On Wednesday 23rd March, five members and two new members met up at the Murcia Pass. We car shared to Alhama de Murcia, where we started our walk at 11am from the town into the Sierra de la Muela.
Our outward journey was along the marked route GR252.1 Camino de la Vera Cruz de San Lazario, a distance of 9km. The first 4km being a steep zig-zag climb up the valley side to 513 metres altitude at the Scout Association Hostal and the Mirador de la Muela. (A height gain of 450 metres from our cars). In this area the ground was covered in millipedes, so many that it was difficult to avoid a few casualties.
All the way there were terrific views of the Murcia region as far as Lorca and Mazarron. En route there was talk of possible cures and relief for Asthma. Was this anything to do with the effort required in the climb?
Continuing down the other side of the ridge, we eventually stopped for our packed lunches at 1.30pm. After refreshment we set off again along the level road alongside of the irrigation canal to Cerro de la Atalaya.
Our return was along the 13km route Senda del Rento back up the hillside through the trees to a height of 625 metres, though this was a much more gradual ascent than previously.
One of our new members translated the many information signs outlining the terraced erosion controls, the flora and fauna in the area as well as the controlled hunting of deer and partridge.
Once back on the ridge, we could see the sheer drops off the cliffs and terraced areas more clearly. We descended along the winding forestry road beneath the cliffs back into Alhama, finishing at 4.45pm
Quite a long walk, but well worth the effort.
Total distance 22 klm with a climb of 775 metres. Unfortunately there are no photographs, or exact statistics, as two of our regular walkers were unable to attend.