#315. 8th May. Orito Circular Walk

HWGOritoGroupWalk Ref # 315:
Orito Circular Walk

Day: Friday    Date: 8th May    Time: 10.30am A bit later to allow for travel time!
Distance: Km 9.25     Height gain: 265m
Est’d Duration: 3 hours

Est’d Difficulty: Moderate (see grading)
RV Location: Bar Nuevo in Orito; 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 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. (Map Ref: N: 38.377172°  W: 0.688209°)

Lunch: Bar Nuevo at the RV. Last time we were there the Menu del Dia was €8.00.
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Walk Description:  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.

Post Walk Report:
On Friday the 8th of May a small but enthusiastic group of 7 walkers set off from Orito on a circular walk, well, roughly circular! We started off by walking around the main points of interest of St Pascual with our leader, Alan Smith, giving an interesting commentary on the story of the St and his miracles. This included a visit to one of the longer lasting miracles, where water still flows from a rock that was dry before the saint struck it, causing a spring to flow.

So, after a brief visit to this site we ventured off on the main part of the walk, taking the pilgrimage route up to the Sanctuario that sits high on the hill overlooking the village. For those who are interested in such things the Saint’s day is the 17th May and this year is the 450th year of celebration of the Saint and already the village is being prepared for the thousands of pilgrims and tourists that will descend on it soon.

After a short rest period to get our breath from the climb and to look at the splendid views from the Sanctuario, or Cave of St Pascual, we set off onto the hillside to complete a circular route back to the access road. Fortunately the pilgrims and tourists had not yet arrived so apart from two super fit runners and a similar cyclist that we met and the end of the initial climb we had the hills to ourselves.

It was a warm day and plenty of water was consumed on the walk, but the walking was excellent and at the end we set a new record for the group when all 7 walkers went for the menu del dia. We have had more people lunching before, but never 100% of the walking turnout! J Because all if the walkers were from the direction of Hondón, we decided to return to the valley and descended on Bar 28 for an excellent lunch and good companionship.

» Next walk Friday 22nd May, led by Malcolm Thompson, we will walk up to the top of La Vella, behind Hondón de los Frailes.

Special Notes:
Locations: Link to street view of the turning from the CV-831 as you enter Orito to the RV: Google Map | Link to Street View of the RV:
Equipment: Walking boots providing ankle support recommended and a stick or pole if you feel uncomfortable on loose footings.
Dogs:    This walk is suitable for well behaved dogs under owner control.

Lunch Bookings:    Lunch as usual, there is no need to contact anyone if you just want to do the walk.  However, if you would like to have lunch then we need to let Alan know, with your menu choices, so that he may forewarn Anna at the bar. The bar has a capacity for 30 people eating, so first come, first served, get your bids in to Alan as soon as you decide to go: smithad1953@gmail.com
– The meal will be typically Spanish, with Bread, Salad, 2 Courses, Pudding a Drink and Coffee all for €8.00!