Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Puig Tomir (1103 metres)

Whilst Robert and Lyn drove off somewhere to base themselves for a bike ride to and from sumptuous café and lunch breaks, Sue and I drove up to the small car park, Es Pixarells, at kilometre 17 on the Pollença to Lluc road.

A 10.20 start found us walking under a blue sky along the main road to km 17.4, before heading up a quiet tarmac lane past Menut to Binifaldó.

From here we enjoyed a classic five and a half hour circuit over Puig Tomir in perfect weather. A brilliant way to conclude our short trip to Mallorca. Sue is pictured (top) on the summit.

Our route is well described in Paddy Dillon's Cicerone guide - route number 21.

Highlights of the day include:
  • numerous frolicking goats 
  • an entertaining ascent of a rock band aided by wires and stemples 
  • masses of bright blue rosemary on the ascent 
  • eagles and other birds of prey soaring near the summit 
  • good access - not always the case in Mallorca - though some of the ladder stiles (see middle picture) were not for sufferers of vertigo
  • a huge green grasshopper 
  • fabulous summit views, especially to the Formentor peninsula and across the sea to Menorca 
  • I spotted a couple of small orchids, one of which was a very small and very pretty new one for us - more on this in due course
  • several lime kilns near Binifaldó 
  • a huge snow pit below the summit - it must have been a good eight metres deep, with accompanying corrals for mules
  • brilliant wilderness paths that were once mule tracks
  • afternoon tea in an olive grove on a thin path with two mules (pictured - bottom)
We saw a few folk, including a dozen or so German women on the summit, but a lot of the time it felt like just us in the wilderness.

The total walk was 17 km in six and a half hours, including ascent of around 700 metres. An excellent excursion. Highly recommended.

Later - a most enjoyable final evening with Robert and Lyn in the apartment.

That's it from Mallorca for now. I'll try to produce a slideshow when time permits.

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