“Hitting the spot on trails less trodden

The Trips - Most recent first, Click on images to enlarge

Inner Hebrides

Ardnamurchan - Coll - Tiree - Muck - Canna - Rum - Eigg


Clare - Wicklow - Mourne Mts. - North Donegal - Antrim Coast - Rathlin Island

Iceland One

Snaefellsnes - Hornstrandir - Fimmvorduhals - Skaftafell - Seydisfjordur

The Faroes

Gjogv - Famjin - Tjornuvik - Vidareidi - Saksun - Sandoy - Trollanes


Jotunheimen - Innerdalen - Kystriksveien - Lofoten - Vesteralen


Muncaster Fell - Blind Tarn - Eel Tarn - Stony Tarn - Lingcove - Scar Lathing - Green Crag - Hardknott - Devoke Water - Boat How

NW Scotland

Summer Isles - Lochinver - Drumbeg - Scourie - Sandwood Bay - Reef - Uig - Rhenigidale - Luskentyre - Hushinish - Trotternish - Glendale

Shropshire Hills

Hope Bowdler Hill - Caer Caradoc - The Long Mynd - The Stiperstones

Iceland Two

Kerlingarfjoll - Myvatn - Borgarfjorthur eystri - Lonsaraefi - Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell - Landmannalaugar - Vik

Ennerdale Water

Crag Fell - Floutern - Angler's Crag - Bowness Knott

Odds & Sods

Gower Peninsula - Purbeck Coast - Upper Teesdale - Brecon Beacons - Vale of Ewyas - Rhinns of Galloway - Lee Valley Walk - Gun Hill, Norfolk - Isle of Portland - Audley End - My Most Heavenly Hikes - Book Reviews

Isles of Scilly

Holy Vale - Bryher - Bant's Carn - Tresco - St.Agnes - St.Martin's - Toll's Hill - Peninnis Head

The Dolomites

Bec de Roces - Monte Averau - Lago di Misurina - Valparola - Marmolada - Alpe di Siusi - Alta Badia - Viel del Pan

Spanish Pyrenees

Parc Nacional d'Aiguestortes - Gerber - Les-Bausen - Morrano - Ratera - Monestero - Montanheta - Colomers - Baciver


Ponta de Sao Lourenco - Boca do Risco - Pico Ruivo - Boca da Corrida - Balcoes

Valle d'Aosta

Valtournenche - Valnontey - Valsavarenche - Valsesia

Stelvio National Park, Italy

Suldental - Trafoiertal - Valfurva - Valle dei Forni

Aldeburgh, Snape and Orford

Around Aldeburgh - Around Snape Maltings - Around Orford - Orford Village

The Loweswater Fells

Low Fell - Down by Crummock Water - High Nook - Mosedale - Around Mellbreak - Low Ling Crag


Parata - Spelunca - Calanches - Girolata - Tavignano - Cap Corse

Macugnaga and Valmalenco

Belvedere Glacier - Pecetto - Lago delle Fate - Staffa - Campagneda and Prabello - Lago di Gera - Fellaria - Campo Moro - Musella - Forbici - Marinelli


Around Rifugio Savoia - Lakes Rossett and Leita - Gran Collet - Basei - Ferauda - Alpe Comba


Pian del Re - Lakes Superiore, Lausetto and Fiorenza - Via del Sale - Lake Chiaretto - Lake Grande di Viso - Lake Alpetto - Costa del Vallone - Crissolo  


A Few Scottish Glens

Glen Affric - Glen Strathfarrar - Glen Cannich

La Gomera and La Palma

Imada - Garajonay - Chipude - Vallehermoso - Epina - Alojera - Agulo - Hermigua - Caldera de Taburiente - Barranco de las Angustias - Ruta de los Volcanes

Anglesey Coastal Path

Llanddwyn - Rhosneigr - Trearddur - Holyhead Mountain - Carmel Head - Cemaes - Amlwch - Moelfre

The Slovenian Alps

Slap Savica - Ukanc - Mostnice - Vogel - Jezero Jasna - Zelenci - Slap Martuljek - Vrsic - Zadnja Trenta - Sleme - Kriski Podi - Izvir Glijun and Slap Virje


I knew nothing about Madeira prior to this trip apart from three facts: it is part of Portugal; it is in the Atlantic Ocean somewhere to the north of the Canaries; and it produces a sweet wine which used to be popular in Britain: “Have some Madeira, m’dear”. Now I know it’s the birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo (they’ve even renamed the airport after him); it is quite small (about 60k from east to west and 24k from north to south); it is all hills and valleys with no coastal plain and some quite big mountains in the middle (the highest is 1862m, almost twice as high as Scafell Pike); and it is irrigated by a system of ‘levadas’, relatively level concrete channels descending from the hills, where most of the springs and rains are, to the cultivated areas lower down the slopes. Many of the guidebook-recommended walks are along these levadas which wind into, round and out of valleys along a very winding trajectory.


I chose to avoid these levada trails, predicting that they would be boring for two reasons: they wind in and out of the same terrain over long distances and they are often enclosed by dense forest which restricts the views. Since two of my main reasons for walking are varied terrain and spectacular views, I went for two coastal trails, two mountain trails and one, short, levada trail to a spectacular view.


Here’s a map showing the location of my trails – I hope you enjoy (or can forgive) the images of what the Madeirans consider most attractive about their island:


Click on the map to enlarge.

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