Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Scary Footpath

Last year on our Holidays in St Andrews, Mrs RJR took us on a nice gentle coast walk. Well that was the plan, it ended up being a 9 mile hike round all the tiny coves and bays, with a little rock climbing thrown in ! It was good fun and it felt like we had conquered the elements.

Tonight I came across this video taken in Spain, I no longer think our walk was an adventure !!

El Caminito del Rey (English: The King's little pathway) is a walkway or via ferrata, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in the province of Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to Camino del Rey (English: King's pathway).

In 1901 it became obvious that workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls needed a walkway to cross between the falls, to provide for transport of materials, and for the inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction of the walkway took four years and it was finished in 1905.
In 1921 King Alfonso XIII crossed the walkway for the inauguration of the dam Conde del Guadalhorce and it became known by its present name.

In some places the walkway has collapsed.
The walkway is one meter (3 feet and 3 inches) in width, and rises over 100 meters (350 feet) above the river below. It is currently in a highly deteriorated state and there are numerous sections where part of or the entire concrete top has collapsed away. The result is large open air gaps that are bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures. Very few of the original handrails exist but a Via ferrata safety-wire runs the length of the path. Several people have lost their lives on the walkway in recent years and after two fatal accidents in 1999 and 2000 the local government closed both entrances. source Wikipedia

If you watched all the way to the end, go and have a lie down.. you deserve it !!!!!

1 comment:

Duckie. said...

Beats the walk from the Hartshead Pub up to Hartshead Pike on a Sunday afternoon does'nt it

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