Saturday 26th January, saw the first trek of the year in the area of Sierra de Crevillente. A number of U3A members met at the Las Palmeras Restaurant at Crevillente for coffee before moving onto the start of the walk at La Palaya picnic area in the foot hills of the mountain where the walkers donned good footwear ready for the trek into mountains.
After a safety briefing, following advice from a National Parks Warden about an unsociable donkey in the area, the group set off in fine walking condition on this 10k circular route.
After about 3k stage, the group arrived at the Recreation Area of the San Cayetano, walking over a wooden rope bridge into an area where the refurbished chapel (Ermita) and also the refurbished, but now unused, underground ancient reservoir can be found. This location has some marvellous views of the mountains, dry river bed and across the countryside towards the coast, (certainly a photographic moment).
The group stayed a bit longer at this location than expected after the Parks Warden arrived and treated the group to an informal talk about the area, good walking routes as well as an insight about the history of the chapel and reservoir.
The group moved on and up into the mountains, along narrow tracks and paths, which at times became interesting when the group were confronted by on coming walking groups or lycra clad folk on mountain bikes but with a friendly wave, everyone moved on safely to enjoy the day.
The group stopped for lunch at a spot which was about 2200 ft, (670 m), above sea level, this location being in the shadow of the highest peak in this mountain range, that being Sant Gaieta at 835 meters. This area is stunning, with superb views of the mountains, deep ravines and views across to Santa Pola. After this lunch break, it was a slow decent back to the start point and a quick reflection of the day.
This walk was another enjoyable venture by the U3A walking group into the mountains, following on from previous monthly treks into similar terrain such as the Calblanque National Park, Sierra Callosa and Sierra Orihuela Cross.
The Walking Group is one of the many flourishing groups available to members of the Torrevieja U3A, information on all these various activity groups can be found