International Podenco Day

Chica says it’s a very special day for her today. It’s International Podenco Day and that it exists at all says something about the recognition that these wonderful dogs are finally getting after being ‘the forgotten dogs of Spain’ for so long. We knew nothing about them until we got Chica and now we loveContinue reading “International Podenco Day”

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 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”

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 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)”