This is my final contribution this season in what has been a year without any group walks. The end of the state of alarm has relaxed some of the rules and you can now meet 6 people outdoors. We need more relaxation before we can walk as a WARM group or a more creative approach with staggered start times. Fingers crossed.
I recently asked members who use our Facebook page to tell me about their favourite walks. Our President Jessica chose the Caves of Zaen and two of our walkers did the very same walk last week. As you can see, they had a well-deserved glass of fizz at the summit. Jess said, “The views from the caves are incredible and until you get there, they’re invisible -a complete surprise and unique.”
Yvonne chose the Embalse de Cenajo and commented “It had varied scenery – river, forest, viaduct, farm fields and the history about Franco’s dam was interesting. At the end we convened at the ecohotel, where the viewpoint was stunning. The walk was mainly flat, around 9km, with good paths, so it was perfect for enjoying all the scenery!”
Martin chose the Four Hills Walk and explained “I like the physical challenge of the climb to the ridge of the hills that form part of the route. Along the ridge the 360-degree views are spectacular.”
Richard posted “Just a walk up the side of San Miguel Mountain in Calasparra brings you to the Ermita. Once at the top, the views are spectacular over the town and surrounding countryside.” This isn’t a walk I know, so look forward to it being part of a future programme.
Tim liked the change of scenery from his coastal home “I enjoyed the Moratalla Campsite Walk, with swimming in natural pools.”
We are truly blessed in Murcia to enjoy an amazing range of scenery which makes for an interesting walk programme year after year. As well as enjoying the physical challenge, we all enjoy the social aspects of getting together, often sharing a picnic or a more formal meal together.
We are just refreshing our membership list and here are some of the comments.
“I look forward to seeing old friends again sometime in the future.”
“Looking forward to joining in with a group walk again.”
“My walking boots are ready to start when we get the programme.”
“The chance to spend time with the wonderful walking group called WARM.”
“Looking forward to some gentle walks with lovely folk.”
Finally, I cannot finish this piece without saying a huge thank you to Jessica, our retiring President. She has walked with the group since the early days and was there at the very start of WARM becoming a formal body. She helped me immensely in my first year as secretary and we have continued to work together behind the scenes this year. She is such a kind caring person and makes everyone feel welcome and part of the group. A huge pair of boots to fill!!