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The Hondon Valley Walking Group.
We extend a warm welcome everyone in the Hondon Valley and surrounding area and cordially invite you to come and explore one of the most beautiful areas of Spain with us. We organise walks for all abilities from short, flat walks to view the almond blossom in spring to the heights of El Cid and La Penya Mena.
We are multi-national and multi-lingual and we welcome well behaved and obedient dogs, (usually on lower level routes). Every month in the winter, spring and autumn we try to complete 2 or 3 walks; normally 1 easy, 1 moderate and 1 difficult, usually with altitude.
There is no walking in the height of summer.
One takes part at ones own risk, however, we take mountain safety very seriously and every route is usually surveyed by one of our experienced ‘walk leaders’ well in advance of leading the group. S/he is able to advise participants about length, duration, gradient, surface and fitness levels required.
So……..see you on the route sometime soon, regards Malcolm.
The group organizer is Phil Woolford.
This blog is edited by Malcolm Thompson.
“Ron’s Walk on Sunday the 13th of April.
The walk on Sunday, 13th April went very well, 16 people set off from the Cemetery in Macisvenda and 21 returned…! No, we didn’t raise any of the dead; one family was a little late, but we picked them up on the way. It was a rather warm morning, but the group set off with great determination and after the fairly gentle climb on metalled and unmade roads to the flank of the hill we started the main climb. Everyone made it up the side of the hill, which is trackless with lose stone over bedrock, and we eventually came out onto the old quarry service road. Most then went on up the even steeper track to the quarry face, but one or two decided that a short rest in the shade was in order. The views were very good and the weather was quite clear, so we could see well past Fortuna.
Once everyone had regrouped we wended our way down a quite rough and challenging path until we regained an unmade road, from there it was plain sailing beck to the Cemetery. So, 2 hours and 20 minutes after setting off we regained the car park with healthy appetites demanding to be sated with Sunday Lunch.
Thank you Ron, another good walk in the Macisvenda area.”
Phil’s Birthday Bash
We will meet at the Fogon to set off at 10.00 for an easy walk of about 7.5Km. We will take a gentle climb up the ridge, opposite the Fogon, then along the top of the ridge. At an appropriate point we will descend again to my house, where drinks will be served. After this little break, we will return to the Fogon where a Menu del Día will be available for €8.50. If you would like a Menu, please book it with me by Tuesday, 22nd April, so that I may forewarn Peter and his team about the numbers to expect. (Also, if you have any specific dietary requirements please tell me.)
If you would like to join us, but don’t feel up to the walk, please feel free to either come to the house or meet us at the Fogon. In either case please let me know your intentions and if you want to join the lunch party. If you need directions to my house just ask and I will send you a map.
If you are going to do the walk, but don’t want lunch, then you just need to turn up for the start of the walk.
The weather is looking promising, so I look forward to your company to share my 70th Birthday with me. What better way to spend such a day than to be walking on our hills and with such good company?
The meeting point is at the Macisvenda Cementario; from Frailes, go through Macisvenda on the main road until you get to the Church. Once past the church turn right, signposted for Cementario and Centre for the 3rd Age. Are they trying to tell us oldies something? At almost exactly 1Km on this asphalted road you will find the Cementario on your left, with a very large car park in front of it. Be there, booted and spurred, to set off at 10.00.
I grade it as at the more difficult end of Moderate, but is should be within the capabilities of all who are OK with some fairly steep hill climbing. The route is only about 6Km long, but I estimate 2hrs 30m, or perhaps a bit more, for a group to do it. Much of the route is on good tracks, but there is an off track stretch of just over half a kilometer where the height gain is just over 100m as we go up the side of a hill, no drop offs, and a descent on quite a rough track that requires care. The overall height gain is 288m, compared to the altitude difference of 256m, so not a lot of up and down, just up! …and then down again. :-) It is interesting walking and the views are good over quite a lot of our walking territory. Boots or stout walking shoes recommended and for those that prefer to use one a good stick. Ron recommends trousers, rather than shorts, as there was a hill fire on the off piste bit a few years back and the fire hardened wood on the bushes can be vicious; of course if you don’t mind getting your legs scratched a bit the shorts will be fine….!
The group extends a warm thank you to Brian Glass who led the recent “5 Eyes” walk. This was an interesting route and a big surprise to those participants who had not encountered the new AVE route and the area behind Tres Hermanas industrial park near Aspe.
Photographed by Ineke Koenen
5 Eyes Walk, 7th March 2014 near the new AVE track bed.
By Ineke Koenen
TtHE NEXT WALK IS ON Friday 21st March. This will be the Two Parks Walk, which will start at the Parque Montaña car park above Albatera. This is a moderate walk involving a couple of quite steep, rough, ascents and descents of about 100m and is about 8Km long. The tracks are variable but mostly good and the height gain overall is 270m. This walk is suitable for most people in the group as long as you can manage the ascents and descents as we cross two valleys. I do recommend boots, but they don’t need to be waterproof unless it rains! :-) We will meet at the Parque Montaña to set off at 10,00; to get there from Hondón de los Frailes, go down the CV873 Albatera road to the canalised river and turn left, towards Crevillente, on the narrow road that runs alongside or on top of the river. Turn left over Bridge Number 16, the numbers have been recently painted, and follow the road up to the car park just outside the Parque.
I am not planning a lunch after this walk; however, I will probably go to Veinte Ocho for a snack and if you wish to join me you will be most welcome.
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By Malcolm Thompson