Day 12: Arriate to Cuevas del Becerro 10k

Day 12 saw a late start as Tom headed for the station with Chica for the 12.50 train. Again, no problem boarding with a dog. The guard even ruffled her ears as he collected the fare. After a quick coffee in Arriate, the trail headed out into the countryside past large chicken sheds, piggeries andContinue reading “Day 12: Arriate to Cuevas del Becerro 10k”

Day 11: Indiana to Arriate 14k

After her two day camping adventure, we gave Chica a day off and once again Merlin stepped into the breach. Also, Synnove, our lovely neighbour here in Jimera was going along for the day. Starting from Indiana and heading towards the city of Ronda, this was gentler country of pasture and olive orchards. The cliffsContinue reading “Day 11: Indiana to Arriate 14k”

Days 9 and 10 Bonacoaz to Indiana via Montejaque 34k

Another glorious day but it took us quite a while to get organised. Tom was determined not to forget anything vital for the first overnighter so it was 10.30 by the time we left. Making our way back to Benacoaz through Ubrique, where Los Alcornacales gives way to the Sierra de Grazalema, the landscape lookedContinue reading “Days 9 and 10 Bonacoaz to Indiana via Montejaque 34k”

Day 8: Cerra de la Fantasia to Benacoaz 16k

Authors note: Because we have had such a long weather delay, I have decided to number only the days that Tom and Chica actually walk otherwise it is going to give a very unrealistic idea of how long it takes. That is why today is Day 8 and the last walking day was originally DayContinue reading “Day 8: Cerra de la Fantasia to Benacoaz 16k”

Los Alcornacales – cork and pork and much, much more.

So far, during this part of the walk, Tom and Chica have been travelling through the unique habitat of Los Alcornacales. We fell in love with this beautiful area the first time we visited back in 2013. As we are rained off at the moment, I thought I’d take the opportunity to research more aboutContinue reading “Los Alcornacales – cork and pork and much, much more.”

Day 7: Jimena de la Frontera to Cerra de la Fantasia 20k

The last two days were non-walking days, one for bad weather and another to move base again. Now we have the luxury of being in a house for a while in Jimera de Libar, a village we know well. So the day started with the drive back to Jimena and the weather looked reasonable. Again,Continue reading “Day 7: Jimena de la Frontera to Cerra de la Fantasia 20k”

Day 6: Castillo de Castellar to Jimena de la Frontera 22k

Today was the longest walk so far and didn’t actually start until late as we decided to shift base. By the time we had the caravan installed on a site in Jimena de la Frontera and I’d driven Tom and Chica back to Castillar it was 2pm. Chica was obviously refreshed after her day offContinue reading “Day 6: Castillo de Castellar to Jimena de la Frontera 22k”

Day 5: Castillo de Castellar (new town) to Castillo de Castellar (old town and castle) 14k

After his adventure yesterday, Merlin was up early this morning bounding around shouting ” Me! Me! Me!” Chica opened one eye (she’s not good in the morning) and made it clear that she was happy for him to deputise for her today. She had a lie-in while Tom and Merlin headed back up to CastillarContinue reading “Day 5: Castillo de Castellar (new town) to Castillo de Castellar (old town and castle) 14k”

Day 4: Los Barrios to Castillo de Castellar 15k

In complete contrast to yesterday, this morning there was a clear blue sky – a truly glorious day. We all set off together for the first mile or two but when I turned to go, Merlin dug his paws in and and absolutely refused to come with me. So he carried on with Tom andContinue reading “Day 4: Los Barrios to Castillo de Castellar 15k”

Day 3: Embalse de Almodovar to Los Barrios 20k

This was the first cold and cloudy morning we’ve had since we arrived in Tarifa – a bit of a shock! The lack of wind, which is a rarity here, meant that all the wind turbines were motionless – like silent sentinels guarding the the hills. We reached the start point (What Three Words location:Continue reading “Day 3: Embalse de Almodovar to Los Barrios 20k”