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Walk Sunday 14 January 2018 witches and waterfall

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This week’s walk was a disaster, none of the advertised spectaculars worked as planned. The idea was to go Soportujar to escape the forecasted northerly wind, get some potions from the Witches to banish the colds and sniffles, have a warming morning coffee and anise and visit a spectacular waterfall and returning home before it rained.  The first part of the plan worked, there was no wind, it was cold and cloudy but at least we were protected from the wind. Our first attraction was the Witches cave at the entrance to the village, this was open and the young, good looking witch was at home sweeping up.  Things started to go downhill when we walked into Soportujar looking for a bar, they were all closed, 10 O’clock in the morning and the bars were closed. The village was deserted, there must have been one hell of an orgy going on the night before (Soportujar is famous for it’s orgys).  For me the most important part of the walk was a visit to the Witches caldron in the centre of  the vi…

Walk Sunday 10 December 2017 lanjaron

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The weather forecast for Sunday appeared to change every time a new one was issued. In the end the best I could come up with for a walk was to go to Lanjaron to escape the worst of the wind, and choose a route with lots of escape possibilities in case it started to rain. In the end we had a superb walk suitable for everyone including the Old Gits. The walk started from the Repsol garage in Lanjaron and climbed up through the town on to an acequia. Eventually, after a bit of climbing, you end up at a superb picnic area above the rio Lanjaron, We stopped here for a short break under the chestnut trees and the group photo. After our mid morning snack we climbed up to another acequia that takes you back towards Lanjaron. After walking on the acequia for a couple of kms the group split, with the Old Gits taking a lower return path back to Lanjaron, they walked 8 km and climbed 300 metres and the Fit Bits continued the climb up to the hill side. Whilst the path climbs another 300 metres it  …

Walk Sunday 3 December 2017 La Herradura

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On Saturday we held the group Christmas lunch at the Alcadima hotel in Lanjaron. This was a great success and we have to go back again in the future. After last weeks heavy rain, which brought a lot of snow to the Sierra’s and some much needed rain to the valley, the weather has now changed to blue skies and freezing temperatures. In an effort to try and keep warm I changed the walk to one down on the coast.  At 9 am Sunday morning the temperature in the valley was 2 degrees. 30 minutes later, in the car park above Playa de Cantarrijan, it was 12 degrees, it was like being on another planet.  The walk starts by following the old coastal road towards La Herradura, and then a road that takes you down to the beach. Reluctantly we decided to stop for coffee at the beach front bar. I don’t know why, but there is something very satisfying about sitting in the sun, on a beach, while the rest of the world is freezing its rocks off.  We could justify the coffee stop because we needed the caffe…

Walk Sunday 12 November 2017 Jayena barranco

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We had a new Sunday walk this week in a barranco near Jayena. It’s a walk we discovered in the summer when we had planned to go all the way from the Carretera de Cabra to Jayena. The way through was blocked by brambles so we found another route for our return. This is the route we did on Sunday, slightly modified to remove a difficult scramble.  The weather conditions were perfect, blue skies, a bit of frost on the trees out of the sun and wonderful views. The walk follows a forest track for a couple of kms until the start of the barranco. It begins in an inauspicious way, and slowly builds the further you go. The autumn colours on the trees were a perfect match to the canyon walls. We stopped for a little lunch in a great natural amphitheater with sufficient seating for 500.  A few weeks ago in an effort to try and clear a path the Tuesday group had returned armed with machetes and secateurs. We hacked away for what seemed like hours but gave up after clearing about 3 metres, we stil…

Walk Sunday 5 November 2017 Conchar circular

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We had a big storm on Friday night and Saturday brought further heavy rain to the valley and fresh snow to the Sierra Nevada, so I was quite surprised to find 19 walkers waiting in Melegis. Dave and Julie joined us when we knocked on their door. It’s a good job we did as I think they would have spent the day in bed. We now had 21 to walk the plank on the way back, most of the group did not know what was coming. Last week Hilary lost 1 walker and a dog, this week I did much better, I returned minus 9 but more of that later.  After passing through the Orange groves of Melegis the walk starts on the 400 metre climb to the ridge between Melegis and Conchar. At first it is quite steep but it soon turns into a pleasant climb with the views opening up the higher you go. At the top we split into 2 groups the “No fear” group going with Dave down a superb path with steep drops, the rest of us followed the Campo road down into Conchar. We had arranged to meet up at the La Huertecilla bar for coff…

Walk 29 October 2017 Pico Lucero

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We had 2 walks organised this week, an easy walk with Hilary from Restabal and the big, end of the month walk to Pico Lucero.
Pico Lucero We had an early 08.00 start on Sunday, well, we had to make the most of the available daylight on the day the clocks went back. It was only 7 degrees when we arrived at the start of the walk, the valley is in the shade, fortunately there is about 1 km where you can walk at a brisk pace and generate a bit of heat. Of course Plym, being immune to cold weather, chose to walk in her sleeveless T-Shirt. After crossing a river, note no one fell in, we started on the climb and into the sun. It wasn’t long before the fleece jackets were coming off. The beauty about this walk is that you climb a bit, then it levels out, and this keeps repeating until you eventually arrive at the top. After the first climb, and with our destination looming over us, we stopped for a quick break, it’s a good spot to stop but it does make you think you might have been better stayin…

Walk Sunday 22 October 2017 The wild boar

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This week we had an easy walk from Pinos del Valle along Phil’s Wild Boar cycle track. Fortunately we had arranged to meet up outside bar Venicia, there were 29 of us and I think the landlord would have had a fit if we had met in the bar for coffee.  The walk began by getting most of the climbing done at the start of the walk and, as we were making our way up, we passed a group of hunters all dressed in camouflage uniforms. I don’t know what they hunt but we made a rapid exit just in case we turned into the quarry. There was a slight navigational error as we crossed the track up to the ermita. The error was well within the navigational accuracy of a GPS unit and was soon corrected when someone suggested we were going the wrong way.  I know Phil had upgraded this old abandoned path for use as a cycle track but it makes an excellent footpath as it meanders through the pine forest above Pinos. Eventually it comes out near the scout camp and this is where we started to head back. Finally …