This week only two guests were staying and walking with us – Hazel and Colin from Yorkshire. They were great walking companions and although they did not have the opportunity to chat to lots of other walkers we seemed to do pretty well amongst the 4 of us, with Hazel and Colin entertaining us with some anecdotes of walks and times spent working in America – they were even polite enough to chuckle at some of my rubbishy jokes!
We started our walking on the El Somo Circuit
It’s a great walk with views of the Aixorta in the background
With some great flowers along the way – like this wild Sweet-Pea
After the first section it’s a quick banana break
Then onwards and upwards through the pine wood
Then down into the first of the 2 valleys with Bolulla Castle far left and the Bernia peeping out far right
As we travel down into the valley the sea views open up to the Bay of Altea
Scarlet Red Poppies line the way
As well as many other wonderful flowers
Of all colours and shapes
Including this perfect Yellow Bee Orchid
It has been a great walk on a lovely day.
On day 2 we walk from Casa Carrascal to Coll de Rates
Pasing Pyramidal Orchids on the way
Before ascending two Barrancos
Then it’s downhill all the way with spectacular views of Parcent and the distant coastline,
Day 3 is alittle cloudier – we are walking the Caballo Verde with the 2000 Steps
On the way up we admire some Rusty Foxgloves
It takes about 40 mins to reach the ridge, then we walk the full length before stopping for lunch.
It’s then off along the sweeping broad track
With great views of the valley and gorge
We start our descent into the gorge
The ancient trail weaves its way through the gorge
Then it’s the hard part going up – with a few stops for phoo opps
Ellie and Charlie watch with interest.
It has been a great walk of about 15k – Ellie (our new dog) has really found her mountain legs!
Our next walk is Smuggler’s Cove – it starts with a section a little like an English counrty lane
It’s then down into the Barranco
Hazel’s really getting the hang of this rock hopping!
We reach the blue waters of the cove – it is just amazing
And after a short break to watch the waves crash in
We start the ascent to the under-cliff
Ocassionaly glancing down to admire the views
Once on the level we walk under the cliff admiring the views out to sea
Until we reach the end of our walk
Our final walk of the week is the Bernia
We set off on a beautiful morning
Before starting the ascent Charlie has a bit of a splash in the font
Ellie has a more delicate approach!
Then it’s off up the mountain
Fortunately Hazel and Colin are very sure-footed as the climb has a couple of scrambles
There is just time for a short break (even I sit down sometimes!)
Before the final push
There is just time to admire the wonderful views
A quick photo opp at the tunnel
Then it’s through to the other side – here we see Colin doing the “shuffle”
Whilst Hazel employs the “crab” technique
Once through Hazel and Colin pose contentedly
Colin celebrates with a “Mammy” impression!
We admire the views
Then set off along the far side across the scree slopes
Through some amazing rock formations
Then we kick on to our lunch spot
The 16th Century castle
Then it’s on to Echo Valley
Quite spectacular! – It has been a great week and we have thoroughly enjoyed the company of Hazel and Colin and hope we can do more walks with them in the future either here in Spain or on the Moors in Yorkshire!