Day 24: Camp site* to Arenas del Rey and beyond 17k

Woke this morning to find hoar frost on inner and outer of the tent fly sheet. Porridge made for a warming breakfast along with strong coffee and parrots (sic. He means paracetamol. Ed). As I was packing up, I was joined by marauding dogs, two of which decided to follow me all day to theContinue reading “Day 24: Camp site* to Arenas del Rey and beyond 17k”

Day 23: Alhama de Granada to camp position* 10k

Although Chica is much better and Merlin a very willing substitute, the forecast suggested quite high daytime temperatures so we decided it was best that I do a stretch on my own to try and make up lost time. I caught the early train from Jimera to Granada where I got a tram to theContinue reading “Day 23: Alhama de Granada to camp position* 10k”

Day 22: El Robedal to Alhama de Granada (including emergency car ride) 10k

I woke as the sun hit the tent and Chica sat outside soaking up the warmth while I had a leisurely breakfast and packed up. It was 11ish before we set off up the track. More evidence of sap bleeding before we came across some processionary caterpillars on the march. We know about these nastyContinue reading “Day 22: El Robedal to Alhama de Granada (including emergency car ride) 10k”

Day 21: Ventas de Zaffaraya to El Robedal camping area 15k

After a relaxing day off in Zaffaraya, Day 21 dawned fair and after breakfast of tostada and jam, we headed out of town on the dismantled railway track. This nice, level start was welcome before the climb up into the hills in holm oaks, later descending into farmland, mostly vegetable cultivation – artichokes and courgettesContinue reading “Day 21: Ventas de Zaffaraya to El Robedal camping area 15k”

Day 20: Alfarnatejo to Ventas de Zaffaraya 18k (inc deviation)

We had a very long but really enjoyable day today. Unfortunately, I took a wrong turn early on, which meant a lot more mileage and hill climbing to get back to where we should have been. However, it was interesting and I got to meet lots of people including a chap from Derbyshire who gaveContinue reading “Day 20: Alfarnatejo to Ventas de Zaffaraya 18k (inc deviation)”

Day 18: Villenueva de Cauche to Riogrande 22k

After good night’s sleep under the crag, we woke to find ourselves in thick cloud so didn’t rush to get going. To save water, I brewed a small coffee, gave Chica her quota and had a muesli bar for breakfast. I packed up between bouts of light rain and we set off at 10am withContinue reading “Day 18: Villenueva de Cauche to Riogrande 22k”

Day 17: Antequera to Villanueva de Cauche 18K

Up at sparrow’s fart and actually managed to catch the 7.28am train. Yet again, no problem taking a dog on the train but, unlike Merlin, Chica really didn’t like it. She sat on my lap and trembled for over an hour. Only just before we got off, did she settle. Then we encountered our firstContinue reading “Day 17: Antequera to Villanueva de Cauche 18K”

Day 15 & 16: East of Ardeles to Valle de Abdajalis 28k

Day 15 After a good night’s kip, we were up at 8am as it started getting light. A strong breeze had all the turbines on the surrounding hills earning their keep. Merlin is now getting into the camping vibe and suggested the walk should be temporarily renamed Merlin’s Mission! Eventually, after taking time over breakfastContinue reading “Day 15 & 16: East of Ardeles to Valle de Abdajalis 28k”

Days 13 and 14: Cuevas del Becerro to east of Ardeles* 32k

Authors note: As Tom is now having to send me the details of his walk, it seems better to write in his voice – so that is what I have done here. Considerable pondering this morning over whether I should take Chica or Merlin. Chica seemed fine but this was going to be a fourContinue reading “Days 13 and 14: Cuevas del Becerro to east of Ardeles* 32k”