Pico Grande,Madeira.

2nd February 2013.

It was a nice sunny day and I was looking forward to this but it all fell to pieces when the clutch cable snapped on the hire car.If you have ever seen the roads on Madeira then the fact that this particular part failed will come as no surprise to you ๐Ÿ™‚

The hire company,Rodavante,were on the scene with a new car within the hour even though I was in the middle of nowhere up near the start of the path.All would have been fine if only I had possession of the relevant documents.As they were lying in the hotel I had to go all the way back to Canico de Baixo and by the time all the paperwork had been sorted out at their office it was too late for the hill.Instead I went up to the Nuns Valley and took some pictures of Pico Grande ๐Ÿ™‚

View down on Curral das Freiras from the road up the valley.You can see the old road at the bottom right of the pic about a quarter of the way up the cliff face.

Curral das Freiras

Curral das Freiras and the Nuns Valley

There are some wild and brilliant roads on the island some of which you can see at the bottom of this pic.If you lived in some of these houses and tripped over your back door step you may well die ๐Ÿ™‚

steep roads

Death awaits at the back door.

Pico Grande from the roadside above Curral das Freiras.Looks like some sort of red hot poker in front but if you know for definite then let me know.


Pico Grande,Madeira

Pico Grande,Madeira

A closer look at Pico Grande.


I`d read before I went that it was the only summit that required a bit of scrambling making use of a line of bolts.I can assure you in the next post that there is another one that requires climbing ๐Ÿ™‚

A much closer look at the summit block.


Pico Grande summit block.

Pico Grande summit block.

Finally,a bonus pic of the Penha d`Aguia on the north coast.

penha d'รกguia madeira

Penha d’Aguia

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3 Responses to Pico Grande,Madeira.

  1. McEff says:

    Alex, I’ve just got back from a bad night at work but you’ve cheered me up no end. That was a great read. Sorry about the inconvenience of the clutch cable snapping, but I suppose these things happen.
    We never got to the Nuns Valley. It looks a spectacular place. And if it’s any consolation, I came unstuck before reaching the top of Pico Grande so I shall read the next post with interest.
    All the best, Alen

  2. So, do you need the line of bolts to get up that rocky summit tor or for the general route up there? And does that mean you have to take a rope presumably?

    Spectacular scenery but don’t think I’d love those roads at all. Usually when I’m in transport doing those kind of roads, I get out and walk!

    And I’m surprised at some cars still having clutch cables? Though they were all hydraulic now? My Cortina clutch cable snapped at work once – was fun driving home! Luckily the gear box is brilliant and I can double-de clutch anyway (like you used to on old non synchro-mesh gearboxes). My even older Cortina (Mk II) had an even better problem… my Mum borrowed it one day and just brought back my snapped gear lever! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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