This month’s article could have the subtitle” The Four Corners of the Region of Murcia “or “From sea level to the highest peak”.
We had four WARM walks and three SWARM walks during March and looking at a map we have been to almost the four corners of Murcia. Los Revolcadores in the far Northwest, on the border of Castilla la Mancha and Andalucía. Cabo Cope in the Southwest 17km from the border with Almeria. Ojós in the Northeast and finally San Pedro del Pinatar in the Southeast right near the border with Alicante province. In between all of this we have also had walks in Bullas, Cehegin and Corvera. From the completely flat Salinas at San Pedro del Pinatar and the breath-taking ascent to the highest peak in Murcia. Something for everyone!
A huge thank you to all our walk leaders. We also welcome a new walk leader this month, Diane, who led her first walk in La Murta. It takes a lot of work and preparation to lead a walk, but I guess the first is always special.
This month I am going to focus on two of the walks which I enjoyed for very different reasons- Los Revolcadores and Ojós. The first as it is good to climb the highest peak and the second because of the amazing scenery.
So, firstly, Los Revolcadores, a walk not for the faint hearted. It was a 9am meeting which meant a very early start from our home in Casas Nuevas, it was still dark when we left. We had breakfast near Caravaca with fellow walkers before driving to the village of Inazares. We were led by Juan and It was cold at the start but as there is a long uphill section you soon warm up. We only walked 12km, but we did gain 601m, we started at 1500m and the top was 1,991m (Ben Nevis is 1,345m) but sadly when we got to the top the views were shrouded in mist as on a clear day you can see as far as the Sierra Nevada.
The other fascinating fact about this walk was we had 8 nationalities represented (Spain, Russia, United Kingdom, Japan, Holland, France, Rumania, Philippines). So cosmopolitan! One of our members, Judy, celebrated her 71st birthday by reaching the top, her cake was well deserved.
The second walk was also new for me in the lovely village of Ojós, led by Jessica. It was a SWARM walk and relatively short and flat, but the landscape was absolutely outstanding. Parts of it looked like the scenery in a western film. Walking beside water is always interesting and we did have to cross a rather wobbly bridge.
This is our final month of walks before the summer break.
- Saturday 2nd Caravaca
- Wednesday 6th Calasparra (SWARM)
- Saturday 9th Gebas
- Wednesday 13th Cenajo (SWARM)
- Wednesday 20th Bullas (SWARM)
- Saturday 23rd Moratalla
- Saturday 30th Calasparra
If you want to join us on our walks, please email WARM2005@gmail.com