#403 The Salt River Walk

P1020799Walk Ref # 403  The Salt River Walk
Date & Time : Tuesday 20th October 2015 at  10.00am
Distance:  6 Km     Height gain: 218m
Est’d Duration: 2-3 hours.
Est’d Difficulty: Moderate end of easy/easy end of moderate depending on your perspective.

POST WALK REPORT: Despite  a doubtful weather forecast,  12 intrepid and slightly athletic  walkers set off on the Salt River Walk this morning and enjoyed the wonderful scenery that this route affords us. We made a decent pace, as I had to get back to the medical centre for a jab, but the small group size facilitated that and I had 10 minutes to spare! However, I don’t think it spoiled the walk for anyone.

The salt isn’t very spectacular as it was severely damaged last year and the recent rains have destroyed the summer accretions, nevertheless, it was a good walk providing a decent leg stretch. I was really impressed with a couple of the walkers, no names to embarras you but you know who you are, especially on the more challenging parts of the walk. Here is a link to a photo that I took this morning :

» https://www.dropbox.com/s/qy8cj0e64yh7p69/2015-10-20%2010.47.40.jpg?dl=0

If any one else has photos of today’s walk please send them to our gallery blog master


RV Location: RV as follows, but if you are unsure, meet me on the CV-873 exit from Hondón de los Frailes toward Alabatera at 9.30, just past the new Theatre on the way out of the village towards Albatera.

Drive in: From the CV-873, Hondón de los Frailes to Albatera, turn right onto the canal road in the direction of La Murada, West, between Kms 4 and 5 stones; take this road carefully, watching out for high sleeping policemen, potholes and narrow places. Continue until you pass the sluice gate and turn right over Bridge 24. Continue on this road, which is in reasonable condition for some 3 Km until you come to a parking place, where the asphalt stops. Be there to depart ay 10.00 prompt! 
(The RV is at: N: 38.233451°W: -0.926187° for those of you using Sat Navs)

Walk Description:    The Salt River circular walk, may only be just over 6Km with a height gain of 218m, but it feels like more when you have done it; nevertheless a very rewarding walk, one of our best, with ever changing scenery and geology. Good unmade roads, rough tracks, walking in old aqueducts, a bit of a scramble and a river bed between the Nacimientos de Sal and the Baron Negro and then a fairly long climb out of the barranca after we have visited the Baron Negro to take us back to the cars. If you don’t know what a Nacimiento de Sal or a Baron Negro is then come along and find out!

Lunch: Nothing organised, but most people gravitate to one or the other bars/restaurants in Hondón de los Frailes.

Special Notes: None.
Equipment: Because we will be walking in a wet river bed, waterproof boots and a stick or pole are recommended.
Dogs: This walk is suitable for well behaved dogs under owner control.
Other: Nothing.