La Vella, Tuesday 22/1/13 : Our first outing with altitude!
Well…..we all made it to the top and the views were stunning. The wind chill was a little harsh but the sun shone all the way. We were accompanied by Colin from the Fortuna Walking Group and Norma Watt was kind enough to send in the group photograph. There were 15 participants and one well-behaved dog. The group departed the Hondon de las Nieves picnic area at 10am returned tired and happy just before 2pm.
On Tuesday the 22nd January my husband Tony and I along with 13 other happy souls and one very well-behaved dog were led by Malcolm to the summit of La Vella. Not forgetting our back marker Phillip, we did a 12k walk to La Vella between Hondon de los Frailes and Hondon De Las Nieves. It was a beautiful clear and sunny morning but a brisk breeze was encountered once we reached the summit where we stopped to admire the 360 degree view taking in glimpses of Crevillente, Novelda, Elda, La Manga and almost as far as Cartegena to the south with the sea in the background. We had time to have a break here eating whatever we had decided to pack up and take a welcome drink to alleviate dehydration
The walk was not a difficult one being on gravel tracks and quite a bit of tarmac road, it just involved a steady uphill climb which did zig zag to allow you to take a breather if you so wished. The track down was also on tarmac and rocky track in places but was very easy to negotiate and the views both ways were really wonderful.
For anyone who missed it this time make a note in your diary to be one of the party if it is done again in the future. The total time taken was just under four hours but really well worth the time taken.Patricia writes….
The weather was kind to us on Tuesday when Malcolm took us on his walk. We started off at the picnic area in Hondon de los Nieves we walked a short distance on the road then right to follow the path up toward the mountain the walking was up hill be at a steady pace for about an hour the views were great on that part of the walk. Then we came to the road that went up to the mast that was a little bit harder but still comfortable, when you got to the top you realise why you had made the effort the 360degree views were to die for, you did not know where to look first, you could see so far. I would like to say thank you for a enjoyable morning and for these who were not able to came you missed a fabulous walk.