Walk Ref # 402. The Hondón Ridge Loop
Date / Time: Tuesday, 6th October 2015 at 10.00am to start walking.
Distance: 9.2 Km Height gain: 187 m Duration: about 3 hours.
Difficulty level*: Easy, but with enough effort required to help build up our mountain fitness a bit. (*levels are here)
POST WALK REPORT: On a perfect walking day last Tuesday, 34 walkers and 1 dog set of from El Fogón (Frailes) to walk up to the top of the ridge then along the ridge until we were opposite the Algueña road. After some stops along the way to take in the views towards Albatera, the Plain of Murcia and the Hondón Valley, and beyond, we returned along a different track until we were above Barbarroja where we descended to just short of the road. Eschewing the tarmac we walked parallel to the road on farm tracks until we were almost back at the Fogón. Completing the last couple of hundred metres along the road with the traffic going past prepared us for some thirst quenching on the terrace!
Subsequently 15 people took the menu del día, which was a typically Spanish meal. The service was cheerful and efficient and a pleasant mealtime was passed in good company.
Feedback from new walkers, visitors and regular walkers was uniformly good, so I think everyone enjoyed it, I certainly did.
The next walk is on Tuesday 20th October when I will lead a group on the Salt River Walk. This is a regular favourite, so do come along if you can! Because the RV isn’t too easy to find the first time I will lead a convoy from HDLF for anyone who is unsure. Details in the attached notice.
RV Location: Restaurante El Fogón del Fraile; leaving HDLF on the CV845, in the direction of Barbaroja, look for a large red building on the RHS set back behind a very large car park.
SAT NAV: N: 38.271683°W: -0.941536° for those of you using GPS / Sat Nav
Walk Description: Departing the Fogón we will walk up Camino Vertiente and onto the unpaved roads on the flank of the ridge that overlooks Albatera. We will then continue to climb on a mixture of paved and unpaved roads to the top of the ridge and then on a loop to bring us back to a point above Barbarroja. We will descend until we are nearly at the main road, but will then follow tracks that run parallel to it, so avoiding the traffic. These tracks will bring us almost back to the Fogón where well deserved refreshments will be available for you to procure! There are a variety of different views to enjoy along the route and unless a farmer is about with his tractor, almost no traffic to bother us.
Lunch: The Menu del Día costs €8.50 and is typically Spanish food. As ever, there is no need to book for the walk; but if you would like lunch please book it with me by Friday evening, 2nd October, so that on Saturday I may forewarn the restaurant of the numbers taking lunch on the Tuesday. Please also tell me if you have any special dietary requirements. » El Fogón on Facebook
Special Notes: Don’t forget your sunscreen and water, the forecast is good and as this walk is more strenuous than the Aspe Amble, you will need water en-route.
Equipment: Walking boots providing ankle support recommended and a stick or pole if you feel uncomfortable on loose footings, climbs or descents. Protective clothing if the weather is inclement.
Dogs: This walk is suitable for well-behaved dogs under owner control.
Other Notes: Nothing!
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on the 6th, Philip.
philipthewalker @ fastmail.co.uk