Wednesday, 23 February 2011

21 Feb 2011 – Col de Rates

 We could see today’s walk from the naya – our own Col de Rates.
 The walk started from Alcalali, a change for us all.   We usually walk from the house, and the group from Jalon.   We had done the walk from Alcalali once with the CBMW, but this was a first for our group.
We started with a walk across the valley, and were lucky to catch the tail end of the Almond Blossoms.  Another couple of days and the blossom would disappear for another year. 
There are two popular paths up the mountain, and when we arrived five years ago we always used this one.   The path was badly damaged in the Gota Fria in October 2007, and we have avoided it since then.
The path has been repaired since then, but it still broken up in places 
The early sun turned to cloud, and despite the effort of climbing it was too cold to stop for long.
Which is a shame, because there are lovely views of the Jalon valley as we climb, particularly with the almond blossom.
Our first banana stop was at the mirador on the main road.   This is a very popular spot with holiday makers driving through the mountains from Benidorm, but was deserted today.
This spot is ideal for a panorama shot,  but my camera is not really up to the task.  This is the best I could do.
One last short climb brought us to the café on the Col de Rates.   Once more the weather seemed to have discouraged any visitors.  
The views of the mountains towards Benidorm are really spectacular, and we even had a touch of sun to tempt us to have lunch here.
Peter had a much better spot in mind for lunch, a short downhill walk away and with views of Parcent andthe Jalon valley.

Unfortunately the sun had disappeared, and the bitter wind made us seek shelter behind the crest and away from the views.   Eating our picnic in the cold reminded me of almost every holiday we ever had in Scotland or Pembroke!

Next Week

Meet at Teulada golf shop at 0855 to car share to Font Moli to walk Puig Campana

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