Sunday, 4 November 2012

29 Oct 2012 – Alt de Ample

Its great be back walking with the Monday Group again.  We only missed two weeks, but it seemed much longer than that.   Pat and Peter are on holiday this week, but there were still twelve of us for the walk, including Sue.

David led the walk, but he was so busy talking that he missed the large cairn which shows where a track branches off.   It was only when we reached this rather unusual gate that he realised we had extended the walk.
There is not a lot of level walking on this route, so the extension was a great improvement on the original walk, and discovering his error was a good excuse for a banana stop.
The track was pretty overgrown, but the views as always very impressive.   It’s a long time since we last did this walk, and perhaps it is not walked as often as it was.   Or perhaps the hunters, who use it a lot, have found pastures new.   Whatever the reason the track was difficult in parts, particularly for those in shorts.
The relatively short section between climbing up and walking back down provides some of the best views of the Jalon valley running down to the sea.
David looking very impressive and “Moses –like” as he leads his merry band towards the lunch break.
We always have lunch at the same place.   It provides excellent views, but not much shade or cover.  Fortunately today was sunny and warm, but with a cool breeze.   So it was very pleasant.
 We soon found a warm spot out of the wind to share with Sylvia and Ken
 David, Rosemary and Sue opted for a more exposed rock, though Rosemary did abandon it later as the breeze was a little cool.
Tom, Wendy and Barry enjoying  their own spot nearby
 And this is the excellent view we enjoyed with our lunch
 Then it was back downhill again along the winding track.   Just after I took this photo I lost my balance and ended up is the brambles alongside the track.   A few scratches but nothing injured - other than my dignity.

Monday 5 November 2012

Meet in the town car park in Castel de Castells at 1000.    David will be leading again, this time his Arch walk.

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