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 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 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”

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 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”