#413 The El Cid Mountain Walk

El Cid WalkWalk Ref #413    The El Cid Mountain Walk
Dates and Times: Good Friday, 25th March 2016   Start Time:     10.00am (meet 09.45)
Distances:  10.5Km     Height gain: 720m    Est’d Duration: 4-5 hours.
Est’d Difficulty*: Quite Demanding!

RV Location: The initial meeting point is just off Junction 205 of the A31 by Elda. Going north exit the A31 and follow the slip road down and to the left, then take the RH turn just before the bridge.

There is a notice board on the verge with info please gather there. Going South go under the A31 at Jct 205 and take the LH turn just after the bridge.
SAT NAV : N: 38.473352° W: -0.771020°

If you meet me there at 0945 I will lead you to the start of the walk. The RV for the start of the walk is more difficult to find, but is at N: 38.475391° W: -0.746125° for those who want to proceed directly.

Lunch: I am not planning one because it will be Good Friday, a fiesta day, so there will be no menu del días available. However, we can stop off somewhere for a drink and tapas if people want on the day.

Walk Description:  This is a circular walk with a considerable height gain of 720m and an actual altitude differential between the start and the summit of 490m, which will be achieved in the first 3.2Km of the walk. The entire first 7 Km of ascent and descent is on rough, loose surface, tracks or dry and, sometimes, eroded dry stream beds, only the last 4Km is on tarmac.

This is not a walk for the faint hearted or for anyone who struggles on one of our moderate walks. However, if you are up for it the views are well worth the effort and as this is a Spanish Munro (a mountain over 3,000ft, 910m) getting to the top is a worthwhile achievement in its own right.
Special Notes: I can offer three seats from HDLF, first come first served!
Equipment: Boots with ankle support recommended, but good treads essential. Your personal water and first aid kits. Walking poles if you use them
Dogs:  As much of the walk is on single file tracks this walk is not really suitable for dogs even under owner control, but if you must then dogs at the back on leads for the first 7Km.

Regards, Philip