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Walking in Navajas, Spain

Friday 19th - Tuesday 30th January 2018

After a momentous journey, with cancelled ferries all round, we were all relieved to arrive at the Altomira site to be met by sunshine and the welcoming smiles of Helen and Alistair. The site is situated on the terraces overlooking the little town of Navajas which has an interesting mix of typical Spanish town houses and wealthy merchants’ properties.

Our programme included six walks, two cycle rides and lots of social events! The walks were varied, giving us great opportunities to sample the local scenery, culture and menus del dia. Our first walk took us to see several of the “Fuentes”, the springs which supply the water for the cultivation of the many crops grown in the area. It also coincided with the local Bull Run, where the bulls run through the streets to the main square, with the younger men of the parish running ahead ...hopefully. We didn’t join in. We needed to get back for the first of our many “happy evenings” with drinks and games. Luckily we had use of the club room for our evening meetings so we could keep warm.

Other walks took us to the local towns of Altura, where we had coffee and a look around before our menu del dia, and Segorbe where we were able to visit the museum and learn all about their bull running festival which takes place in September....a much grander event that those in the surrounding villages, led by beautifully kitted out horses and their riders.

Because it was agreed that we’d have an indoor programme on the one wet day it meant that for the final day the group split with half the group taking a train ride to Jérica and walking back along the Ojos Negros Via Verde which skirts the site. The other group had a bike ride into the hills where the electric bikes came into their own. The earlier memorable cycle ride took us along the Via Verde to Caudiel where we had another menu del dia before taking a different route back. The weather was kind and the scenery was stunning and those with electric bikes could enjoy the hilly terrain....not appreciated when your battery goes flat.

We also managed to fit in a feast of a bbq and, for those of us foolish enough, an evening watching Yeovil Town play Man United in the F. A. Cup!!

It all made for a thoroughly enjoyable and fun rally and our thanks go to Helen and Alistair and Marina and Steve for all their hard work.

Jo Sanderson

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