Our second walk to Tamadaya 28th Jan 2013

Our second trip to Tamadaya this winter was along the western ridge of the barranco. Above Sabinita we drove up an unmarked track to the right before the tarmac road turned sharply left. We were in two minds whether to drive our Punto up this track , but I persuaded holly that on inspection the track got smoother after a rough start. Holly usually drives because she feels happier that way. On long journeys we used to take it in turns driving for a hour each.

After a short distance we wondered whether we had made the right decision and holly was afraid of meeting a part of track which we dare not use, finding nowhere to turn, and being forced to reverse back along this narrow track. The track got steeper and being a rather rough surface, two strips of concrete about 6" plus high, had been laid the width of a vehicle's wheels apart. Apprehensively, holly drove on. There were no turning spaces. We drove over a second two strips concrete and then to our relief, we came to a space where we could park near a finca. We started our walk at about 11 o'clock. The track we were on would have needed a four wheel drive vehicle but it was fine for walking.



After a short climb I remembered that I had left my hiking pole in the car but as we had just walked up a steep hill and the walking was not rough, I decided to continue without it. The views were getting better. Soon we could look down into the barranco. There was a galvanized iron water pipe on the left-hand side of the road but at one point it continued up whereas the track veered towards the barranco. 

We continued along the track now going downhill. After a while we came to the end where there were two large water pipes coming up from the barranco Tamadaya. We could see that they also came down the other side for the barranco from a small canal which ran around the hillside almost parallel to the contour line. It is uncommon to find large water pipes coming up from a barranco, as large pumps would be required so I assumed that this was an inverted siphon with the weight of water on the other side pushing the water up these pipes. Also at this place was a cave which once had a door and had been used as a workmen’s' hut with an improvised BBQ near the entrance.

We retraced our steps and now followed the line of the galvanized iron pipe . It was not a distinct path but you couldn't go wrong if you followed the pipe. I immediately felt the need of my hiking pole I'd left behind. Luckily I found a small broken branch to use, however I was careful not to trust it with too much of my weight. We knew we were on the right route when the galvanized pipe was accompanied by a larger plastic pipe painted what holly said was apricot. She is an expert on colours from making many smocked dresses.

We had seen this distinctive pipe on our trip to the top end of the barranco from El Contador. There were now wonderful views into the barranco. At one point we came to a large canal duct flowing with water, and holly spotted an unusual long legged, long bodied spider with its web over the water so she took a photograph.

There is a track which runs though the bottom of the barranco and we could now see where this ended with a building and signs of an excavated tunnel. This was gallery No.2

We had our packed lunch after walking further and taking photos of some spectacular views to the head of the barranco which ended in cliffs and we could look down on an aquaduct on the face of the cliff. It was about 1.30.

After lunch and a rest, about half an hour, we made our return trip. We decided that our next exploration would be along the track at the bottom of the barranco, which we had partly walked last winter.

Other photographs we took



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