Walk #305 Just in … Thank you for the photos from Alan Smith & John. 🙂
AFTER WALK REPORT: After meeting on the Albatera Road, near the Frailes Town hall, 30 or so intrepid walkers went in a car convoy to the start point. It was nice to see a lot of new faces in the group including many more Dutch. All very welcome.
The mornings weather was perfect for walking, if a little chilly to start with. As Phil reported the ground had suffered from the previous weeks heavy rain. So a little heavy on the main tracks and so glad we wore sturdy boots.
Working our way to height for an hour-ish was relatively easy for most, with some climbs and tracks steep and narrow but well worth the extensive and clear views at out break points.
Working our way towards the Salt River had us over various and old crumbling viaducts/bridges which in places was single file narrow. With a little care and feet watching the pace was good.
Of course our main goal was reaching the slow flowing Salt River which was of great interest with some salt deposits plain to see. Delightful. A bit of a rock climb through the river to a a track and again more agile rock stepping to Barron Negro which provided an interesting rock formations and a photo opportunity. We discover the walk carries on beyond Barron Negro but only for the more fit/agile.
So making our way back on the circular route, the sunshine was pleasant and the group more than happy with the day’s adventure. Most saying this was one of their favourite walks as it offered a variety of levels, views and points of interests. More please!
: I completed my recce for next Friday’s walk this morning and, yes I did get a bit wet, but only for the last kilometre or so! As a result of my walk I have an update for those planning to join the Salt River walk next week.
When I turned up towards Monte Alto, at Bridge 24, I noticed that something was different; the pot holes have been filled in with asphalt, so the ride was much better. Then I noticed new fences being constructed to the right of the road and that some fields that have been neglected for years have been renovated. Then a huge agricultural reservoir has appeared and finally the little car park at the fork in the roads has vanished and a much larger area has been cleared for use. A by-product of having the big earth moving machines on site for the reservoir construction I guess. So, if you are the first person driving to the meeting place, look out for the bigger car park.
There has been a lot of water erosion during the recent heavy rains and although most of our route is reasonably clear, there is a thin layer of wet mud in places that has not drained too well and it is very slippery underfoot. I am not expecting an Indian Summer in the next few days so I recommend footwear with good griping soles and walking sticks or poles if you have them. They aren’t essential, but I found mine useful a few times this morning. (If you think a pair of walking poles might be useful, but don’t want to lash out a lot of cash the sports shop Sprinter does a reasonable pair for about €13 the pair.) I also recommend a change of footwear for when you get back to the cars and a big plastic bag to put your muddy boots in. I think that at one stage my boots weighed a kilo more with the accretion of mud, fortunately they are waterproof, so a paddle in the river shifted a lot, but they were still pretty grotty when I got back to the car.
A lot of the dried salt has been washed away by the heavy rains, so the nacaminentos are not as spectacular as they used to be, but there is still plenty to see on the walk and the track conditions although poorer than they were, are still acceptable. For those who have been before, the promised variation in the route is not available; blame the erosion and my timidity!
Unfortunately, we may also have to drop the visit to the Baron Negro as the final bit of the track to it has been badly eroded and is now only suited for the longer legged and more agile members of the group. (For those who remember Marie’s Pool, that bit is worse than it was when she fell in!) Also, the Baron himself is much reduced in stature since the last time I visited him. Those who have been before will hardly recognise him in the photograph.
So, a bit if information to help you with your preparation for the walk and an update on what we should be able to achieve. I look forward to walking with you.