25th May 2016

IMG_3896On Wednesday 25th May, we met in El Algar, before driving to the start of our walk from the railway station in La Union. The drivers were warned that this would involve driving a convoluted route along some narrow one way streets. All agreed that they would never have found the station as a meeting point.
Starting of at 11am we climbed through the mining park and remains of the mine workings which have been restored to give display of the mining processes. Reaching the miners chapel we turned right, to climb to the ridge and miners path which eventually leads to Portman.
From the ridge there were some good views of the industrial landscape. and farming areas of the Murcia region.
Comments were made regarding a previous ADAPT presentation from a visiting speaker regarding the fish pens offshore from Portman, and what effect the mining pollution had caused, or was still causing to fish stocks .
We continued along the ridge past the large wind turbines. One of the turbines was undergoing some repair. We now know that the maintenance crews do not have to climb a ladder to the top.
Each wind turbine has an internal lift, with a ladder as a back up. ( Or for the super energetic ?)
A gradual decent to the old road which is still marked on the maps, It was formerly a road from La Union to Portman, but no longer accessible for public use. This is a bit of a mystery, as it is a wide road in a good state of repair complete with road signs and centre white lines. Far better that many other roads in the area. After a quick bite for lunch, it was a fairly level walk back to the station.
The total walk was 3 hours.

Tim Clarke

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