Adapt San Pedro

Our November Walk

Fifteen of us gathered outside Espinosa at 10.00 am., on another glorious Spanish November day.  The wind which had plagued us and brought the temperatures down earlier in the week, had left us and I actually completed the walk bare armed.

I welcomed three new members to our group and we set off at a cracking pace which was soon brought to a halt, as we had lots of stragglers.  We let them catch up and set off again.  We did lose Keith and Bernie who decided to drive to our coffee stop and meet us there, after a rather late night, the night before.  Shame on you, but well done for getting up early, the spirit was willing but the flesh was very weak!

We seemed to get to Encarnacion very quickly, although it did take us about an hour and a quarter in reality, but lots of chatting along the way made the walk a doddle.  Lots of chatting on the way back too and our walk was finished before we knew it.  Our distance covered was about five miles

Brenda

Rambling

Pauling Nichols will be leading the Walk on Saturday 11th August 2017. They will meet at the flamenco roundabout, San Pedro, and walk to the windmills depending on fitness levels then coffee in Lo Pagan.

Walk Saturday 8th October 2016

We will meet 10.00 am at Dry River Bed- Calle Denia , Pilar de la Horadada.
Walk is Dry River Bed, Pilar de la Horadada to Port la Torre.
Directions to walk start. Come off N332 towards Pilar de la Horadada CV925 by Carrefour supermarket. Pass House of Asia on the left. Turn right at the traffic lights, Caracolas Restaurant in front of you. This is Avendia Felipe VI. Go along to Calle Denia turn right and park. River bed is in front of you.
We will walk down the river bed to the sea. Then turn left and go along the sandy beach for five minutes then back on walkway to Port la Torre.
Time approximately 45 minutes.
Two cafes ( or delicious ice cream ) mmmmmmmm.
Cafes / Heladaria are El Puerto or Galan.
Then return to cars.
Total time two hours.

Walk Saturday 10th September 2016

If you have walked with us before, the first thing you will notice is that we are all going directly to the start point and meeting there. The start point is on the promenade at Los Narejos, in front of the Kite surfing bar.

Directions; From our meeting place in San Pedro, join the AP7 motorway in the direction of Cartagena and come off at junction 786 signposted Los Narejos and Los Alcazares.

The exit slip road takes you over a bridge and down and on to a roundabout. Go straight ahead at the roundabout which means going under the multicoloured arches. Keep going to the bottom of the road. Approx. 1.6 kims.

Carry straight on over the roundabout (you will see the Saturday street market on your right hand side) keep going until you can go no further and you will see the Neuva Ribera Beach Club on your left. (Pink coloured buildings) The kite surfing bar is on the turning circle in front of you.

Park anywhere around here.

Although the walk is all on the flat and down the promenade, please ensure you wear comfortable shoes or sandals, use your sun cream liberally, bring water to drink and bring your hat if you wear one, because it’s going to be hot!

Our destination for our coffee break is L’Encarnation. If you haven’t been before, you should find it very interesting.

My mobile number if needed is 965073083.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

Last walk of the Season

 

May 14th 2016

Rambling Group Dehesa de Campoamor to La Zenia

DSCN0975Seventeen Adapt Members turned up for our second coastal walk of the season, this blue flag coastline is rated as one of the most scenic, and is a popular and desirable holiday location with well cared for and maintained beaches.

From the Consum car park we made our way to the  cliff top promenade which overlooks the Mediterranean, from here we had stunning views   of the coastline.  Steps took us down to the coastal trail which runs parallel   between the coastline and the beach.   This “Agua Marina”  coastal area is  important and the 500 mtr. trail  path is roped off to protect the Flora and rare indigenous species and the Fossilized Beach which contains a great many mussel fossils.

Switching from the coastal trail,  beaches,  promenades and cliff top paths we made our way along the lower cliff face paths, where there is  dangerous evidence of Coastal Erosion and rock undercutting.  Unusual rock formations have been etched into the rock by the rain and sea and very large chunks of fallen rock can be seen spread along part of the pedestrian walkways.  Safety for walkers and holiday makers is taken very seriously by local authorities; they have erected  fences over large areas  well away from the cliff edges.

We then made our way to the beaches of  Playa de Cala Capitan where several walkers stopped for drinks and others carried on to our destination the “La Mirada Restaurant“ on Playa de la  Zenia,

For the return journey we kept mainly to the beaches, where  we saw even more evidence of rock erosion.  The lower path took us to Cabo Roig’s Marina which has several bars and restaurants, it’s also popular with the water sports enthusiasts;  canoes, speed boats, and wind surfing equipment  can be hired from the Marina.  Wooden steps took us from the marina beach to the cliff top path, from here we  made our way to the walk start point. An interesting building  we passed was the  Ministerio de Defensa  barracks which is still active.  At the end of the walk there were several restaurants where  tapas, bocadillos and hot meals were available.  A good day had by all.

This leisurely 12km  walk took us around 3 hours, the weather was kind to us windy, dry and sunny.

This is the last walk of the season, our next walk is in September.

Peter Holmes

Next Walk
Saturday May 14th 2016

Coastal Walk   –  Dehesa de Campoamor  –  La Zenia

 

We will depart from the Flamingo Roundabout San Pedro at 9.30 am.

 

Directions for those that wish to meet at the walk starting point for the 10am start.

 

Heading north from San Pedro  on the N332, turn off at the Exit Sign  Dehesa De Campoamor.  As you are nearing this exit slip road you will see high on your right hand side a large HOTEL GOLF and CARREFOUR sign.  Follow the slip road around to the roundabout and park up in the Consum Supermarket  Carpark.

 

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Heading South from Torrevieja on the N332, turn off at the Exit Sign Dehesa de Campoamor.  As you are nearing the exit slip road you will see in front of you a car access bridge and high on the left a large HOTEL GOLF sign.  Follow the slip road to the roundabout and take the 3rd  exit and drive over the bridge .  Park up in the Consum Supermarket Capark.

 

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We have a short walk from the supermarket to a clifftop promenade from where   steps  will take us down  to a coastal trail which runs between the coastline and beach.    We will switch from clifftop paths where there is severe  evidence of coastal erosion  and the many beaches reaching our destination the La Mirada Restaurant  overlooking the Playa de la Zenia beach.

 

This walk of 5 miles taking 3 hours is not difficult mainly made paths several stops on our route, some of the paths are stoney so wear good walking shoes. Several stops will be made on route.

 

Pete Holmes

Hills of Orihuela

On March 12th sixteen   Adapt members made the 25 km drive heading inland to  “The Vistabella Golf 12.3.16-2Club” north of San Miguel in  Orihuela, meeting at the club house terrace  for pre walk drinks.   From the terrace we had a good view of our destination the lower hills  towering over the golf course given the name by the locals “ Two Trees Hills “.

 

Our route started from the clubhouse on a flat stoney path and  took us around part of the perimeter of the golf course.  Over many years water running from the hillside had cut deep crevices into the rock running parallel to our taken route. The rugged path narrowed and snaked through a high cliff pass,  we then had a  slow gradual  incline up  to one of the peaks giving good views of the lower valleys and distance mountains.  The flat track narrowed for twenty minutes  then  we reached the hill peak   and the foot of the “Cabezo
12.3.16-1Redondo” a conical mound with what looked like a concrete chimney pot on the top, there was a National Graphical high point plaque set in the concrete.  We rested up for 20 minutes taking in the stunning 360 degree panoramic views  of  La Mata salt lakes, Algorfa, La Finca Golf Course,  Guardamar and  many more points of interest.

 

Our return journey took us on a   downward path through the valley and a dense pine forest.  Surrounded by pine trees we reached the lovely Catholic Church at Benijuzar, unfortunately there was no access to the church as workmen were repairing the entrance steps.  From the church we continued through the pine valley which opened up into a more rugged area with cliffs either side.  A forty five minute  walk  along a narrow road took us to the back of the golf course and then on to the clubhouse restaurant where  snacks, tapas,  bocadillos and hot meals  were  available.

 

The weather was good to us dry with a slight breeze which was ideal for walking, the  7 mile walk took us 3.5 hours.

 

I would  like to thank two of our members George and Jean Watson for all there help  in organising and leading the walk.

 

There is no walk in April.

 

Pete  Holmes

 

 

The Hills of Jacarilla  Orihuela.

On Saturday 12th  March  2016 we will depart from the Flamingo Roundabout San Pedro at 9.00 am.Your 25 km  journey will take about 35 minutes to the walk starting point.

 

Directions for those that wish to meet at the walk starting point for the 10.00 am start.

 

Take the N332 north and Exit roundabout San Miguel cv941.    This roundabout is opposite the Wok House Restaurant.

 

When you reach San Miguel  carry on straight ahead through the traffic lights taking a right at the church square, then left and straight through the town.  As you exit the town take the right hand turn signed for Bigrasto cv95, follow this road past Pets World, past the left hand turn for Torremendo, further down the road you can see a large green hoarding for the Vistabella golf course, take the right hand  ( very sharp ) turn on to the cv945 at the roundabout take the 2nd exit and carry on straight to the top of the urbanisation going straight ahead at the various roundabouts to reach the Vistalella Golf   clubhouse.  There is plenty of parking spaces available.

 

WALK DETAILS

 

The walk is mainly stoney and rugged underneath, good walking boots are essential.  Bring a stick with you if you have one.

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From the golf course it is flat followed by a slow steady incline to a hillside viewpoint where we will stop for
20 minutes, you have 360 degree views of the salt lakes, Algorfa, Guardamar and more points of interest.  On the downward path we have good views of the valley.  Depending how we all feel from the viewpoint we can extend the walk to visit the lovely church at Benijuzar.   The walk will take about 2.5 hours, but, add on half an hour to see the church.

 

At the end of our walk we will make our way to the clubhouse restaurant, snacks, tapas,  bocaddillos and hot meals  are available.

 

Pete  Holmes

 

 

The Tajo-Segura Trasvase / Water Transfer Canal

ram3ADAPT RAMBLING     Saturday 13th  February 2016

Thirty Two members made there way to  the outskirts of Pilar de la Horadada for our first walk of the season.  From the Los Garcias bridge on the cv925 we made our way along a small  part of the Tajo-Segura Trasvase / Water Transfer Canal.

 

One of the most ambitious projects started   in the 60’s  was called the “Tajo-Segura Trasvase” and intended to take water from the river Tajo which is the biggest in Iberia.  Water is pumped  south from the most southern part of Albacete into the Segura.  The water is  transferred  400 km south  via a systems of reservoirs, pipes, pumping stations and  canals.

 

A network was constructed leading from the Orihuela branch of the canal to carry the water to a new reservoir  of La Pedrera.  Water is then transferred into canals and  snakes southeast to the village of San Miguel and winds its way through the hills around Villamartin and inland of Campoamor until reaching the outskirts of  Pilar de la Horadada.

 

Along the first km of our canal route we observed vast orange orchards, a pumping station, views of the “Lo Romero” golf club range and a complicated lookingram2 sluice gate. Crossing over one   of the many canal bridges we made our way inland passing one of the largest Sheep Rearing enclosures in Orihuela,  orange and olive  groves, agricultural land and  plastic greenhouses which are used mainly for the growing of flowers.

 

As if there’s not enough already large areas of land has been reploughed ready for the planting of even more young orange trees.  Roads and lanes which made our walk more comfortable  have been  built linked to the canal road  to give access for the farmers and  the workers in the large plastic greenhouses.

 

Making our way back to our walk start point we had a short stroll along the canal and then crossed a second  bridge which  led   to another section of the sheep     enclosure, a goat farm and large villas guarded by unfriendly dogs.  The weather was very good to us, a clear dry day with a light breeze, good views were also had of the Mar Menor strip.  The  walk of  6 km  took  2.5 hours.

 

At the end of our walk we had a five minute drive to the “Lo Romero Golf Course” where we rested up on the  restaurant terrace overlooking the Golf Course.  Snacks, tapas and made to order bocaddillos were  available.  A nice day out  enjoyed by all.

 

Our next walk on March 12th is to the Hillsides of Jacarilla in Orihuela

 

Pete Holmes.

Guardamar Del Segura’s Pine Forest, Rivers & Canals
November 14th 2015

Eleven  members including new to the group Carol and Jon headed north on the N322 to Guardamar Del Segura which is located next to the mouth of the River Segura overlooking a long beach boarded by a large expanse of sand dunes and Pine Forest.  The “Dunas De Guardamar” forest parklands running parallel to the coast  are  covered with pine and eucalyptus covering over 800 hectars.

Once parked up next to “Marjal Campsite” Sue led off for our 4.5 mile circular walk.  She make  our way alongside the smaller of the two Segura Rivers, these rivers are popular with  English anglers because of its unique location and wild carp.  Man made Irrigation canals can be seen  running  into the  Segura,  they  are  controlled via sluice gates  by the local farmers.  Sadly most of them they are poorly maintained and full of debris and plastic bottles.

After a short walk along the river  path we were in view of the Dune’s Pine Forest which is unique and  becomes a different world when you step into it. Climbing  steadily for 30 minutes we reached the top of the highest dune  ridge from which  we had good views of the surrounding forest and the Mediterranean Sea.=d the open sea.

Ramble 1After a short break we  crossed over the smaller river via one of the bridges, we now had  fantastic views  of the  larger river.    For the twitchers in the group this was an opportunity to see   Herons, flocks of Cormorants,  Little Egrets, numerous species of Ducks and Kingfishers of which three were spotted by Gary.   The only other wildlife to be seen were the  groups of wild cats and one rabbit.

We continued walking  parallel to the main Segura  for about twenty minutes ,  then  turned inland  on a circular path  taking  us  through agricultural land, fruit orchards, olive trees and irrigation canals.  We made our way back to the smaller of the two rivers via one of these  canal paths , after a short walk we reached our car park.  After our 2.5 hour walk we made our way to the  “The Marial Campsite”  which is one of the most  modern tourist complexes on the Mediterranean, it  has a restaurant and social bar and   ”Menu Del Dias”.  We settled on the outside terrace for our well earned drinks.

Peter Holmes