Friday the 7th:
Brian Glass will lead 4 & 5 Eyes Aqueducts and the new AVE excavations.
(A very interesting route, not to be missed, Malcolm)!
Friday the 21st:
Phil Woolford is leading the Two Parks walk.
The first walk in March will on Friday the 7th and will be led by Brian Grass and it will be a circular walk starting from Aspe at the usual time of 10.00. This is a relatively easy walk on good tracks, although the length is 10K or so it has only a small height gain and a couple of steep but short ascents and descents to cross the AVE tracks, twice. The RV will be the waste ground opposite the Repsol Garage in Aspe, from where there will be a short drive to the starting point. This is what Brian says: “There is no rough ground, all firm under foot, most of the way is Zaora (crushed stone). Anyone of the group should be able to manage this as long as they have the stamina to complete about 10km. Good trainers will be perfectly fine.” Brian did the walk recce in just over 2.5, with stops to enjoy the views; the new AVE line the bridges “4 and 5 eyes” and the embalsa de Elche, so budget 3 hours for the group walk.
Brian will organise lunch, menu del día, at the Restaurant Carrillo on the CV84 Elche Road and he needs to know that you will take lunch by Tuesday 4th March so that he may forewarn the restaurant.
There will be only 2 walks in March and I will lead the second walk 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.