Gibraltar Douglas Path

These steps lead up from the main road close to the Apes den at the top of the Rock. It was close to this spot that 500 Spanish soldiers climbed the east face of the Rock in 1704 led by a shepherd along an old goat path. The had made their way from Catalan Bay a thousand feet below with the intention of overthrowing the Garrison but were discovered and taken prisoner. The path was scraped away soon afterwards.

Warning, extreme care should be taken on the path. Only those with some experience of trekking in rugged mountain terrain should attempt the walk. Footware with good grip is essential.

This portion of the path is known as Mount Misery, it leads upwards to an old Moorish lookout post (see below), which is one of the oldest structures at the top of the Rock. The Douglas Path actually starts beyond the observation post (B) leading southwards to end at the Douglas Cave (C)

The views are spectacular at the part of the trek. Spain is to the north and the city of Gibraltar to the west of the Rock. On the eastern side can be seen the giant slope of the ancient sand dune which was used as a water catchment area in the middle of the twentieth century.

The Moorish lookout post has very little known history and it is remarkable that it still stands despite many changes to Gibraltar.

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