Category Archives: Cycling

A Very Happy Birthday

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Well, it has in fact been a very fine day for a birthday. Despite intermittent rain showers before departure, we were blessed with a dry day, some sunshine here and there (mostly whilst slogging up the hills) and a very warm and pleasant breeze. The route went pretty much as planned, a light lunch and a pint at the Forresters… Read more »

Cycling Around Paloma Alta, Betis and Sierra de Fates

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A trig point, Palomo Alta near Tarifa

Getting back on the bike after what seems like an age, then encountering more than my fair share of dead ends and no entry roads, some very rough stuff, cows, horses and donkeys, mad men with guns – it all makes for an excellent day out.

Twitching at Las Lagunas de Campillos, Andalusia

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We weren’t expecting the Spanish Inquisition – sorry, I meant to say cold. For some reason, despite having left the mountains, last night was a rather cold one. The neighbours said they measured -3 degrees, but we had the electric heater running all night and by morning it was feeling pretty darn cold. I don’t think we left a door… Read more »

The Gold Mines of Rodalquilar, Cabo de Gata

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Impressive Earthworks of the Rodalquilar Gold Mines

The gorge finally tipped me out onto a track leading to the Gold Mines of Rodalquilar. These are impressive open-cast mines, with earlier shafts and tunnels exposed by the latter workings. Mined for thousands of years for various ores, gold was discovered at Rodalquilar in the 1800’s, and mined commercially from the 1920’s until the 1960’s, except during the Spanish Civil War of the ’30’s. It’s now possible to walk freely among the workings, and there is a mountain bike route that circles the main workings.

A Rocky Descent of Cerro Cuchillo, Cabo de Gata

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The bike propped against a stone hunting shelter/bunker, an information board outlining some of the local flora, and a rocky path!

A rocky descent which is requiring a good degree of walking. There is an information board which is highlighting some of the flora to be found, this area seems lusher than other parts, probably as what little rain falls is funnelled downwards. The bike is propped against what appears to be a shelter/bunker for hunting purposes, boar perhaps.

Hunting Lodge on Cerro Rellana, Cabo de Gata

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Large lookout tower believed to be used for hunting purposes, sited on top of the Cerro Rellano, Cabo de Gata, Spain

This is a hunting lodge perched on top of a hill called Cerro Rellana. They seem to be big into hunting all over rural Spain, but then perhaps no more so than we are in the UK. This seems pretty elaborate though giving a commanding view over the surrounding hillsides. Not sure what they hunt around here, I don’t know… Read more »