Today we were back on the GR 221, doing the section from Cuber to Lluc. This is a high level route through the Sierra Tramuntana passing close to some of the highest mountains in Mallorca.
It was a chilly 8 degrees and overcast as we set off from the Font de Noguer at Cuber and followed the water channel towards Gorg Blau. We followed the water channel for about 40 minutes and then crossed the channel to pass through a gate and enter the holm oak wood. After about 10 minutes we reached the Coll des Coloms (Pigeon Pass) from where the path began to descend slightly through the wood. Another 5 minutes walking brought us to a signpost indicating Lluc 4 hours. However we made a slight diversion to the Font des Prat, where it is possible to drink from the clear water flowing in the underground channel. Back at the junction we began our climb through the oak woods and after about 40 minutes we came out into the open and cold feel the full force of the wind. The good clear path was flanked with Rosemary bushes but today the views were non existant. Another half an hour and we were at the Coll des Prat. At an altitude of 1205 metres in was freezing, not the place to stop for lunch. Mucho frio as the locals would say.
From the pass we headed north following the GR 221 posts until we came to a deep snow pit. We then descended down a series of zigzags to the Coll de telegraf at 1126 metres. We continued to another snow pit where we found some shelter to have lunch and then crossed the valley to climb up to the Coll de ses Cases de Neu (1137m)
Paul, Andy and myself made the 40 minute diversion to climb Puig d’en Galileu (1181m) The wind was so strong that we had to crawl the last few metres on our hands and knees, it was too strong to stand up. Those of you that know me will realise that it must have been a very strong wind.
As we started to descend we dropped out of the mist and could see the views. We followed the Cami de ses Voltes des Galileu back to Lluc. This ancient path was constructed in the 17th century but has recently been renovated by volunteers from the dry stone wall building college who have been working on various sections of the GR route.
Eventually after nearly 7 hours walking we reached the car park close to the Monastery at LLuc with just enough time for a pint before catching the bus back to our car at Cuber.
A great walk but hard in todays weather conditions.