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U3A COSTA DEL SOL

Walking in Andalucía

Walks are fortnightly, weather permitting, from October to May:

Group Leader: Bob Hudson: 699 038 042

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Walk: Ruta De La Mission, Mijas - January 14th 2017

Distance: 5Km Linear

Duration: 2Hrs, One hour each way

Elevation Change: +/- 150m

Difficulty: Medium

Meeting Point: Venta Los Condes, 10:30, Depart 11:00

From the BP petrol station in Mijas take the A387 sign posted Coin/Alhaurin Pass Km 7 and the S bend, and the Venta is on you right, opposite the bus stop and recycling bins. (Just before road sign on your left Camino de Valtocado).

An 8 minute drive.

Requirements: 1 walking pole advisable, snack and a drink for the stop off point

Guide: Tony

Details: We'll depart from Venta Los Condes. Take the track by the two pillars with a slight incline for 10 minutes.

Then off the beaten track until we arrive at the start of the Mijas orange trail (Pico Mijas, which is on your left).

Take the track straight ahead. This track has ups and downs, Stony, not too difficult, there are some large rocks which you take like steps.

We then arrive at the junction Fuente de la Adelfa and Ruta de la Cruz de la Mission, which is the part of the route we are doing. Keep going straight ahead.

We have some uphill and downhill gradients for 20/25 minutes until we arrive at La Caldera - The Lime Kiln.

From here we go up 6/8 minutes until we arrive at the picnic spot, with views across the Mediterranean, also overlooking the Mijas cemetery (The plan is to get there alive and leave there alive!)

We'll return the same way we came, back to Venta Los Condes for some well earned refreshments. Tapas and a drink 1.50!

 

Just a few Guidelines regarding the Hill Walks.
These walks are intended for those of us who enjoy a good walk, tackling some
gradients and uneven ground. Each walk description will give an indication of the
difficulty so please read this and if in doubt, contact myself or the walk leader to
discuss.


Participants should avoid walking alone. There should always be someone else within around 50m. This is to avoid walkers taking a wrong turn out of sight of other people.


If there is a need to hurry ahead then at least two must go ahead together. Wait for
others if you are unsure of the route.


On most walks there are likely to be some inclines where you will get out of breath
and rather warm. Possibly there may be a shallow stream to cross and some paths
are rocky. Wear comfortable walking shoes or boots which have a good grip.
A walking stick(s) is very useful for bad terrain and takes the pressure of the knees
going downhill (available at Corte Ingles or Decathlon). Wear comfortable, loose
clothing preferably of a light colour to reflect the sun if it is very hot (dark colours like black absorb rather than reflect the sun).


Apply plenty of suntan lotion on the face, neck and any exposed skin before starting
and, we suggest, wearing a hat to keep the sun off.


Bring plenty of water to drink. Keep the bottle handy and stop to drink frequently to
avoid the risk of dehydration. Bring some food to eat in order to maintain energy
levels.


If rain is a possibility bring something water/shower proof.
Dogs are normally welcome but obviously you are responsible for their behavior and must be able to control them so that other walkers do not have their enjoyment
spoiled in any way.


We leave the meeting points pretty much on time so until you get to know the
meeting places allow yourself plenty of time to get there.


People participating in U3A activities are expected to be fully paid up members.
However, members can bring guests and these can be people that are holidaying
with them and pay a guest fee of 1 euro or people that are looking to sign up for the
walks as U3A members. Guests or partners who wish to come more than once are
expected to join. If a member brings a guest, the member is responsible for ensuring their guest is aware of our guidelines.


Participation in U3A activities is at one’s own risk and neither the U3A nor the Group
Leaders are responsible for any injuries, mishaps or losses however occasioned.

 

 

Please note that the following applies to all walks:

Appropriate footwear must be worn (i.e walking boots/shoes/trainers). Apart from the risk to the walker someone with inappropriate footwear may delay the group as a whole.

Dogs are permitted on the walks but must be on a lead and muzzled at all times.

Guidelines for Hill Walks

 

 

 

Photo from Peter Cadman from our walk in Coin (April 13th) here

 

Two photos from James Wright from our walk in Istan (October 30th) On the Walk, Welcome Refreshments

 

Here are some examples of places we visit:

 

Istan

 

El Torcal

 

Fuensanta

 

Castillo Turón

 

 

 

Our usual meeting places :

Repsol Parking Area Exit 222/223 Direction Malaga

 

La Cañada meeting area