Day 34 and the end of the trail – for now!

It all happened so fast! Last week we were happily planning the next section of the route. The next thing we knew, the caravan site had closed its gates. At first, the lovely owner said we could still walk or move to another site, but it soon became clear this was not the case. SpainContinue reading “Day 34 and the end of the trail – for now!”

Day 33: Trevelez to Timar 13k

A long hike steadily upward and across the hillside this morning through pines. A lovely trail with a large leat/watercourse at half height contouring around hillside. High pastures with cows being watered by sprays fed from above. Once over the top I was in strong sunshine on vast scrub hillside with grasses, herbs, small flowersContinue reading “Day 33: Trevelez to Timar 13k”

Day 32: Trevelez to Busquistar 12k

Trevelez is the next place on the route after Busquistar but it is a long trek from the camp site. Gill is more a lark than an owl so we decided I’d do this backwards (!) starting at Trevelez and walking back to Busquistar giving a shorter drive in the evening. Looking at the map,Continue reading “Day 32: Trevelez to Busquistar 12k”

Day 30: Canar to Bubion 12k

I had quite a job talking Gill into driving back to Canar this morning but she found it less alarming the second time. Quite a relief, I really didn’t fancy walking up! So with Chica and Merlin in tow, we set off into the hills shortly to meet up with a German chap just packingContinue reading “Day 30: Canar to Bubion 12k”

Day 29: Lanjaron to Canar 8k

Bit of a slow start today so not on route until midday. With both Chica and Merlin in tow we left Lanjaron up through narrow cobbled alleys and tracks to high above the town. We passed through pine forest and out into open grasslands which reminded me of the top of Exmoor, though no doubtContinue reading “Day 29: Lanjaron to Canar 8k”

Day 28: Niguelas to Lanjaron 19k

Authors note: With Chica seemingly recovered, we finally left Jimera on Sunday and took the caravan over to Orgiva, a town in the Alpajaras area below the Sierra Nevada. After a day to reorientate, Tom is back on the trail taking Merlin to give Chica one more recovery day. Gill dropped us off on theContinue reading “Day 28: Niguelas to Lanjaron 19k”

Sweet Home Jimera

On Sunday, we said goodbye to what has become our second home in Spain. It is three years since we spent more than a few days here and we remember now why we fell in love with the area in the first place. Jimera de Libar is one of the numerous pueblos blancos (white villages)Continue reading “Sweet Home Jimera”

Day 26 & 27: Jayena (El Bacal) to Albunuelas 32k

Another perfect morning and I took my time, re-lighting the fire to defrost both me and my socks. Ate my porridge and set off at 10.30 through more of the same as yesterday: up hills through the pines and down dry river valleys (probably good kayaking to be had here when it finally rains enough).Continue reading “Day 26 & 27: Jayena (El Bacal) to Albunuelas 32k”

Day 25: Arenas del Rey (Rio Anales) to Jayena (El Bacal) 16k

As I woke in the morning, I was greeted by a couple of squirrels who ran by the tent, up a little tree and gawked at me. Clearly, not convinced about what they saw, they did another circuit and came back for second look. No doubt, this wouldn’t have happened if Chica had been withContinue reading “Day 25: Arenas del Rey (Rio Anales) to Jayena (El Bacal) 16k”