Peter Bargh

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October 5th, 2015

11k Lavada walk

Following my lavada walk yesterday I was really looking forward to today’s planned 11k lavada from Ribeiro Frio to Portela, (and according to the guide books Madeira’s most popular walk) sadly it was no more interesting than a walk in one of Derbyshire’s dales – apart from an occasional glimpse of high edge drama.

This photo was taken at the start on a slight diversion to the Balcoes viewing point at 860m. Most of the scenes like this  were hidden behind the trees on the rest of the walk.

Balcoes viewing platform


October 4th, 2015

Lavada walk

What a walk! I just wandered up the street from my apartment in Funchal. It was raining quite heavily and I was feeling lost for things to do as I hadn’t planned a normal adventure due to the bad weather.¬† I spotted a lavada (drainage system for water from mountains) running along the road side. They are made of concrete and have paths by them, so I followed it…and it took me along the coast but high up in the village hillside so I could see the coast, but was also emerged in rural, walking right through the centre of banana plantations etc. Then the lavada turned inland and gave me a real surprise. They say don’t do lavada walks alone and I can see why! This one turned quite dramatic at parts, and while I don’t have a fear of heights, my legs were wobbling in a few sections of the walk.