Walk Ref # 409 The El Canton Loop
Date & Time: Friday 5th February 2016. 10.00am
Distance: 8Km Height Gain: 227m
Estimated Duration: 2hrs 30m.
Estimated Difficulty*: Easy end of Moderate,
only 27 metres more height gain than an easy walk!
RV Location: The little “triangular” square in the centre of El Canton. From HDLF go through Barbaroja and take the first right, by the large white farm building, signposted for Algueña and El Canton. (The RV is at: 38°18’5.55″N: 0°58’56.84″W for those of you using Sat Navs).
Walk Description: The walk is all on roads, mostly unmade roads, but with about 0.5km on asphalt partway through the route. Overall the route is about 9.5km with a height gain of 227m and should take 2.5 hours. Initially we will descend into a barranco and follow this alongside the Algueña road before veering right and shortly starting on the climb. This is a steady climb, not particularly steep, mostly only 10 to 12%, and is where most of the work is involved on this walk. After a short walk on the level we will descend again until we join the La Canalosa to El Canton road. Turning down this for about 0.5K we will re-join the field roads for our return to El Canton.
Lunch: Although Manolo, who runs Mesón Rincón de Blas, about 50m off the square in the direction of Algueña, is usually closed on a Friday, he has kindly agreed to open up for us on the 5th. So we shall repair there after the walk for some rehydration and a menu del día for those who wish to partake. The menu is €9 and he and his family have looked after us very well in the past so it would be nice if we had a good number of takers for lunch.
Special Notes: Although you only need to turn up for the walk and even for a drink, please let me know your intentions about lunch by 1700 on Wednesday 3rd Feb, so that I can tell Manolo and he can shop accordingly!
Equipment: The usual stuff, walking boots with ankle support recommended, walking poles for those that like some support while ascending and descending on loose paths and, of course your personal water and your first aid kit.
Dogs: This walk is suitable for well behaved dogs under owner control, but you will have to eat and or drink outside if you are accompanying your dog as no dogs in the bar/restaurante.