On Wednesday 17th February 2016 seven members of the Adapt Hill Walking Group met at Cala Cortina on the outskirts of Cartagena at 10 am. After a coffee we set off across the beach to climb the steps leading to the coastal path. This was the steepest and most difficult part of the walk, as the first step was 5 metre above our heads and required some serious scrambling and balancing. Not good if you suffer from vertigo. Once up the steps, there was a wide path up the hillside to Casttilo de San Juan.
The views around and across the bay of Cartagena were terrific. Information was passed about, regarding what we knew of the different areas of the port and surrounding areas. At the summit we entered the fort for the elevated views of the Murcia region, including the beaches of Los Alcazeres to the north, the Sierra Espunas to the west, and Aguilas to the south.
Returning down the path to the port area, we made a short detour to the foot of the large chimney which dominates the headland. Despite their being a substantial metal ladder on the inside of the chimney, no-one took up the challenge of climbing over two hundred feet to the observation platform at the top. We all agreed, that it was a bit too close to lunch time. Once back at he port area, we were able to enjoy the new promenade type walkway along the edge of the bay back to the car park at Cala Cortina.
Those of us who did not have to go off to other things, took refreshment at Cala Cortina beach restaurant. In total the walk was 12 kilometres or 24,500 steps and three and a half hours in duration.