The Group Comprised of Carsten, Cathy, Karen, Kari, Steve and Trevor B.
The dogs were Bobo, Kizzy and Newnew.
We set off from the ruta board in Casares village at 9.30am prompt.
The first part of the walk is almost one hour uphill, we quickly get warmed up.
Just like last week the conditions for walking were perfect.
We do walk in reverse to enjoy the stunning views at their best.
We passed one of the fountains of Casares which flows with pure water straight from the mountain.
Approx 25 minutes uphill, we encountered a special villa which had several large Aztec statues in it’s gardens.
Just before the green gate on the right there are spectaculars views to Gaucin and a new 16km ruta board sign to Genal Gaucin
(looks like achallenge for us hard core!!)Here we takek time out to water the dogs and take in the views.
After around 45 minutes we passed through the green gate.
And through the pine forest. And through the pine forest which was the last part of walking uphill. We then levelled out on a path giving fantastic views of Crestellina mountain.Here we have a snake alert and few screams! but Trevor is going in bare hands!!!
We also see a few mud holes where the wild boar have been rolling about.
here we are also looking down to the spectacular views of Casares village and beyond.
We continued on the flat until we made a small detour the Mirador (look-out point), giving 360 degree views.
At 1 hour 30 minutes we sat down at the Mirador and ate our much welcomed packed lunches. It was fun to see
the dogs running behind each other along the mirador wall
The views here also took in San Martin and the Guadiaro river as well as Gaucin and to the left Los Reales. The final part of the walk needed due care, (this is why it is important to wear good walking shoes).
As this was the downhill part and we had to wend our way down stones and steps and some shale. The walking poles came in very handy!!
Then the last part on the new pedestrian walkway, we stopped at Venta Maricruz which also has amazing views. Finally back into the village to our parked cars, 3.5 hours in total.
A great time was had by all. And to think it costs nothing to walk, cheap as chips!!