A stroll around Gibraltar: No. 2 Steps, steps, steps…

  You may have noticed that recently steps have featured heavily in my posts, mainly because of my intention to compete in the Med Steps challenge coming up this spring. Well that got me thinking and do you know there are an awful lot of steps around Gibraltar? It might have something to do with the fact we live on a flipping great big rock and there is a lot of gradient going on! 

 Another reason for steps is that they take up a lot less space than roads and for many people they are the only way to access their homes, particularly in the pedestrian reliant narrow lanes and passages of town and upper town. 

 The steps here can be a real challenge, especially in the rain (which can make some of them very slippy) and in the hot summer when slow and steady is the order of the day. 

  If you are a visitor to Gibraltar, you don’t need to venture far from the main consumer attractions of Main Street to be faced with steps a plenty. 

 You might think, so what? What’s the big deal? A flight of steps is just that. But no, they come in so many shapes and sizes.

There are big ones… 

 

Small ones… 

 

Shallow ones… 

 

Steep ones… 

 

Unloved ones… 

 

Named ones… 

   

Anonymous ones… 

 

Ones with ramps to help us parents with prams… 

 

Floral ones… 

     

And colourful ones… 

 Yep there are definitely a lot of steps here, it’s a wonder folk round here join gyms to be honest! Right I’m off for a lie down after all that climbing ;-)!

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “A stroll around Gibraltar: No. 2 Steps, steps, steps…

  1. Loved your steps, steps, steps . What an amazing array of steps ! Definitely food for thought, so many questions.
    How do small children cope with the array of steps?
    Plus many more. I won’t bore you with them. For some strange reason your wonderful pictures have really made me think .
    Sue x

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    1. Oh Sue, what a lovely comment. I’m glad I gave you food for thought :-). It is a bit tricky with small children. I used to regularly do one of those flights (with ramps) with a baby in a pram and a pre-schooler on a buggy board. It was exhausting but I didn’t need to go to the gym πŸ˜‰ thankfully those days are over and I just have drag the smallest (4yrs) along with us now! You do get used to them over time but there are days when they seem longer and steeper than usual! πŸ™‚

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    1. I reckon I walked up around half of them to take the photos. That’s not a bad thing though – it’s good to get the heart pumping every now and again! πŸ˜‰ the pram ramp IS a good idea as long as the ramps match the distance between your wheels!! I’ve gone ‘off the rails’ a couple of times which can be scary especially at the top of a tall flight 😳.

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