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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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