Friday, 24th May 2013; Depart at 10.30, Bar Nuevo, Orito.

The route for this walk is the San Pascual route from Orito and Alan Smith will lead the walk. This walk essentially follows the route of the traditional romeria (procession) from Orito up to La Cueva de San Pascual and then does a loop within the Sierra de Aguilas before returning to Orito. It`s listed as PRV 179.

The total distance is 9.25kms with a height gain of 265m .It’s expected to take about 3hrs.

The first and last 20 minutes are on tarmac and wide paths, but the main loop is on narrow paths, often stony, and occasionally slightly vertiginous, with 2 steep (albeit short) ascents (one on bare rock, the other over loose stones) and 2 steep (albeit short) descents (on narrow paths with loose stones). The views are fantastic and there are several points of interest en route to compensate for these slight difficulties.

The circular walk will start at 10.30 from the Bar Nuevo in Orito, where a menu del día will be available on our return. The cost of this meal is €8.00.

How to get there.

From HDLN – head for Aspe, then Monforte del Cid (CV825).At 1st roundabout in Monforte follow directions (right) to the A31 for Alicante. Once on the on the Autovia take the next exit (221) to Orito. Just follow the road into Orito and Bar Nuevo is at the far end of the 1st plaza on the left. There is some parking next to the bar, but also on the right hand side of the main road, or in the streets off to the right of the main road.