Saturday, 25 March 2017

24 March 2017 – Cabo San Antonio

We considered cancelling this walk due to a poor weather forecast, but fortunately did not as it turned out dry if cloudy
Only nine of us today, and for most this was the first time they attempted this walk.  Not sure that they were ready for the short but steep start to the climb.
After a short rest at the first view point the ascent becomes much less of a challenge
Although dry and warm there was a cool breeze, which made the climb much easier

Due to the cold wind we only has a short pause at the main view point….
….. just long enough to admire the view and take some photographs
The next section is level and flat, so lots of chatter
Despite the blue skies there were dark clouds in the distance as we had our banana stop at the picnic site
The next hour was a leisurely walk with lovely views due to the fire of a few years ago which cleared most of the trees and dense undergrowth
Someone has spent a lot of time building very artistic cairns throughout this part of the walk, including this “rocky tree” which gave us another opportunity to take a short break.
Despite the gentle pace we still arrived at Denia tower for our picnic lunch just after 12.30.
Then the sun came out which prompted us to have a slightly longer than usual break
As a result we were perhaps a little more stiff than usual when we started the return journey
The easy track allowed us to fully appreciate the very colourful assortment of wild flowers
The cool wind made it easier to keep us a good pace, and we soon arrived at the Windmills overlooking Javea
We had another short break here to recover and admire the views
Just a short water break at the picnic site and then back to the lighthouse
It took us slightly longer to walk back down to the port, as the more difficult parts of the track are worse going downhill
It was 4pm when we reached the port, but no one wanted to miss out on the bar – some say the best part of the walk
Another lovely walk which made us appreciate once more how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful area and still be fit enough to explore it

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