Tuesday, 23 November 2010

22 Nov 2010 - Lliber to Font d'Axia

Another good turn out on a particularly cold morning.   The sun was late to make an appearance, and the strong wind was very cold.   Many of the jackets remained on all day.

This is a walk which we seem to do each year around Christmas.   As a result David and Rosemary always miss it, as they return to UK in early December.   As a special request Pat agreed to lead it early this year.   Unfortunately she did not recce it first, and we had an interesting extension just after the start.  The correct path was soon found and we stated the climb.   It’s an easy climb, but it does go on for a long time.   About half way we had our “banana stop”.   Again it was too cold to stop for long, and we pressed on.

 The sun was shinning when we reached the top, but the wind made it too cold to stop for long.  This was a shame, as there are really impressive views on this walk.   However the path is not good, and it is not possible to admire the views when moving.  
If anything the path is worse going down, so again opportunities to admire the view were very limited.  In fact it was very much a long climb up, a short stop at the top and a long climb back down the other side.

A sample of the views which were largely missed.
Once we reach the valley floor on the far side the remainder of the walk is on good paths with no further climbing.   At this point we joined the path we followed last year when we did this walk from Pedreguer rather than start at Lliber.
Fortunately the sun was much warmer by the time we reached Font l’Axia, where we planned to have lunch.   We were also sheltered from the wind, and it was very pleasant.   The only draw back was a dead rat in the font!
The remainder of the walk was along good valley paths in the warm sun.   And at the end, of course, a drink in the bar in Lliber village square.

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