Seventeen hikers, which included 2 Newbies, turned up at the meeting point for the hike. Once car-sharing had been arranged the convoy of 5 cars set off for the start point and promptly got separated, must be a record to have missing hikers before we’ve even started the hike! All was not lost though, a few quick ‘phone calls and everyone arrived at the start point within 10 minutes of each other and we were able to start without any delay.
We set off from the village and followed the road/farmers track which climbed, fairly gently, up the hillside into the farmland and hiked through a number of fields, orchards, plantations growing various crops of fruit and vegetables. At one of the water stops, conveniently located next to greenhouses growing peppers, the farmers invited the group to pick the surplus peppers for free, there were a few heavier backpacks for the rest of the hike!
We continued upwards and left the farmland for light forest where there had recently been a fire and some areas were still smouldering; fortunately there was a cool breeze which helped to clear the smoke and cool us down a bit. We stopped at a junction to regroup and have a snack and then carried on up for a short while before starting our descent, quite a steep one too, through the forest and back down on to a farmers track.
Stomachs started to complain that they were empty so a shaded area was found and lunch taken after which we resumed our descent although 3 of the more energetic members of the group took a small detour and went up a ridge running parallel to the trail to check out the views.
We arrived back in the village after hiking 13km in about 4.5hrs with a total ascent of 630mtrs….time for a welcome beer!Thanks to all who turned up and making it another great day out.
Special thanks to Tom for the photos
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