#312. 27th March. Sendero Jaime El Barbudo

Sendero Jaime El BarbudoWalk Ref # 312
Sendero Jaime El Barbudo
Day: Friday  Date:  27/03/15  Time:  10.00am
Distance:  9.5Km  Height Gain: 240 mtrs
Est’d Duration:  3hrs (3.5hrs with OPTIONAL cave visit)

Est’d Difficulty*: Moderate ( but strenuous/difficult with the cave visit)

RV Location: Bar/Restaurante 28, Hondón de Los Frailes (38.273285°N -0.927949°W)
Lunch: Nothing arranged, but options at 28/El Fogón

Walk Description: A chance to learn something about a local folk-hero (the Hondons’ equivalent of Robin Hood).A pleasant walk out through the campo, a sustained climb up onto the hill and a gentle stroll through the pine clad  umbría of San Cayetano in search of Jaime Barbudo`s cave .

Post Walk Report (by Phil) (See Pictures in the Gallery)

The Jaime Barbudo Walk – 27 March 2015. The weather had been forecast to improve for Friday’s walk and it did! So 37 walkers, and one of the four legged kind, gathered in Hondón de los Frailes for Alan to lead them around the Jaime Barbudo walk of approximately 9Km. Setting off through the village towards the Urbanization the sun shone and all was well with the world.  HWGJaime08As we approached the urbanization we turn right and began the long, slow climb up the hill to the track that runs across the face of San Juri and San Cayetano; eventually arriving at Jaime Barbudo’s Mirador. Here the party split, with Alan leading a small sub group down the Albatera side of the ridge to find and explore Jaime’s cave. Meanwhile Dennis led the larger party back down to the village and some well-earned refreshment.

The cave party followed the way markers to a point above the cave and then made a careful descent to the cave mouth. At this point 5 people opted to enter the cave, so donning head torches, to leave hands free to assist with climbing in the narrow confines of the cave we set off. Our leader declined to take photographs on the way in as he was concentrating on where his hands and feet were going. However, once the last bit of the cave that is accessible without ropes was reached and the only way was up, he felt more inclined to do so and so we have some shots to give an impression of the cave for those who chose not to venture down into it. Having regained the sunlight this party then headed back to the village and a medicinal drink.

Pre-Walk Special Notes:
The only technical difficulty on the main part of the walk  is a steep descent on loose stones as we come off the hill. There is however an OPTION to visit the site of Jaime Barbudo`s (alleged!) cave. Access to the cave entrance is DIFFICULT. Those able to make the descent to the cave access may consider a cave visit. Please note however that access/egress is both DIFFICULT and STRENUOUS. A head torch is recommended for those wishing to access the cave.

Equipment: Walking boots, walking poles for those that find them useful. Water.
Dogs:    The main part of this walk is suitable for well-behaved dogs under owner control. The cave visit is NOT suitable for dogs.
Other:    It might be useful to have someone willing to lead the main party back to HDLF from Jaime Barbudo’s mirador (bus shelter) rather than waiting for the cave visit party to return.

Any volunteers?