Peter Bargh

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October 6th, 2015

Encumeada to Pico Do Arieiro

A 14k walk over the mountain tops, mostly in mist from Encumeada to Pico Do Arieiro. Started out as a lovely sunny day, but as i climbed higher into the mountains my luck changed. As I wandered I spotted scenes that reminded me of Led Zeppelin song titles such as Misty Mountain Hop and Stairway to Heaven.

Encumeada
Misty Mountain Hop

I was late arriving at the end of the walk and wasn’t sure if I’d manage to get to the bus stop in time. Thankfully a lovely Spanish couple who couldn’t speak English stopped and gave me a lift back to Funchal which saved me a two hour walk.

 

 

September 28th, 2015

Pico Do Arieiro

Day two of my visit to Madeira. I’d been told I needed to go on a guided tour to discover the mountains, but decided to walk up from Funchal to Pico Do Arieiro. It was quite a trek on the ER103 road up through Monte to Poiso and then on the minor road to the summit and Air Defence Radar Station.

I stopped on route at Casa de Abrigo do Poiso to sample their traditional Tomate e Cebola  (Tomato and Onion Soup). When I arrived at the summit everything was completely hidden by mist apart from the radar station. I was weary by now but was considering walking over to Encumeada and back round. I asked a couple how far, and after realising what I was attempting they suggested I didn’t because it was a much longer walk than I’d imagined  So I just headed out to take a look at the first section of the path from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo. And as i walked  a few gaps where appearing revealing the most impressive landscape I’ve seen!  This was at a height of just over 1800m, taken from a viewing platform. I will return here!