This walk up to and along the higher slopes of the Sierra Bernia shows the ways up to both eastern end and the center of the range. By starting at 300 m altitude most of the ascent to 670 m is avoided. Much of this is on a good path. The descent of 570 m can be more taxing although the middle part is on a beautifully engineered old mule path which waltzes enjoyably down in zig zags with every step being a different one. Views are excellent. The small “Ermita” is evocatively positioned between the ridge and the broad valley of the Algar River below and almost the entire length of the Sierra, with its “Forat” (hole which penetrates its ridge), in view. The walk ends at the pretty old village of Altea La Vieja with several welcoming bars and restaurants.
My purpose is to pass on these walks so you can enjoy them as much as I have. I want you to use them freely for non commercial purposes. Perhaps a donation to your favourite charity?
The normal hazards in mountains apply but generally the conditions are benign, some cold and wet in winter, possibly the heat in summer is more dangerous. My personal advice is not to leave the paths as ground can be covered with spiky bushes concealing ankle breaking rocks. By "road" I mean surfaced, by "track" an unsurfaced one,(often rough). Paths vary from beautifully engineered mozarabic "muleways" to very rough hunters or goat paths. Updates are welcome.I am very grateful to Terry, my wife, who has helped to explore all the paths and often helped to clear them.
Of course I owe much to my predecessors, especially my early mentor, Cristl. Batnick,who helped to found the excellent Costa Blanca Mountain Walking group. Also the early explorers, Roger Massingham, Bob Stansfield, (all on the web), and Eric Wright,(www.openlibrary.org/b/OL11958879M).Many walks are made possible by the generosity of the landowners, especially the Spanish, who allow walking on their land,please treat their property with respect.
Being computer illiterate this website would not exist but for the enthusiastic, energetic and expert work of Jean and Bob Hall. Many thanks to them. Their website ,which complements this one, plus, is: www.costablancamountainwalks.com.
Mike Davies. Dec 2009.