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near Beniardá, Valencia (España)
This strenuous but exciting walk has very little flat sections. The ups and downs are often very steep. Some path finding skills required as paths are overgrown in places and can be badly eroded. The normal approach to El Castlett (Serrella Castle) is from the North at Castell de Castells. This more dramatic approach is from the South near Guadalest. The ascent of the rugged Borranco de les Coves begins on the West side with a good path. A rock scramble brings us to the east side. This crossing is made more exciting when there is flowing water. The path continues ascending as it heads into the spectacular widening Canal of Malla de Lloup. About half way up the Canal we exit by zig zagings up the east side, affording great views of the Canal as we gain height. The very steep track leading up to the pinnacle of El Castelet can be daunting but good views offer excuses for many rest stops. The scramble up to the castle ruins (not for those suffering from vertigo) is rewarded with stunning 360-degree views. A steep decent on a partially surfaced road followed by a nice ramble on an abandoned track to return to the Barranco de las Coves where we retrace our steps back to the start.
WALK SPECS: DISTANCE 10.9km. WALKING TIME 3 ¾ hrs. ASCENT 768mtrs. GRADE S/Scr
(Walking time only add time for breaks and lunch)
WRITEUP BY: Jean & Bob Hall firstname.lastname@example.org VERIFIED Nov. 2014
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