Humanists of Murcia October Walk
Grand total of six walkers and Paco set off from Bar Morales (a local bar and country shop on the D4, Leiva) for Coto Fortuna. It was a pleasant day with light winds and a sunny sky.
The climb up to the ridge took 40 minutes where Joan, Sue, Ian and Paco headed off to the BBQ area while Jon, Paul (no Ringo nor George) and Jim went up to the fire watch tower where they had magnicient views to the coast. The tower had been painted, new railings installed and a bus stop erected.
The whole group had refreshments at BBQ area before settings off back to the cars. The walk took 3.25 hours and was 12 km long.
Lunch was at La Siena where they were joined by Anne, Martin and Michael and cost an enmorous sum of 10€ each.
Walkers February 2019
Date Smuggler’s Casa
After meeting up in Cañadas de Gallego the convoy of cars made its way to the coast, 2 km from Percheles beach. Twenty-six walkers walked up to the café/radar station/lookout point for a view over Percheles playa. It was a magnificent day.
The party split into 2 groups, one going up the main path and the other crossed the nudist beach (only 2 bodies) and along the mountainous coastal path. The views continued to be breath taking and no one slipped off the cliff into the Med.
The walkers joined up and followed the track to the aforementioned date smuggler's compound where Jon filled in the details of the history of the buildings.
The walk then started to meander back to the cars where, unfortunately, two of the older models had had their quarter-light windows smashed and a handbag and rucksack were missing.
On that sombre note, the party went to Los Cazadores restaurante for more disappointment.
The meal was a letdown and the cost too high. Jon will never hear the end of it.
Last Walk of the Season
It was a 10 km walk along the coast West of Bolnuevo, the traditional last walk of the season. Fine weather, not too hot with a sea breeze. Twelve from San Juan de Tereros and nine locals. There were no slow coaches although Buddy did go on strike at the 8km marker, however, he quickly recovered and the Blue Ambluance was not needed.
A few bottles of cava were on hand to quench the thrist of the group before everyone sat down on the terrace at Rincon. Desipte the back room being full, service was OK and the slight delay for the main course was mittigated by the “lemonfish”. This delight which was landed locally, may also have been a “black bonito” which had swum over from Africa.
Good company, no squabble about the bill and a few kind words from Widow Twankey ended the successful season. Roll on the Summer Lunches.
“The Guns Walk" April 2019
The walkers car shared up to “The Guns". There were 36 in total, the largest group of the season. A gentle descend took everyone to the seashore and along to a long long incline. After a short rest the walk continued up the side of the rambla. Beautiful scenery, lots of wild flowers and a narrow track headed inland.
Progress was slow and the restaurant was contacted to say the party would be an hour late. As the kitchens were closing at 15:30 hrs, this proved to be a race against the clock.
Campillo de Adentro was finally made and the cars collected.
The distance was 5.99 miles and the potential energy lost was 2222ft and the energy gained was 1793ft. (Hope everyone did Maths O Level?).
The menu del dia was in La Caleta, Puerto de Mazarron. The kitchen was still open when everyone arrived and the consensus was that the location was great next to the new marina and the food was much appreciated.
On March 22nd, a Friday for a change, a group of Humanists went walking in the beautiful countryside between Lorca and Águillas. It was a nice, 3 hour walk, gently uphill towards the Castillo de Chuecos. We passed a hermitage where the University of Murcia has an agriculture research area. They have fields of aloe vera under cultivation and some young fruit trees. We stopped for refreshments at the reservoir below the castle, and then walked back to our cars – there were no break-ins this time.
We then drove into Águillas where we had an excellent lunch in the Orient Restaurant.
Water in the Fountain 2019
For the first time in five years the fountain in San Juan de Terreros with no water, had water in it. Twenty-three walkers set off with a smile for the hills close by Pulpi. After a small false start, the group headed up an "animal track” on a steep narrow, rough trail. Joan was not happy.
Everyone got safely to the top where there was a wide track, still rough, but with great views. All was going well until the leaders took a right hand fork and a "nice man" beside a car with a partridge in a cage said that if the people continued down that path they would be “shot”. The hunters had posted a sign in Pulpi Town Hall but they had not advised Mike & Mike about the hunt. A pity as the redirected walk was shortened by 30 minutes. It meant that the crowd would have to resort to the bar until the meal was ready.
Despite there not being any entremeses, the meal was generally enjoyed by everyone. And 37 roundabouts later (31 in Almeria) the Northern contingent made it back to Murcia.
The next walk will include a cemetery, another shooting range (clay pigeon) and wide smooth tracks and entremeses.
December 2018 Walk
An unprecedented 15 people arrived from San Juan de Terreros and some of them even had stick(s) as they had been told. Another 10 were from Murcia and most of them did not have sticks either.
The first ascent, up the hills behind Bolnuevo. had the less fit blowing hard, but the walk soon levelled out and the straggling crowd made it to the first stop. The walkers then split and Joan, Walk Leader, led those aforementioned on the low road to the Ave Maria shrine and Deputy Jon took the rest on a taxing climb and descent.
After another rest the group set off via the old Danish site hut and down the valley to another choice. The fitter lot went off to the Roman Quay while the remainder meandered along the main track. The second group enjoyed their cliff top track and the women had the added bonus of spying on a scantily clad swimmer (naked).
The lunch was in Restaurante Rincon and was enjoyed by all and included 7 additional Humanists. Free drinks at the end rounded off the afternoon nicely. Thanks to Danni and his gang.
Almeria Walk March 2018
Most people met at Meson Pepas on time, next to the fountain with no water. The drive to the start was uneventful, no convoys to negotiate, and the walk began with a fellow telling Mike L that we were all mad to go up the hill. The first stop was the crystal mine.
We were joined by Rog & Sue who had had problems with constipation (of their dog?). Angie lost her soul (Ed: should that not be sole?), some string was found by a basura and repairs were made. Interesting walk with historical details supplied by Mike B. Lovely goats on top of tree branches, a smelly sewerage farm, and to round it off a long hill.
Back to the Venta for lunch. Everyone liked the food, particularly the fish. Thanks to Mike & Mike.
Spring Equinox 2018
The walk began at Los Puertos, near Tallante, and headed around the neighbouring countryside. It followed a path with unique plants, old carob trees and a few fincas with big dogs.
Great views and ably led by Audrey. After 3 hours, the eight walkers drove to Gran Ventica Restaurante in Las Palas where they were joined by Deryck & Margaret and had a really good menu del dia for 11€.
After the meal, Annie handed a Spring Equinox Questionnaire with 12 of the most difficult questions
imaginable. Audrey won with 8 correct answers.
Easy Walk 10th March 2018
April 2018 Walk
Nine walkers from San Juan, 4 from Totana, 2 from Lorca, 2 from Camposol, 2 from Bolnuevo, 1 from the Puerto and a dog set off from Los Puertos de Santa Barbara, near Tallante, for a 3 hour walk in the campo. The leader was Audrey who kept the group together while setting a good pace. Beautiful Murcia scenery, unique plants, old carob trees and a few fincas with big dogs and a lot of chat.
Lunch was held at La Gran Ventica in Las Palas where the hosts provided a vast quantity of great food. Will definitely return when the dieting programme kicks in.
January Walk 2018
The walk started from Los Lobos and went gently up a rambla. And then the 16 walkers found themselves in a gully, a narrow gully, and a cliff face! The two Mikes kept that one quiet! No footholds, no handholds and half of it smooth.
The women had to be helped up and Paco did not take kindly to Mike B's assistance and slid down the smooth side of the enormous cliff.
The rest of the walk was incident free. No cast member fell (pushed?) down any mine shafts and the views were spectacular.
The lunch took place at La Venta, so no Belgian stew. Good service, good food and only 13€ including a generous tip. The acoustics were not good, so a discussion of changing the day of the Almeria walk was carried over to the next time.
Boxing Day Walk 2018
Seventeen guilty people met at Oasis in Bolnuevo to walk off the extra pounds (kgs) that they had consumed over the weekend. They followed the coast towards Percheles, negotiating the new barriers erected by the Agente Ambiente and arrived at the Roman Quay to discover no French woman in a cave and the parking area planted with palm trees. The Agente have been busy.
The party split with everyone, bar Jon, Liam and Mike (?), heading for the main track while the aforementioned 3 took to the beach and the cliffs.
At the “bullfighter’s plot”, they separated again while Jan, Audrey (!!), Mike and Allan, ambled back along the coast, the rest set off up the valley. The weather was fantastic and the views stunning.
Liam took the high road and the group took the low road but they all ended up at Restaurante Las Redes on the Bolnuevo Paseo. They were joined by the President, the Hon. Secretary and a well known local gardener, painter and music aficionado.
Great food, different from the norm for a menu del dia. It would have been nicer if they had been a little more generous with the drinks but overall a new and interesting venue.