The Camino Del Rey, El chorro, Spain
A walk along the high level, decrepit, and dangerously exposed Camino del Rey, El Chorro, Spain with original music by us (but you have to wait for it !) The walkway is one metre (3 feet 3 inches) in width, and rises over 350 feet above the river below.
It is currently in a highly deteriorated state and there are numerous sections where part of or the entire concrete top has collapsed away. The result is large open air gaps that are bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures. Very few of the original handrails exist but a Via ferrata safety-wire runs the length of the path. Several people have lost their lives on the walkway in recent years and after two fatal accidents the local government closed both entrances.
The Path is now in the process of being restored to become a major tourist attraction at a cost of around £4.5 million. This will entail the restoration of the road, matching the surrounding area, building a museum and visitor centre, plus parking. It is expected to open in 2015.
We were some of the last people to walk along it in its present state.
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