Below is a list of (& links to) to my Routes & sketchmaps. Pay attention to Difficulty, not just distance. Categories are:
- Very Easy: Road or track with little ascent or descent.
- Easy: Road, track or good paths with only gentle ascent or descent.
- Medium: Mainly tracks and paths, some ascents or descents and possibly some exposure to steep drops.
- Tougher: Tracks or paths, some narrow or eroded. May include hard ascents or descents, &/or scrambling, plus exposure to steep drops.
- Hard: Longer distances on tracks or paths (some narrow and/or eroded), hard ascents or descents, and/or scrambling. Likely to include exposure to steep drops.
Routes & sketchmaps
|Camino de Árchez||Easy||3 Km||Árchez to Cómpeta (linear)|
|The Low Road||Easy+||2.5 - 3 Km||Cómpeta to Canillas &/or Árchez (linear)|
|Árchez-Albaida Loop||Easy-Medium||5.4 Km||Canillas to Árchez & back (circular)|
|Cájula Valley Loop||Easy-Medium||6.4 Km||Canillas to Árchez & back (circular)|
|Sayalonga Ridge Walk||Medium||7.5 Km||Cómpeta to Sayalonga|
|Shepherd's Cortijo||Medium||5.45 - 9.75 Km||Canillas natural park, 2 options, linear or circular|
|Silk to Salt (Sedella to Salares)||Medium+||5 Km||Sedella to Salares, linear|
|Three Peaks||Medium-tough||10 Km||2 Peaks and one pass between towns (Linear)|
|Atalaya||Tougher||12 Km||Peak Ascent in Natural park (circular)|
What should I take?
- Take WATER, Stick(s), Med-kit, charged Mobile phone, Water-proof, camera
- Wear BOOTS, Sun-cream, hat
- Use Your common sense
Sticks, hat, sun-cream, water-proof may be optional. But take water for EVERY WALK. Water doesn’t just refresh, it’s oil for your muscles. In warm weather it’s critical to your well being. Going steeply uphill in the sunshine in Malaga can make you hot in February! I take minimum 1 litre, max 2.5 litres, and use a water-bag + pipe, to take quick sips all the time. If you take a bottle have a drink every time you stop.
Medical. If you suffer from asthma, allergies or other conditions that may need prompt treatment take your medication with you. I have a minimum kit with painkillers, plasters, bandages, scissors, tape and an antiseptic spray; I find Compeed good for blisters.
Charged mobile phone. Beware of relying on it, though: some paths aren’t shown on the satellite mapping and several places in deep valleys have little or no cover.
Camera. Are you kidding? The views! The wildlife! The memories!