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Walk Sunday 22nd April 2018 Siletta

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This week we did a local walk from Marchenna to Siletta. The original plan was to get a steep climb over and done with at the start of the walk, but we changed our minds and decided to do it in the opposite direction as this would give us some extensive views of the snow covered tops of the Sierra Nevada. It was a bit misty as we set off  but I remained confident that this would soon burn off as the sun got out. By the time we got to the Ventana the expected extensive views had not materialised, the mist was still obscuring everything. I was starting to think that once again we had been cursed with the red Sahara sand, which seems to appear when we are doing this walk. We stopped for little lunch on the top of Siletta, in an area protected from the blustery southerly wind, another indication that it was dust in the air not just slow to clear mist. I had hoped the the hillside of Siletta would be covered in wild Orchids, in fact I had offered a money back guarantee that we would see some…

Walk 15 April 2018 Rio Verde

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The weather forecast for Sunday was good, but, as we were driving along the carretera de cabra road towards the rio Verde I had the feeling that something had gone badly wrong. We were driving in fog and every time we went around a corner it got worse. By the time we reached the bar Meson los Prados visibility was down to about 50 metres. So much for advertising a walk with stunning views. I would have been happy to stop at the bar, have a coffee and go home but the others seemed keen for a walk. We continued the drive and as soon as the road started the descent towards Otiva we entered a different world. The sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the clear blue sky.  With our spirits lifted we followed the path down to the petrified waterfall, after all the rain I was expecting it to be pretty spectacular. It was OK but I have seen more water in the middle of a drought. The cave was a lot better.    We followed the path down to to the next waterfall below the Pantano de Cueva and…

Walk Sunday 8 April 2018 Prado Negro

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The weather forecast for Sunday was for rain in the afternoon and temperatures a bit on the low side for April, these days anything above 12 degrees is classed as a hot day. Even so it came as a shock when we came off the motorway at prado Negro to see snow ploughs full of grit lined up at the side of the road, engines running and drivers waiting. It made me wonder if they had seen a different weather forecast to me. My original idea for the walk was to do it clockwise, leaving the visit to the waterfall to the end  But the weather in Prado Negro wasn’t promising, it wasn’t actually raining but you knew it soon would be. So I thought it was better to get in the visit to the falls before the rain came.  The waterfall was spectacular, I have never seen so much water in it, I can’t imagine where it’s all come from.  The weather was starting to deteriorate when we stopped for a mid-morning snack, with the temperature dropping and the rain heading towards us we held a democratic vote on w…

Walk Sunday 1st April 2018 Pico Lopera

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Our Easter Sunday walk was to Pico Lopera, it was only a short walk but we had a tapas at Jan and Martine’s to go to and their grandchildren were joining us on the walk. It was quite cool at the BP garage in Cozvijar at 09.00, somehow you expect it to be a bit higher than 3 degrees in April but we were promised a good day weather wise. To be honest any day when it’s not raining is a good day. By to the time we got to the start of the walk at Maison Los Prados the temperature had risen to the giddy heights of 6 degrees. It was interesting looking around at the choice of clothing people were wearing. It went from full mountain cold weather gear down to shorts and strappy tops. By the time all the cars had arrived there was 24 in the group, it was going to be interesting trying to keep them all together. I think it is about time Floppy is promoted to senior people herder.  The start of the walk passes through farmland and normally there are horses and Jaballi about but it must have been to…

Walk Sunday 25th March 2018 Orgiva acequia

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This week  should have been our big end of the month walk but the weather forecast was for showers and a cold northerly wind. Instead we chose a wind cheating, shower dodging, short walk from Orgiva.  The weather in Beznar was as predicted, we were only a few minutes away from more rain and there was a cool northerly breeze. A breeze has now been reclassified as a wind up to 50 kmph  By the time we got to Orgiva things had improved a little. The temperature was a few degrees higher, the rain looked to be about 30 minutes away and the wind had dissipated.  The walks starts off by heading downhill to the river, we had a couple of streams to cross that we have not seen before and the Rio Guadalfeo/Trevelez/ Cadiar, the river has so many names around here it’s impossible to work out what it is actually called, was in full spate. It started to rain just before we arrived at our usual breakfast stop in Los Augustines. It no longer looked inviting so breakfast was cancelled and we decided t…

Walk Sunday 18 March 2018 Talara circular

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This week there no were firm plans as to where we were going to walk, such is the weather at the moment it’s impossible to commit to anything, The basic plan was that we would meet in Talara and go for a coffee if it was raining. I was most surprised that anyone actually did turn up, the forecast was not good but we were getting desperate after so many cancelled walks. Fortunately it was fine so we set off walking in the direction of Mondujar castle. There are a lot of tracks up there so we could lengthen or shorten the route depending on when it started to rain.  Conditions at the castle were good, well, at least it wasn’t raining and there was even a bit of blue sky, something we haven’t seen for a long time. One of the walk options was to go up to the GR7  Niguelas/ Lanjaron track but it’s a long way down if we got caught in the rain which was surely coming. Instead we followed a track across the valley, we were going to have a look at the secret tunnel that was the water supply for…

Walk Sunday 25 February 2018 Almond Blossom

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It’s that time of the year again, when the worst of the winter weather has left us, the temperatures are rising and the whole valley is awash with the first signs of Spring. With the Almond trees in full bloom it was time to do our traditional Almond blossom walk from Saleres. It had to be last weekend, which should have been the big end of the month walk, because we are forecast to get the wettest week I can ever remember. There will be be so much rain our dams will be overflowing, and we will be selling our water to the UK when they get their traditional 2 weeks of dry weather. Then again if things go as usual we will get a couple of damp days.  It was grey overcast day when we met in Saleres, and it was great to see so many people, there were 18 of us when we set off but 2 had to turn back on the first hill as they were overcome with the lingering effects from a cold, which once you have had it seems to last for weeks. Hilary had the right idea, she got Graeham to drive her to virt…