Walking 

Rambling on


Michael North spends a day admiring the spectacular views en route to the quaint mountain village of Cazorla.

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Known by lo?cal ramblers as The Walk of the Thirsty Bear, this issue?s challenge promises plenty of photo opportunities, thanks to its rural surroundings, varied scenery and terrain which con?tinue to change through?out the journey. The Sierra de Cazorla is one of Spain?s largest protected natural areas and offers miles of lush flora. The great thing about this walk though, is that you can make a day of it without feeling too ex?hausted by the end. Moun?tain trails, natural parkland, pine forests and unrivaled coastal views are what make this a truly unique walk, ideal for nature lov?ers and budding photogra?phers alike! Don?t forget to take some sandwiches and pack a flask too, as you?ll encounter the perfect pic?nic spot during the walk.

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Your destination, Cazorla, is situated inland, to the east of Ja?n with road links to nearby cities, Cordoba, Granada and Murcia. We recommend a good map or satellite navigation to reach the area if you?re not familiar with this part of the region and are driving there from the Costa del Sol. If you?re planning on staying in Cazorla for the night, there are several good ho?tels to choose from, includ?ing the Hotel Villa Tur?stica de Cazorla, Parador de Cazorla and the hotel El Curro. The town also offers a wealth of places to eat and drink so, after you?ve finished the walk, why not sample the local delicacies whilst treating your feet to a much-needed rest?

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The excursion begins at El Puente de la Herrerias, which lies in the Segura Mountains of the Gua?dalquivir Valley. It?s a good idea to drive to this start?ing point, as it shortens walking time considerably and also means that you can save your energy for the uphill stages later on. Once you?ve reached the beginning of the walk, cross the bridge (coming from the Valdillo direction) and take the first right hand turn down towards a small bar. You?ll soon see another, smaller bridge. Cross this and carry on up the path which heads up the hill to the left of the bar. The path snakes upwards to the right of the stream. Keep to this until you reach a fork. Here, you need to take the right hand track.

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You?ll notice the path getting wider and becom?ing much sandier. Keep going until you reach a market post with three choices of direction.

Walk straight ahead, tak?ing the middle option. This swings right and continues to gently climb up to the forestry build?ings of La Fuente del Oso, otherwise known as The Bear?s Spring. Another thirty minute climb will bring you to a road.

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At the road, turn right and cross the bridge. You then swing left immediately then take another right turn onto a path which climbs up through the pine forest, with Cerro de la Torquilla over to your left. You?ll soon come to another fork in the path - branch left and continue to climb up through the pines towards El Collado de Oso. This picturesque section of the path is relatively easy to follow and you?ll soon be getting the camera out for snaps of the Guadalquivir Valley, over to the right. After another 45 minutes? walk?ing, you?ll pass through El Puerto de los Arenales, the perfect place to stop and have a bite to eat and a well deserved drink.


 


 


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