Circuit of Puig Roig from Lluc

Puig Roig is the lowest and most northerly of the 1000m summits of Mallorca but also one of the most attractive.

This was a B+ walk from the Paddy Dillion book with a recommended starting point at Mossa gate some 4 miles from Lluc.

It recommends you walk in an anti clockwise direction but to be different we decided to start from Lluc in a clockwise direction.

This way took us down hill into the valley first before becoming  a classic circular walk around the mountain with excellent views round every corner.

The route also passes the interesting old cave houses of Es Cosconar built under overhanging rocks and still in occasional use

Amazingly the book says you can only do this walk on a Sunday as land owners will only allow you through on that day, we did come across signs saying walkers only allowed on Sundays !!

Geoff Jones & Sally Kelly The path around Puig Roig was on a narrow ledge at times giving great views of the coast, we met many other walkers but all going in the opposite direction to us, we did wonder if we would find out why at some point !!

But all went well and we arrived at Mossa quicker than expected then took yesterday’s route back to Lluc

The hardest part was When Geoff had me climbing over a 6 ft gate to avoid some road walking.

Stupidly I have got myself very sunburnt today in the deceiving mountain wind …

If coming to Lluc its definitely worth staying to do this walk as it has the WOW factor But remember to make sure your here on a Sunday, I am so glad we were !!

Tomorrow we walk to Pollencia on the GR221 :-)

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A walk from Lluc

This morning we woke in our “cell” at the Lluc monastery after a a fab 9 hour sleep.

1-IMG_2594The sun was shining and everything looked a little brighter, we went to our friendly restaurant for breakfast, sat out in the sun and relaxed while writing blog posts and pinching a little of their appalling slow internet ( things to be grateful for at home )

Around midday we decided it was time to go for a walk. I opted for two walks into one from the Paddy Dillion book, walking up to Binifaldo and back via Pixarells looking for Es Camell

We went up by the Refugi de Son Amer a good looking Refugi that was actually open, the walk was on good easy tracks with some ups and downs but nothing steep.

From Col Pelet we missed the turn off for the summit to Sa Moleta de Binifaldo :-( so carried on to Binifaldo along the GR221.

We then picked up the path to take us to Es Camell .The walking route was easy and pleasant as it twists and turns thorough amazing rock formations until you finally come to the rock that looks like a Camel !!

Then we descended the valley crossed a footbridge to reach a foot ball pitch and back into Lluc for our Sangria :-)

Once again we have found the open street maps to be of great help as the book descriptions are way out of date, we met an Irish couple today who had lost their way due to the lack of signposts.

Tomorrow we hope to walk the Circuit of Puig Roig :-)

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Cuber to Lluc



A very interesting start to the day when we joined a mass of people queuing for the bus to Lluc.

Luckily Geoff is a pusher and we managed to get on but many people were left behind and no one could get on at Soller.

Apparently it’s like that every morning so why there is only one bus I really don’t know :-(

We got off the bus at Cuber where we finished yesterday’s walk, along with a huge group of other walkers but thankfully most were walking back to Soller

It was an easy start to the walk today but soon we were heading up along stoney mountain paths made more difficult today as carrying full bags.

 

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By the time we reached the Col des Prart the weather had become dull and cloudy making it feel cold, once over the col we meandered round the mountain giving us more fantastic rugged views before heading up to another Col and starting the descent into Lluc

It was a long descent on very rocky paths before turning into a wide track through a forest, we met many walkers today most seem to walk to Lluc then on to Pollencia or catch the bus back to Soller the following day.

We are staying in the converted monastery, an impressive building with a museum galley and shops. Our room was a cell so feels cold and dark :-(

The plan was to stay a few days before walking to Pollencia although we may change our plan as not sure what to make of the place at the moment !!

We did find a nice friendly restaurant open so enjoyed a good meal and white Rioja wine which was a first for me and very nice too.

And we shall see what tomorrow brings !!!

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Soller to Cuber

The temptation today was to go and conquer yesterday’s walk but due to torrential rain and thunderstorms during the night we had a change of plan.

Instead we caught the tram to Soller and decided to walk the GR221 up the Pilgrim Steps to Cúber

It was a 3275 feet climb,up a stone staircase, I was in heaven as I love walking up mountains especially on tracks that are signposted :-)

 Luckily the weather improved too and the sun came out making it another perfect walk through rugged mountain terrain.

It would have been a 3 hour wait for a bus back to Port de Soller but just as we arrived someone was being dropped off by a taxi so we hopped in and 30 mins later we were  back in Port de Soller enjoying our Sangria.

Geoff’s pictures are here
Tomorrow we move on to the Sanctuary at Lluc, most people would get the bus there but we shall get the bus back to Cuber then walk to Lluc :-)

Staying at the monastery for 3 nights will be quite an experience I
Just hope they don’t expect me to take a vow of silence !!

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Location:Paseo Es Travès Marina,Sóller,Spain

Circuit of Puig De Balitx

Today’s walk was the number 48 grade A+ walk taken from the Paddy Dillion book “walking in Mallorca”
 
 It was described as easy at first followed by rough descents and ascents,involving some scrambling and route finding,it also promised a long and interesting walk with panoramic views of the coast.
 
 The walk started well but eventually due to rock falls and fallen trees the tracks became hard to follow,the scenery was rugged and wild just the kind we like with huge rock faces that meant a lot of scrambling round, up and down rocks :-)


Many times we thought we had lost our way only to retrace our steps and decide it was actually the right way so up and down we went !!
 
 When we finally thought we had cracked it we met,the only other walkers to be seen all day,a German couple coming the other way only to discover they could not find the important yellow rock,after much discussion we decided that we were in fact in the totally wrong place after all :-(
 
 After some more toing and froing we decided to call it a day and retrace our steps back to Port de Soller,where we had a litre of Sangria to drown our sorrows.
 
 It’s the first time we have ever been beaten by a route and felt totally gutted !!
 
 We now realise that the important factor in loosing our way was crossing the dry riverbed in the valley rather than a streambed which was higher up on the path :-(
 
 
 
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Walking in Mallorca

We arrived late in Palma on Sunday night so after a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast we headed off to Port de Soller, but not before the mobile phone shops opened so Geoff could get his obligatory SIM card and Internet.

He offered to buy me one too but as I have always managed with free wifi I declined the offer not knowing how I would come to regret this :-(

We caught the lovely wooden train that runs between Palma and Soller , it was a very scenic journey and the lemon and orange orchards were amazing.

Once in Soller you could catch the tram to Port de Soller, we decided to walk but not before we tried the Sangria which I can see will become a favourite on this holiday.

Once booked into our hotel “Eden North ” we went for a stroll round.Enjoyed a lovely dinner then watched the sunset over the bay and planned our first walk.

BayToday we decided to walk along the GR 221 to Deya a beautiful walk and very well signposted, as usual we thought it was too early to stop walking when we reached Deya so after a light lunch and finally finding some free wifi we decided to carry on to Valldemossa

It started with a tough climb and was totally un signposted which made finding the way hard at times and we did lose the GR221 but it was an awesome walk,one that reminded me just how much I love walking :-)

We arrived in Valldemossa around 17.30 to discover no buses ran back to Port de Soller but luckily we found a taxi and a couple to share it with too :-)

So we arrived back in time to have our Sangria before dinner, a perfect end to a perfect walk :-)

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Boudicca 100 mile Bike sportive

I booked to do the Boudicca sportive after enjoying the wiggle no excuses so much and I thought a local 100 miles would be a good step up from 80 :-)

It was also a good opportunity to do an event with Geoff, who has recently returned from his epic ride from Hanoi to Singapore, I10170958_10201226292259132_9035799046070849219_n was also desperate to do some real riding with him.

When doing these events all you really ask for is good weather and we were blessed with the hottest day so far this year :-)

We didn’t quite get the early start we had aimed for so at around 8am we lined up with a whole bunch of other riders from SWNC, we made an impressive sight all in our lovely new club jerseys.

Starting off in such a large group made it a very fast start and in fact Geoff got carried away by another group,it took me almost 40 miles of riding before I caught him up, by which time he was well and truly in the doghouse !!

After the first feed station, where we re-fuelled on bananas, malt loaf, cheddars and fig rolls, the group thinned out as the 100 milers took the route out to Thornham.Boudicca sportive....

The ride to Thornham was very enjoyable although a few of the roads were less than comfortable to ride on, it was nice to chat to other riders as we passed, most commenting on my very matching bike and gear, once seen never forgotten !!

Soon we had covered the 69 miles and arrived at feed station 2, this was not so good as most of the food had gone and I actually could not drink the energy drink provided, it was just not to my liking :-( this was not a major problem though as I still had some of my own energy drink and an energy bar to see me to feed station 3.

I had the feeling not many slower riders did the 100 mile as other riders were very thin on the ground between 69 miles and the 3rd feed station at 88 miles, where It was very disappointing to find that they had completely ran out of food here but again we had a gel to see us through to the end.

By this time we knew the actual mileage was going to be 106, nothing to bother us but we did pass the information on to a few people so it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to them.

Amazingly we finished with a moving time of 6hr 50 making it 15.5 avg speed for 106 miles,

Got to be happy with that :-)

GEAR 10k

Another fabulous GEAR 10km Run, made more fun by the great atmosphere,sunny weather and the support/encouragement of all the lovely ladybirds.

I had no plans for this run as I was happy with my P/B from Lincoln, which I thought I would find hard to beat.

53178501-BG10K14A02333On the morning of the run it was lovely to see so many people, all wishing me good luck and extra special for me was having Geoff here with me, adding his support, so the excitement just grew and grew…..

The start of the run soon came round and it was far busier than usual, taking a good 2 mins for me to cross the start line, then it was very congested taking a while to find some space and get into a running rhythm

Half way point and the clock said 29.33 and I thought I best speed up a little, forgetting it was the gun time not my chip time…

Three quarters of the way round and I thought I was dying it had become very warm and I knew I was pushing myself hard because suddenly I wanted that P/B time.

Then Geoff appeared cheering me along, giving me the lift I needed and some how I managed to find the energy for a speedy finish

Totally delighted with my time of 56.45 and a new P/B.

Interestingly my times for running GEAR are…

2012… 1 hr 03     2013… 1hr 02      2014…. 56.45,   quite an improvement I think :-)