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                                                                                                                                                                                                     Top left: Looking towards Algeciras
                                                                                                                                                                                                     from the Upper Cable Car station
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Right: Flora & Fauna on the walk
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Bottom left: WW2 Tunnel
















                                                                   Start and Finish                                              Jew’s Gate
                                                                 Jews Gate, Gibraltar. (Pillar of Hercules)                      Many people wonder where the name Jews’ Gate originated. Between 1746 and 1848 a Jewish

                                                                 How to get there:                                               cemetery, Jews’ Gate Cemetery, also called Windmill Hill Cemetery, was located here. Why the
                                                                 Take the steep road signposted Upper                            Jews buried their dead there is not known. One theory is that, by keeping a low profile and not
                                                                 Rock which is just south of the Rock Hotel.                     burying their dead in the Christian cemetery, they could avoid expulsion from Gibraltar which
                                                                 (You can catch a bus to the hotel). Just past                   had been mandated by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. In 1848 the Governor of Gibraltar ordered
                                                                 the first toll booth and adjacent to the                        that, ‘ no more interments shall take place at the former Burial Ground above Wind Mill Hill but
                                                                 second, on the left is a flight of concrete                     that all future Hebrew dead shall be deposited in the allotted portion of the New Cemetery.’
                                                                 steps, the start of the walk.
                                                                                                                                 Pillar of Hercules
                                                                 Distance: 7 kilometres                                          The sun, just risen and still hidden behind a menacing mass of rock that was more sensed than
                                                                 Difficulty: Hard                                                seen through the dense, moist fog that enveloped me, caused a glimmer of light to percolate
                                                                                                                                 through the pewter coloured, woolly clouds above. To my side, black against the grey sky, with
                                                                 Essential: Boots, food and water                                tendrils of mist twining through it was the northern pillar of Hercules. Glimpsed 180 metres
                                                                                                                                 below, through thinning cloud, the shipping anchored in the bay gradually took form, floating
                                                                                               continued >>                      on gunmetal, flat sea. It was easy to understand how ancient mariners attached mystical
                                                                                                                                 importance to this place. A cup of steaming coffee helped while away some time whilst the sun
                                                                                                                                 burnt its way up the sky to take me out of the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar. It was time to
                                                                                                                                 start the walk.


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