Gibraltar Inglis Way

It is believed the path is named after a Mr Inglis of the Armed Forces during the 1800’s. However, the name may have been derived from the Spanish ‘EI camino del Ingles’, the Englishman’s Path. It is a relatively easy path, however there is a steeper rocky portion running along the side of Bruces Farm.

The best way to enjoy a walk along the path is to start from the King Charles V Wall, you have walk up the steps on the wall to one level up from the Apes Den, you will arrive at a picnic site.

The path is sign posted at the side of the road, proceed up the rough track adjacent to the sign.
WARNING

If you intend eating at the picnic area be warned, the Rock Apes can become extremely troublesome when they detect food or see open bags with food in them. It can result in a traumatic experience for some people especially young children.

BE CAREFUL

The path passes under the Cable Car cables. On a clear day you can see Africa to the south. You will also find the first of several derelict WW2 installations at this location.

Installations such as these formed part of a network of observation posts and searchlight emplacements during WW2.

Further up the hill just before reaching the road, the path leads off into the trees, this can be seen in the left of the top photograph opposite, you can also see the green water tank up at the road level.

The path is cut through the old Moorish wall which is a noteworthy feature in this part of the Nature Reserve.

After the Moorish wall the vegetation becomes thicker dominated by Olive and shrouded by creepers such as the Pipe vine and Virgin’s Bower.

The lucky rambler may find some of Gibraltar’s rare orchids, such as the Yellow-bee Orchid, along the edges of the path. A more common sight is the Friars Cowl (Arum family) shown in the photograph below.

The photograph below shows a brightly coloured resident of the undergrowth in this area.

Travelling further along the path you will come to another WW2 observation post, now derelict and full of rubbish. If you explore this general area of the path you will come across some concrete ponds and water catchments.

Further along the path is yet another WW2 observation now being overwhelmed by the undergrowth.

The path arrives at an old abandoned MOD Nursery. The path now leads uphill along the fence and follows the boundary of the Nursery.

Proceeding along the boundary wall the path starts to come out into more open terrain where a good variety of flowering plants can be found amongst Mediterranean vegetation. In the spring Spanish Festoon and Morocco Orange-tip butterflies fly and chase each other over the grassy slopes.

This latter stage of the path can be difficult, the slope is moderately steep over rocky ground at the side of Bruces Farm (private property).

Finally the path comes to the short access road at the front of the property.

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