British woman plunges 100m to her death on popular hiking trail

A hiking path in Madeira Credit: PA

A British woman has plunged 100m to her death on a walking trail in Madeira.

The 43-year-old, who was with her husband at the time, was hiking in the scenic Levada do Norte.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, local media reported, at around 11.30am Saturday.

The levadas make up a network of irrigation channels specific to the Portuguese island, providing water to remote areas.

Walking paths follow more than 1,350 miles of mini-canals - some of which have narrow, crumbling ledges.