    Up at 7am to be picked up by mini bus for our guided walk, we are told there is “protection where required” if I don’t report back watch the 10 o’clock news :LOL:

    Martin
     
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    And the whole island is covered in flowers although a bit later in the year would be better,

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    Loads of these by the path yesterday, Arum lily I think.

    Martin
     
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    When we were last on Madeira, the ‘bird of paradise plant’ was growing everywhere, just like dandelions do here.
     
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    They still are, but the photos are on the camera not my phone.

    Martin
     
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    Well we survived our walk, along the north coast with some pretty spectacular views,

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    Some cliff paths and big drops,

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    Wild flowers,

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    Then through a valley to the south coast to finish.

    Martin
     
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    Only been to Madeira once on a 18 to 30 cruise. Didn't do much walking but did come down on sledge thingy, visited a monastry and met Oscar at at disco.;):D
     
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    Sounds like a different holiday to ours but neither of us are 18-30, and never will be again.

    Martin
     
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    And it’s been carnival all week,

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