Post Walk update from Phil “On Tuesday, 6th January 25 intrepid walkers and 2 well behaved dogs set off from the car park at the Parque Montaña in lovely sunshine to do the two parks walk, which is about 8.5Km. The going was generally good, although we did come across some quite serious track disruption as a result of the September Gotas Frias. A small diversion added a bit more to the walk and we did about 9Km in the end. Still everyone seemed to enjoy this first outing of the year and some photographs, courtesy of Ingrid show us taking a break after the worst of the walking. This walk took 3hours.”
Firstly, I hope that you all had a good Christmas and I wish you all a healthy and wealthy New Year. I can’t reduce my charges for walks any further so I can’t do anything about the wealthy bit! But, I can help with the healthy bit! So here are my ideas for January.
IMPORTANT: I (Phil) will not be available to lead walks in the second half of the month and I haven’t yet been able to get a walk organised with a different leader for that period. However, watch this space! I also need to move the walk days to Tuesday for the first half of the month as I have conflicting activities on other days.
LEADER APPEAL: I am looking for volunteers to find and lead new walks. If you are interested, please ask me.
♦ Walk #307: Tuesday 6th January: Parque Montaña
Here’s a chance to go looking for those elusive 3 Kings! This is an 8Km walk with an overall height gain of 275m mostly on good tracks and unmade roads, with two quite easy, but steepish scrambles of about 20m over 100m each.
♦ The Rendezvous (RV)
We meet at the car park outside the Parque Montaña (38.235050°N -0.882917°E for those on Sat Nav) for those on old fashioned navigation from the CV-873, Albatera to Hondón de los Frailes, turn onto the canal road, between the Kms 4 and 5 stones, in the direction of Crevillente, or East. Take this road carefully, watching out for potholes and narrow places. Cross the narrow bridge, along the aqueduct, not too many cars at once, and then continue along the road until you have crossed two large sleeping policemen and turn left over the canal just after the 21.2Km mark on the far canal bank, Bridge 16. There is a large sign just over the bridge for Zona 2, Las Lomas, continue up this road, which runs alongside Urbanization Serralba, until it widens out into a parking area just outside the Parque. If you are uncertain, I shall be leaving Hondón de los Frailes at 09.30, so you can meet me on the Albatera side of the village just before then to travel in convoy with me.
Meet in the Parque Montaña car park to set off walking at 10.00. Boots or stout walking shoes recommended, carry your own simple first aid kit, water, snacks if required, and protective clothing. Walking sticks/poles at your discretion, but I shall be taking mine.
Depending on weather conditions and how many rest breaks we take I suggest about 2 and a half hours for this walk.