AT LAST the Algarve has a long distance footpath that can be walked by anyone following the route. The Via Algarviana was first planned a decade ago and has been walked several times by groups and individuals, but a route has never been recorded. Now this has been put right.
Two members of the Algarve Wednesday Walkers have, between them and with assistance from wives and colleagues, walked, recorded and marked a continuous path from Alcoutim to Cape St Vincent. It covers some 260kms of the finest scenery in the region, including the Serra de Monchique and the wild westcoast south of Carrapateira.
The walk was the brainchild of Maurice Clyde, who, with his wife Esme, founded the Wednesday Walkers in the mid 90s. He is sadly now incapacitated and the work has been taken over by David Littlewood, who has produced information leaflets, and Terry Ames, who, between February 12 and 22, walked the whole route, averaging 30km per day. It is intended to make the information available on the internet, but anyone wishing to know more about the Via Algarviana can contact David on [email protected] or Terry at [email protected]