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Tour & Trail
on 7 February 2012
The 1:35,000 scale of the `Tour & Trail' map of La Gomera (5th edition) equates to a bit less than 2 inches to the mile and is well suited for walking (between our Ordnance Survey Landranger and Outdoor Leisure series). A unique feature is how it uses route numbering to coincide with the Discovery guidebook `Walk! La Gomera' and all 35 walks described in the guide are marked up together with a few extra routes. These are readily understandable and some strategic bus stops, parking areas and picnic places are also marked to assist route planning. There is a host of detail on viewpoints, refreshment facilities, petrol stations etc. as well as towns or villages and even isolated buildings, plus information offices, public buildings, sports grounds, historical structures etc.
Paths are marked with dotted lines (red for recommended walks) and waypost symbols. Roads are clearly drawn as main, secondary, minor and dirt tracks and the numbering system is up to date where Gomeran numbers are replacing Tenerife designations. The steepness of roads is obvious from the numerous bends shown and incorporation of tunnels. As an island La Gomera is almost round with a central peak (Garajonay) and numerous ravines (barrancas) radiating like spokes from hub to rim. These physical attributes are made clear by use of different subtle shades at each 200m increase in height, and dotted blue lines show water courses, but perhaps more importantly contour lines are stated at 100m intervals with intermediate lines at 50m intervals. Spot heights and trig points are identified but there is no specific indication of craggy areas other than close together contours (wider than OS). Longitude and latitude grid details are provided in relation to Greenwich meridian and it would be possible to link with suitable GPS (except I haven't got one). This `Tour & Trail' map is amongst the best of those I've bought over the years for holidaying in various foreign climes.