Walk Ref # 411 The High Views Walk (Sierra Crevillente)
Date and Time: Friday, 4th March 2016 | Start Time: 10.00am
Distances: 9Km Height gain: 479m
Est’d Duration: 3-3.5 hours.
Est’d Difficulty*: Moderate (Top end thereof!)
POST WALK REPORT: Hi all, On Friday, 4th March 25 intrepid walkers set off, led by Trevor, on a walk from Els Pontets up the Sierra Crevillente towards La Vella. Trevor had named this walk ‘High Views’ and it certainly lived up to its name. The walk was about 9.5Km long and we gained about 500m in height during the walk. There were short bits on good quality roads, but much of the walk was on rough single tracks and was certainly at the upper end of our Moderate walks although not technically difficult. Nevertheless the sun shone and the wind was kind and all 25 walkers arrived back at the start point safely. Although 2 walkers began to feel unwell during the climb and made their way back to the cars independently rather than completing the circuit.
We visited the excavations of the 6th Century BCE settlement at Peña Negra and noted that more of the site has been excavated since we were last there. Then following a narrow track again we climbed to the top of the ridge above Hondón de las Nieves, but not to the top of La Vella! The downward path took us diagonally across the Crevillente side of the ridge until we regained the road and back to Els Pontets. Fifteen people, including one non-walking partner then repaired to Las Palmeras for a menu del día.
As I was having a day off from leading, thanks Trevor, I was in the happy position of bringing up the rear for a change. So, I got around to taking more photographs than I usually do! A link to my drop box folder of the photos that I took during the walk follows: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ubohjibs5js586m/AAComs-zQPPWzyNJFAzhhS1ha?dl=0
I’m sure that there will be more photographs, taken by other people, on the blog in good time.
RV Location: Els Pontets, near Crevillente. (However, for those who don’t know where this is and because of the limited parking at the RV, I will be at the Las Palmeras Restaurante on the outskirts of Crevillente, on the Albatera side, ready to depart at 0940 and I suggest that we gather there to rationalise vehicles and proceed to the RV in convoy.)
(The actual RV is at: 38.264669°N: ° -0.825329°W: ° for those of you using Sat Navs or wishing to look the RV location up on Google Earth.
Lunch: Nothing organised, but we can get a menu del día in Crevillente for those who wish to do so. (I intend to stay for lunch, so if you want a lift from Hondón in my car please bear this in mind.)
Walk Description: This is an interesting walk on a mixture of roads, (small amount) unmade roads and tracks. There is a considerable amount of climbing, and descending, so it is only suitable for those who don’t have any issues with these aspects. The rewards for your efforts are excellent views to both sides of the Sierra Crevillente and a visit to the Peña Negra archaeological site (“One of the most important protohistoric settlements of the Iberian Peninsula, possibly the city of Herna located in the north eastern outskirts of Tartessus.”
It is thought to date from the period IX to VI centuries BCE.) Then we will ascend the ridge via the Barranc dels Corcons following part of the PR-CV 109 until we can see the Nieves end of the Hondón Valley before descending again via Pi de Alivio (joining PR-CV109 again) and further descend to Senda Dolca before returning to Els Pontets
Special Notes: Your walk leader for this walk will be Trevor Knight, many of you will already know Trevor as he frequently walks with us.
Equipment: Good boots, walking poles if you want/need them and your usual water, food if required and personal first aid kit.
Dogs: This walk is suitable for well behaved dogs under owner control. Please consider that the processional caterpillars may still be about though.