Walk Ref # 408 The Macisvenda Figure of 8 Walk
Date & Time: Friday 22nd January 2016 Start Time: 10.00am
Distance: 9 Km Height gain: 341m
Est’d Duration: 3 hours.
Est’d Difficulty*: Graded Moderate (learn more here)
POST WALK COMMENT from Phil: This day also dawned with good sun, but with intermittent cloud cover as well. On this occasion 21 people gathered for this moderate walk down into the Río Chícamo riverbed and then up onto the ridge and along, almost to Barbaroja, before returning to the river bed and back up to the cars, which we had left by the quarry. On the way out we took a very short diversion to see the first pool where the small Fartet fishes may be seen and it was clear that much work has been done to open up access and better expose the waterfall.
We then moved on to a very rough track that has seen no maintenance for a long time but this wasn’t for that long and it brought out a good sweat to prepare people for the subsequent climbs on better tracks. There were some good viewing points for appreciating the Hondón Valley and Macisvenda and the exertion of climbing up and down different parts of the ridge was generally beneficial. Having explored different parts of the ridge, we descended again to the Río Chícamo and did some Jungle training as we waded through the reed and bamboo lined track that is the beginning of the river. Finally we climbed back up out of the river bed to return to the cars with everyone feeling that they had expended enough energy to justify lunch.
RV Location: The RV is at a rough parking area by the quarries, off the Abanilla road at Macisvenda. Leaving Hondon de las Frailes, pass through Barbarroja and continue on towards Macisvenda. We continue past the turn for El Canton and Algueña and exit right at the turning for Abanilla to cross the road to the left.
Follow this road for a little over 4Km until you come to a cross roads, signposted to Macisvenda on the right, but take the turn to the left! The parking area will then be on your right in about 200m.
Map Ref’: RV is at: 38° 15’ 34”N, 1° 00’ 25”W: ° for those of you using Sat Navs)
Lunch: Nothing arranged.
Walk Description: A walk on tracks and unmade roads, quite rough in places and with some extended walking up steep(ish) slopes.
Special Notes: There is the possibility of getting your boots wet on the return leg.
Equipment: Waterproof boots/walking shoes recommended, or a change of shoes and socks in your car if you want to walk in footwear that isn’t waterproof. I will, as usual, be taking a walking pole for the slopes!
Dogs: This walk is suitable for well behaved dogs under owner control.