15 km, Grade – moderate, Leaders: Jim & Neil. 28th February 2004.
After the recent rain, it was nice to wake up to clear blue skies but a bitterly cold wind. We headed out through the village of Bolulla and onto a narrow road to park in a small parking area beneath a crag upon which Bolulla castle is situated.
We walked up the side of the valley where the hillsides were covered in yellow broom and gorse. This made for colourful photos with the yellow gorse set against the clear blue sky. Jim kept posing whenever he thought he was in the frame. As we climbed there were magnificent views of the cliffs of the Sierra Aixorta to our left.
At the head of the valley we came to a cultivated area at an altitude of 800 metres where, on a north facing slope the almond blossom was still in bloom. This was an excuse for more photos. In the orchard the ground was covered in white daisies which mingled with the almond blossom. I was lucky to see this as in the lower valleys the blossom had been out in mid January, several weeks earlier than usual.
The area was well looked after and the farmer was busy pruning the trees. We stopped for lunch in a sheltered spot where we could watch him at work.
After lunch we walked through an area where there were some rock arches. We had to be careful with our footing as in some of the shady places there were patches of ice. From the highest point we could see the castle at Serrella and part of the route we had covered last Tuesday.
Our return was on a narrow track through the gorse. We could enjoy end on views of the Sierra Bernia, which looked quite different from this angle and to our left was the Sierra del Ferrer.
Towards the end of the walk we could see Bolulla castle perched on top of the rock near to where we were parked. It had been an excellent day with great company.