Thursday, 10 December 2015

7 December 2015 – Orba Castle

Despite the grey skies a good turnout for this, our last Monday walk of the year.   Particularly good for us, as the walk starts from Parcent
Once more a grey and overcast Monday morning, we have not been very lucky with the weather since the summer.   What little sun there was, was on Orba castle.
I wanted to shorten the walk by crossing the river, but Pat wanted to follow it to the abandoned restaurant as we usually do
We had our first stop in Murla, to “admire” the new clock tower.   One of the least attractive I have ever seen.   It is totally out of character with the actual church, and looks more like an industrial chimney than a church clock tower
Leaving Murla we had a better view of Orba castle
We followed our usual long route up to the castle, which is along the side of the hill
It is an official green and white signed path, and has recently been resigned
A nice view of the castle before we climbed the last section
Not sure why Ken has gone off to the right, while the rest of us follow the signed path to the top.
Having got to the top first, Pat is officially “queen of the castle”
After a period of adjustment we finally settle down for our picnic lunch
The first part of the descent is a little difficult, so we tried an alternative.  It took a little longer and probably was not worth the effort.
We followed the shorter route down.  This is not an official path, and is signed by an assortment of markings.  Unlike the official path up, this one was overgrown and quite difficult to find.

Monday 14 December 2015
The last walk before Christmas will be from Tormos to Campell.  Meet at the car park opposite Bar Tormos at 10am

Monday 4 January 2016
The first walk of the New Year will be Lleus to Pinos.    Meet at Lleus at 10am

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