Foothills of El Grejo

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Summary

This walk involves simply following the track for as far as you want to and then turning back to retrace your steps. This walk has fantastic views Relevant maps

Cartografia Militar de España Serie L. Escala 1:50,000 Sheet xxxx and yyyy

Mapa Topográfico Nacional de E Escala 1:25,000 Sheets wwww and vvvv

To get to the start

Take MA 5401 through Casarabonela, taking GREAT care not to miss the right turn off half way up the hill towards El Burgo. If you miss this you will end up in the tiny streets of the village, which are hell to negotiate! Follow this as it winds around the mountain road until you reach the pull-in to the right, just before the 16km sign, where there is a large Sendero noticeboard stating ¨Desde Pto Martinez hasta ctra Del Burgo al Paitano¨ Park here.Alternatively, you can continue driving until you reach the ¨Puente del Alcaparain 4.5km¨,and park here instead.

The Walk

From the noticeboard set off walking on the slightly uphill tarmac road. This seems quite tedious, with cars passing for the first 3km or so, but be patient, you will be rewarded with spectacular views very soon!

Arrive at ¨Puente del Alcaparain 4.5km¨ continue to walk along the road from here, which now becomes a track, only negotiable in a 4 x 4, so less traffic.

Bear right whenever a split in the road occurs, heading through the Sierra de Alcapain with El Grajo on your right. Shortly you will pass some rock caves directly ahead where the road bends to the left and climbs up in front of them. The mountain views are totally fabulous on a clear day.

Basically follow the road ahead of you. You will see Touron Castle to the left and Ardales in the distance.

At around the 10km mark from the start of your walk, you will see the pointed rock ahead. At this point we turned around and retraced our path. I expect you can just follow this all the way to Ardales, but we didn’t have an appropriate map!...To be continued….