#405 Castell Vell and La Penya Negra

Walk Ref #405   Castell Vell and La Penya Negra
Date/Time:    Friday  20 November 2015. Start at 10.00am prompt
Distance: 10 Km
Height gain: 350 mtrs
Est’d Duration:    3 hrs
Estimated Difficulty:     Challenging end of moderate with some narrow paths on rough ground and includes a very short scramble down through rocks. [ See Walk Grades ]

POST-WALK REPORT by Phil: On Friday, 20th November, again a beautiful walking day, 12 intrepid walkers set out on Alan’s new walk based on Els Pontets near Crevillente. This was also 10km, but involved rather more climbing and some rougher ground in two places, not much rougher though! We started at the Aqueduct and  passed through some lovely scenery as we made our way around the circular route enjoying the sunshine and the company. We saw the site of a XII century Moorish Fort, but there isn’t much else to see of it now as time and the elements have taken their toll.

Hondon Walking Group at Castell Vell

As we progressed around the walk we also saw an archaeological site, where the remains of a small settlement have been uncovered and a building of the period reconstructed. From the University of Alicante website: “La Peña Negra (Crevillent, Alicante) was one of the most important protohistoric settlements of the Iberian Peninsula, possibly the city of Herna located in the northoriental outskirts of Tartessus.” It is thought to date from the period IX to VI centuries BCE.

The interesting and scenic route eventually brought us back to the cars in just 2 minutes over Alan’s estimate of three hours. We all enjoyed the walk and this route will feature again in our programme. Thank you Alan for doing the initial legwork to get our legs working!


RV Location:     Els Ponts near Crevillente. Parking is limited. Probably best that we meet In Frailes (Veintiocho) 9.30 and arrange some car-sharing.

Description:    A circular walk starting on metalled roads (not busy and becoming progressively more quiet) out of the village and moving onto unmade tracks. A more or less continuous (but never steep) climb for the first couple of hours. The route offers views of some interesting rock formations, a chance (though it’s probably slim to be honest!) to see eagles, and a visit to the site of one of Iberia`s most ancient settlements.

Lunch: Nothing arranged but will probably end up back at Veintiocho in Frailes.

Other:    Although this area is only just on the other side of the Crevillente mountain, this is a walk which I believe is new to our walking group and is consistent with my aim of introducing the group to new areas and/or slightly more demanding routes. Journey time from Hondón de Los Frailes is approximately 30 mins. The route is dog friendly but we`ll probably need to find a way to avoid the aforementioned scramble (won`t be a problem).

Regards, Alan
PS: As Philip will not be available for a while, please direct any questions to Alan directly at: smithad1953 [@] gmail.com