1: The Somerset Levels: walking with Chica…

Although Chica started life in Andalusia in Spain, most of her five years have been spent in Somerset UK. Somerset is large county (by UK standards) in the South-west of England which many people just drive through to reach the more popular holiday destinations of Devon and Cornwall. The exception being the annual influx ofContinue reading “1: The Somerset Levels: walking with Chica…”

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 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 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”

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”