Thursday Explorers – New U3A Walking Group

 

photo 1 - webOn 15 October there were six of us for the first walk, which was from Castells de Castell to the Rock Arches. At 12km and 400 metre ascent this was pretty typical of the type of walk we offer.   One of the group was new to this type of walking, and enjoyed it enough to come back for more.   We completed the walk in five hours, which included a picnic lunch and a couple of water stops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo 2 - web29 October was the second walk, and this time there were seven of us.   This included two new members to the group.   One was an experienced hill walker, the other was new to it.   Again we had excellent walking weather, and again everyone enjoyed the walk. This week was the Fossil Walk from Pinos.   So called because David (who led the walk) found a very small fossil when we did the recce a few years ago.  This time it was 9.5 km and 325 metre ascent.   The terrain was a little rougher, making the walk seem longer than it was. It took just under five hours, which again included regular stops to admire the scenery.

 

 

photo 3 - web5 November was our third walk, seven of us again.   This week was Juvees de Alt (a deserted village) from Benimaurell.   It was our longest walk yet, and again we were lucky with excellent walking weather.   This walk was 13 km and 560 meter ascent (including quite a bit of descent).   It took just under six hours.   It was a long walk, but easier than it sounds.   It starts with a long climb down to the valley on mosaribic paths, followed by a good path up to the village.   Then a long gradual walk on a very good path. The views are excellent, making it a very enjoyable walk.

 

 

We are very pleased that the group has made such a good start, and that everyone enjoyed the walking so much.   We could use a few more regular walkers, to maintain the numbers when members are in UK or on holiday.

From comments received it would appear that some prospective walkers are put off by the day long walk, and perhaps a little nervous about tackling a longer walk than they are used to.   Both of the new members who have not done such walking before confirm that they have enjoyed the experience and look forward to more in the future.

So if you would like to join us and experience for yourself some excellent walking in good company and at a moderate pace you will be made very welcome.

For more information contact Paul or Jan -  Email:   paulleniston@hotmail.com    Telephone:   966405335

published November 2015