Walking in Andalucia, with its numerous streams and ‘white’ villages…
The Calpe Ramblers
The Calpe Ramblers have been in existence for several years, walking in Andalucia, having been founded by John and Ray Murphy, indeed all our articles have been kindly submitted by John Murphy.
Their love of nature and rambling, which started off as a personal hobby, has grown into what can best be described as a group of friends with similar interests who get together frequently on organised walks.
The diverse and expansive countryside of the region of Andalucia lends itself perfectly to such pursuits.
Its natural beauty, with numerous streams, mountains, reservoirs and “white villages” makes it walking in andalucia excellent.
The Calpe Ramblers are, as the name implies, based in Gibraltar but everyone is welcome to join any of their frequent outings.
In addition to the Calpe Ramblers there are numerous other clubs which allow hundreds of people to pack their rucksacks every weekend and ramble the nature trails of Andalucia in organised groups, discovering new places and making new friends.
There are no age limits but the majority of ramblers are aged between 25 and 55 and are usually people who work hard during the week and need the peace that comes with this pursuit.
Ramblers love the activity because it gives them the opportunity to get away from the routine environment.
Planning: Before heading off, you need to familiarise yourself with the route and terrain, the time it takes, how difficult it is and take a map and a compass.
Weather: Look at the weather forecast before leaving. If the forecast is not good, then postpone for another day.
Company: Unless you are an experienced rambler, always go with a group of at least three persons, one of whom should have some experience.
Provisions: Carry a light rucksack with dried fruits, nuts, chocolate and a plastic drinking bottle. To prevent stiffness afterwards, it is advisable to drink plenty of sugared water before, during and after the walk.
Routes: One should stay on signed routes. Taking short cuts through the countryside encourages others to do likewise, thus destroying established routes.
Clothes: The weather in the mountains can change suddenly. It is advisable to wear or bring warm clothing and a waterproof top. You should always pack a light plastic rain roof jacket even in summer. Never head into the mountains with inadequate footwear.
No Fires: You must not light fires in any part of Andalucia while rambling. Take great care with matches or lighters and try to avoid smoking while rambling or resting. The risk of forest fires are extremely high especially during the summer season. Avoid cooking and carry sandwiches or other cold foods well packaged in plastic containers.
Walking in Andalucia Clubs
Calpe Ramblers: John 00350 200 74645
Pasos Largos: www.pasoslargos.com