"Rambling Roger's your
man. In these days of instant gratification, it is rare to
find anyone so devoted to a task, which for him has been a true
labour of love. He is Gran Canaria's Wainwright and
deserves similar recognition"
"The Earth is ours, but only in Trust. Let us
tread lightly as we enjoy its beauty and keep it
safe for those who follow in our footsteps"
Our new iPhone app for hikers is
now available to download.
There is one free walk that
can be downloaded from the
iTunes App Store
or click this
to see full details of the app.
This free walk includes full turn by turn
directions, photographs, GPX tracks etc.
There are also 20 other great
walks, that can be purchased via the app, covering
most of Gran Canaria.
Welcome to my website...
... which is
designed to encourage healthy active people to walk and explore the
magnificent mountains of Gran Canaria, Spain. My name is Roger, known
as 'Rambling Roger'. My wife Eileen and I have lived on Gran
Canaria for over 15 years, and we have discovered many varied
hikes for all abilities of walkers on this island.
We believe we have written the best
English language guide book
for walkers in Gran Canaria, but would be happy to offer advice
to anyone considering a hiking holiday on our beautiful island,
whether it be just for themselves or a walking club etc. We can
also recommend English speaking walking
guides for you if required.
'Don’t leave Gran Canaria without seeing it'
I have now completed 2 guide books
for walking and investigating the wonderful interior of
Gran Canaria, one called
Volume 1 'The Shorter Options' Guide, this
guide is intended more for the casual hiker ( who wants a
half day walk ) and visitors who want to discover the
real heart of Gran Canaria.
Volume 2 'The Longer Options' Guide is for
the serious hiker who wants a full day trek.
Volume 1 'The Shorter Options' Guide has 20 circular and 15 routes from A to B
with the local bus times included, there are also over
30 there-and-back walks, all of these walks are designed
to be half day hikes.
This Guide also includes lots of
information of what to see and do in the many rural
villages and towns, with suggestions of where to enjoy
Volume 2 'The Longer Options' Guide
circular and 5 routes from A to B with local bus times
included, these walks are full day walks and are
designed for the serious hiker. All walks have
full GPS information.
I am are aware
that there are already some hiking books in English
about walking and trekking on Gran Canaria, but none
written by a local resident with years of experience of
the hiking routes on this island.
Both Rambling Roger's
Guides are available in
or PDF version.
Lugarejos nr Artenara
The great attraction of hiking on Gran Canaria is the
tremendous variety of walks on such a relatively small island,
and it also has the climate to hike most of the year.
There are a great number of footpaths and tracks on the
island with spectacular views and very varied scenery,
including lakes, forests and occupied troglodyte
villages ( see our photo album ).
My advice to all
visitors to Gran Canaria and the title of my Guide is:
leave Gran Canaria without seeing it’.
have been hiking with Roger for over a year now and enjoyed
every single walk. He knows Gran Canaria really well and
goes out of his way to design the most fascinating hikes.
I especially appreciate the variety of his walks in terms of
length and degree of difficulty. He has something to offer
- Franz Miltenburg, Playa del Inglés
Rural Gran Canaria is a
complete contrast to the major resorts of Puerto Rico, Playa del
and night life are left behind for the peace and tranquillity of
includes GPS co-ordinates for all major intersections etc.
A GPS is not essential for any of the walks but in my opinion it
is an important navigational aid.
Four lakes from
Gran Canaria is one of the 7 main Canary Islands
... and is part
of Spain and the E.U. therefore the currency here is the Euro. Gran Canaria's
coastal holiday resorts have been a popular holiday destination for many
years, but few British visitors have hiked the interior. Gran Canaria is just a
four hour flight away, in the same time-zone as the UK and hence
the ideal destination for a weeks walking holiday - cheap last
minute flights to Gran Canaria's airport Las Palmas ( LPA ) are
often found via Skyscanner.
are now several good rural hotels
on Gran Canaria, and these are leading to more
people wanting to spend their well earned vacations in the
unspoilt and rural part of the island rather than on the south
coast and the large hotels in Maspalomas and Puerto Rico.
There is also a network of rural houses, and even
cave houses, to rent for families who really want to
experience the peace and quiet of the Canarian countryside.
village in the
The highest point of the island
Pico de las Nieves
is approx 1950 metres ( approx 6,000 feet ) above sea
level and you can drive to it in under an hour and a
half from leaving the coast.
Gran Canaria really does live up to its nickname of a miniature
The island is very green and agricultural in the north, the
centre has forests, lakes and several villages of inhabited cave
houses. The south has some spectacular scenery across
uninhabited ravines and canyons, known as Barrancos, and there
are several large volcanic craters, known as Calderas.
Many of the footpaths you will be walking on are old
donkey tracks, known as Camino Reales,
there used to be a large
network of tracks connecting all the villages and towns
together, often by much shorter and direct routes than
the modern roads that have replaced them.
The beauty of the real
Gran Canaria is in the heart of the island and is unimaginable
from the motorway that connects the airport to large resorts of
hotels and apartments, bars and restaurants etc. in the barren south and
east of the island.
hope you will enjoy
reading our webpages and join us for a walk one day!
Great hikes and
for hikers and explorers by
Gran Canaria, Spain
'Don’t leave Gran Canaria
without seeing it'
believe that our local knowledge of routes and
transport links can make this Guide the most
essential item for anyone wishing to hike or
buy your copy today...
Volumes de "Ne
quittez pas la Grande Canarie sans l'avoir
vue..." sont maintenant disponibles
également en français.
ouvrages indispensables pour se promener ou
randonner, et explorer Gran Canaria (La Grande
Canarie - Espagne).
Avec ses pittoresques
villages d’habitations troglodytes, ses espaces
naturels d’une époustouflante beauté, sa grande
variété de paysages et de climats assurant des
changements de décor rapides, ses dénivellations
raisonnables, son climat permettant de randonner
quasiment toute l’année, la Grande Canarie un
paradis pour la randonnée.
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