This is a fabulous Lanzarote walk in Yé, the little village with a short name in the north of the island.
Recently we spotted one of the signs in Yé for the Mountain Bike Routes in Lanzarote, the track led off in an area we haven’t previously explored so at the weekend we grabbed the camera and the dog to see where it went.
We parked in the village of Yé and took the road towards the Mirador del Río visitor centre, almost immediately on your right is the sign for the path.
The dirt track descends into a terraced and fertile valley nestled down low making it sheltered from the wind. Up to our right are fields of vines and along the track crops of pumpkin and potato.
We reach the basin of the valley, some of the terraces here have been left unattended for years and there are a couple of ruins next to the dirt road.
This house is dated with a sign R R Nobe 1949, there is a hefty padlock on the door, the roof has now fallen in, the render has an orange tinge.
It is a Sunday morning in late October, the locals are tending their fields and hunting, on the ridge to our right we can see two dogs searching for rabbits. The track is heading uphill again, we turn the corner and are rewarded with a sea view.
We reach a point just before a house on our right, the dirt road continues straight ahead and dropping downhill and we can see a footpath leading off to our left climbing up hill. For today we decided to go left and climb the soft crumbly terrain.
During our steady upward climb a view opened up down to Órzola, we could see the white waves crashing onto the harbour wall.
We reached the crest of the hill following bike tracks in the sandy earth, it was windy up here, you can see the landscape had eroded away. There was an abandoned field with just a row of aloe vera plants remaining.
We discovered something of interest on the top of the risco at this location, it’s a look out point over the El Río towards La Graciosa. We enjoyed exploring the old building which is hidden from view and situated close to the official visitor centre.
From this point on the path you can see the round house situated in the centre of the road in front, you can walk up to the right and visit the Mirador del Río or walk down to your left and arrive back at Yé.
On the walk back down the hill you can see the ridge that you climbed back up and the valley down below with the smaller corona in the distance.
This walk took around an hour and a half, the terrain was comfortable and the climb steady but not steep. Yé has a lovely sociedad with some tables and chairs outside and is well worthy of a tapas or too with a cold beer after your walk.
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