La Palma – the World’s Steepest Island


Walk! La Palma – new 3rd edition
Authors: Charles Davis and Jan Kostura
ISBN 9781782750215 £12.99

La Palma is the most north-westerly and the steepest of the Canary Islands; arguably it’s the steepest island in the world.


Views to Pico de la Nieve (Walk 29)


If you’re looking for a walking destination that’s wild, beautiful and unforgettable, La Palma will not disappoint.


Here’s a sample map section; there’s one for each of the 37 routes, along with full walk descriptions, photographs and GPS information.



Pico Birigoyo, Cumbre Vieja, La Palma (Walk 7)


Book 06 Cumbre Nueva Loop CROP

For more information about Walk! La Palma and the companion La Palma Tour & Trail Map see Discovery Walking Guides’ website.

Click here for more information.

Walking Newsletter

Discovery Walking Guides’ latest Enews is out now – see it here:-

Dartmoor News – New research shows Sittaford Tor as Old as Stonehenge

Walk! Dartmoor coverDid you see this interesting article in the Telegraph yesterday, 16 May 2015?

Dartmoor has a long and fascinating history; this new research suggests that some areas have an even longer history than was previously understood. See for yourself – take the walk.

The weather is perfect now for exploring British walking. If you want to take a look at the ancient stone circle of Sittaford Tor then follow Walk 9 in Walk! Dartmoor. The walk is a pleasant three and a half hour circular route which includes plenty of interest including the Tor.

For more information see:-

Madeira: The Garden Isle – a new walking guide

Levada das Rabaças Encumeada for FacebookEnduring popular as a walking destination, Madeira remains a beautiful and breathtaking island.

Resident authors and researchers, Shirley and Mike Whitehead know it like the backs of their hands and have come up with 41 routes and trails ideal for the ‘leisure’ walker in this new publication Madeira Walks: Volume One.

The Route to Ruivo for Facebook

Volume 2 of this series will follow later in 2015 which concentrates on more challenging and high altitude routes.

All the routes are carefully described and are beautifully illustrated with images taken along each route.

Every route has its own highly detailed ‘Tour and Trail’ map section showing the route and waypoints clearly marked; research is done while carrying GPS Madeira Walks Volume One Leisure Trails cover for Facebookequipment to ensure accurate walking information.

For more information about the new book and Madeira Tour & Trail Maps and Madeira Bus Maps, take a look from Pico Facho for Facebook



Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map is here!

Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map 2015

Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map 2015


Just arrived – Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map. HIghly detailed and right up-to-date and printed on a special polymer withstanding rain, wind and folding many times. The island appeals to windsurfers, cyclists, walkers and adventurers, and has miles and miles of pure, clean beaches too.


It’s an intriguing island with a timeless quality, the raw bones of the island shaped by a volcanic past. Unique – once experienced, never forgotten. Read more here

Aloe Vera thrives in Fuerteventura's desert conditions.

Aloe Vera thrives in Fuerteventura’s desert conditions.





On Fuerteventura’s east coast







Wind and Watersports on Fuerteventura


Gran Canaria – wonderful walking

Gran Canaria Towards Gui Gui (copyright Chris Kurton)Thanks to Chris Kurton who has just had a wonderful walking holiday on the dramatic Canary Island of Gran Canaria.

Here’s one of Chris’ photos taken while walking; a view from a col towards Gui Gui.


See the GPS record of one of Chris’ routes, a circuit of Mount Tauro,

See lots more images taken by Chris while walking the island in Walking The World group on Facebook; click

And for information on maps and walking on Gran Canaria see


The Sierra de Aracena – walking in Spain

Uunspoiled, green countryside near Galaroza.

Uunspoiled, green countryside near Galaroza.

Having explored Spain’s Sierra de Aracena some years back for a walking guide and map, it was interesting to see a long and enticing piece in today’s Saturday Telegraph magazine about this little-visited region:-



Another green and beautiful walking route, near the little town of Fuenteheridos.

Another green and beautiful walking route, near the little town of Fuenteheridos.

Spain offers so many wonderful walking regions, yet Sierra de Aracena remains little-known – which is of course, part of its charm. If you want dramatic mountains, look elsewhere. If you like wonderful green, natural walking interspersed with hamlets and little characterful towns, you’ll enjoy this area. It’s the perfect ‘get away from it all’ place.


The little town of Cortelazor.

The little town of Cortelazor.

If your interest has been sparked, take a look at map and walking information from DIscovery Walking Guides:

Lanzarote – walking the Caldera Blanca

Wow! The interior of the crater, Walk 39, Lanzarote.

Wow! The interior of the crater, Walk 39, Lanzarote.

Our thanks to Robert and Penny, recently returned from walking on Lanzarote. Here’s what they told us:-

Standing on the volcanic crater rim of Caldera Blanca, Lanzarote.

Standing on the volcanic crater rim of Caldera Blanca, Lanzarote.

We have just returned from 10 days walking in Lanzarote. Your book was a great help as there is little in the way of signs or clear path markers. Without your book we would have frequently got on the wrong



One comment, on walk 39, Caldera Blanca, We agree this was a
fantastic walk and the view from the crater rim were fantastic.
However, if we were to do this walk again we would have gone round the
other way (anti clockwise). The decent from the top was much steeper
and the path was full of small stones which required great care to
safely negotiate. We would have been much happier going up that way.

We walked in La Palma a few years ago and again found the guide great.

Thanks again for a great guide.

Robert and Jenny P

Fuerteventura – the wild, windy desert island

A surreal, wild and mostly empty landscape

A surreal, wild and mostly empty landscape

We’ve just returned from completing a cartographic survey of this surreal island. Once your eye and mind adjust to the fact that most of it is a vast, volcanic desert, you begin to appreciate its surreal beauty.


Central north Fuerteventura from the settlement of Time.

Central north Fuerteventura from the settlement of Time.

There are few towns and settlements, so if volcanic cones, calderas and barrancos are your thing, it is a ‘must-see’ destination.

Fuerte+ventura translates as ‘strong wind’ and this eastern Canary Island lives up to its name.


No wonder, then, that the island pulls in watersports people from all over the world, enjoying the challenge of the winds alongside the serene beauty of miles and miles of pure white beaches.

Watersport heaven on Fuerteventura's east coast

Watersport heaven on Fuerteventura’s east coast



The island has a long history. Wandering the streets of the original capital of Betancuria (founded 1405) is a journey back in time.



Established in 1405, Fuerteventura's origianl capital of Betancuria is a step back in time.

Established in 1405, Fuerteventura’s origianl capital of Betancuria is a step back in time.

Get up high on one of the mirador viewpoints to see amazing views of the scattering of volcanic cones with a few precious patches of green in the valleys. There’s very little rainfall here so agriculture is an uphill battle.




Aloe Vera thrives in Fuerteventura's desert conditions.

Aloe Vera thrives in Fuerteventura’s desert conditions.

Goat farmers (delicious white local cheeses) and growers of aloe vera are more in tune with the harsh terrain and climate.





Now we have the raw data, our cartographer David is working on Discovery Walking Guides ‘Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map’ which we hope to publish in April 2015.

Walk! Lanzarote :- Updates and Notes

Los Cocoteros to Costa Teguise – best views on route

Our thanks go to Howard and Penny who recently returned from a walking holiday on the Canary Island of Lanzarote and have sent us these useful notes and updates for those who walk after them.


For more information about the book and map they used, see

Dear David and Ros,

We have just returned from 2 weeks in Lanzarote guided by your excellent version 3 of Walk! Lanzarote. (We visited in 2008 with version 1)

We had a wonderful time and really had no issues at all in finding our way though a few little changes have arisen which we suspect arose after your visit. We particularly enjoyed some of the new routes.

Walk 13 The path from wp13 to wp17 has now been bulldozed out as part of the Orzola to Playa Blanca formal route so is now very easy to follow

Walk 22 This has now been upgraded into a defined path with illustrative notice boards and you are advised that stepping off the path is punishable. The English version of the notices are written in best Brussels Eurocrat speak so it is quite entertaining but the beauty of the place is not lost.

Walk 36 After the quite treacherous drop down to wp6 it was clear we were not wanted on the stone wall so we made a direct line for the extreme right end of the wall where we picked up the path. Looking at the footsteps we were not alone.

Walk 33 We set off up the path from the Recycling Bins at the start only for a lady from one of the houses to shout across to say we were on the wrong path. Clearly we were not the first walkers she had re-routed. The bins have been moved ca 75m up the road. The route begins from the path by the bus stop. How you got to wp 4 in 29 minutes amazed us, we were fairly close to your timings throughout the island but it took us close to an hour for this part of the route. We also struggled from wp 4-6 turning left far too early, it would have been clearer if wp5 had not been detailed and the route was described simply as aiming from wp 4 to the right hand side of the saddle where the track is clear at wp6.

Walking in the Haria region

Walk 39 Wonderful.

For those with restricted time we would combine walks 29 and 30 starting at wp1 in Haria and going directly to wp13 (a quick trip up to wp12 is well worth while) then continue to wp17 where you join walk 29 at wp4 and complete walk 29 from there.

Finally we wondered if anyone else had the same experience as us in Ye (walk 36). We were met at the church by two delightful small dogs who befriended us for the day, sticking with us all the way round. Sitting with us when we stopped to eat and then on return trotted off. They seemed to treat us as their dog walkers for the day. Has anyone else performed this service?

We see you are planning Fuerteventura, we have not been there so look forward to you guiding us around that island soon. One request though, please can you publish this with a ring bound spine, they are so much easier to work with.

Many thanks again

Howard and Penny

PS. Note for David, there is a new roundabout on the LZ30 where the LZ402 joins from Famara – a Cartologists work is never done.


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