Barranc de L’Infern, The Inferno, PR-CV 147
Tuesday 29th January
Malcolm Thompson writes…
Last week Carol and myself had a few days in a hotel at Benimaurell near Denia. Hankering after a good walk we consulted the books. All the walking guide books recommend ‘The Inferno’. Three hills and a cumulative height gain of 720 M. We took our time and completed the whole thing in 8 hours for the 14.5 Km. The difficulty level is written up as ‘difficult’, and believe me, it was. There were 5000 steps on this old mule trail. 3000 down and 2000 up and all rough cut from stone.
We began the walk from Fleix and almost immediately we started a steep downward decent into the Barranc. But that’s not the worst of it. The second decent was steep and narrow into the inferno. As the guide-book points out, this is the most memorable walk on the Costa Blanca and reminded me of some of the more challenging walks in the UK Lake District Steep, narrow with long uphill sections…..smashing!
The unofficial name of the PR 147 is Catedral de Senderismo. (The Cathedral of Rambling). This would make a very good walk for the ‘seasoned’ members of the group if we made a block booking at the hotel.
The mule track is cut through the rock.
Below is a map of the route.