It was our last walking group of the season and we welcomed Jane, Margaret, Katie, Yvonne, Felicity, Angela, Glynis and Malcolm who was a little outnumbered by the ladies – lucky man! And what a nice group they were, a very relaxed bunch who really enjoyed their walking and kept us entertained in the mountains – and from the volume of laughter drifting in from the dinning room each night – themselves too!
We set off on our first walk the El Somo Circuit
Soon we were starting the first ascent
Stopping briefly for a photo opportunity in front of the Aixorta
Then it’s onward and upward
Into the first valley
Following the track down to Bollula Castle
Enjoying the great views on the way
From there we head along “Tankat”
Time for another group photo opp
We admire some Sawfly Orchids on our homeward journey
Then it’s back to the start-point dogs and all, with everyone looking please with their efforts
Our second walk of the week is the most challenging – 15km and almost 1000m of ascent – they all look pretty fresh and relaxed now – let’s see how they look in 5 hours time!
Off we go, ascending the old Mozarabic trail
Stopping briefly for a water break
Then it’s climbing higher along the ridge
After a well earned lunch we walk along the broad track
With wonderful views of the gorge
Continuing along the track for about 4km
We then start our descent into the Barranca
Almost 1000 steps down
Then a section on the level
Meandering down to the dry river bed
Before starting the long pull up
The girls still have a spring in their step and a smile on their faces
And after about 1000 steps and 20 levels up we reach the top – to everyone’s relief!
It’s a great walk and everyone gains a huge amount of satisfaction in completing it – we all celebrate in the appropriate manner at the local bar!
Our 3rd walk is straight from the Casa
It’s the Coll de Rates via Barranca Negro with great views of Parcent
The happy band stop to pose before starting the upward climb!
The first ascent takes us to a level plain
Then it’s off along the broad track, then up to the Coll
The views from the top are amazing
Then after lunch we work our way down the Mozarabic trail
Back to the village of Parcent
Our 4th walk takes us to the coast
Where we rock-hop our way down the dry river bed
The girls displaying excellent balance
Katie (our deputy leader) is first to arrive
We sit a while and watch the boats go by
Then one last rock-hop (a big one!) for a group photo
Then we all set off up the under-cliff
Well nearly all of us – Felicity decides to catch some rays on the beach
The rest of us enjoy the views over the bay
We reach the cave and catch our breath
Then it’s the final scramble to the top
The views are fantastic
We then stride out along the coastal path
And catch one last photo before our return
The final walk took us to the Bernia range
We start the climb and follow the meandering single track
Then it’s a scramble
We rest briefly before the final push to the Forrat
The tunnel that takes us through the mountain
That opens up to a large cavern
With wonderful views towards the Bay of Altea
Then we follow the track over the scree slopes
Over the dramatic rock formations
A brief break for a wave and photo
Then onward towards our lunch spot
After a bit of nourishment it’s homeward bound
Through the final valley and back to our start point.
It’s been a great week and we have thoroughly enjoyed showing Jane, Margaret, Katie, Yvonne, Felicity, Angela, Glynis and Malcolm the mountains – they have been fabulous company and great fun.
They also very kindly presented us with a wonderful bouquet – a great end to our walking season.