I am returning soon to the Sierra de Guadarrama, near Madrid, to complete my research for Book Three. Few people in the UK have heard of the Guadarrama, so it will be called “The Mountains of Madrid”. I have the help of Tim Price, a young Englishman who was born and bred in Madrid. We aim to have the book on the shelves in time for Autumn 2019.
This is a brilliant walking area, with lots of easy, moderate and strenuous routes taking you to over 2,400 metres altitude. The views are long-distance and brilliant. And you get the chance to visit the famous capital city of Spain as well.
In the spring of 2020 I will be leading a group, as often, from the wonderful Finca el Cerrillo in Canillas de Albaida. I will be taking the group on from there to Granada where they will walk in the Alpujarras, in the city of Granada, and in the Sierra Sub-Betica, which is half way between Granada and Córdoba. I am looking forward to returning to some of my old walking routes for the first time in a little while.
The group are clients of Walk It Cornwall – http://www.walkitcornwall.co.uk/en/
I am pleased to say that I have recently received the following message from a person who bought my Picos de Europa book. The printers had made a mess of the third reprint, and had to print it over again.
“I arrived home today to find
your book delivered as promised.
I have to say a big thank you
for your exceptional customer service.
I am visiting the Picos in
early summer and am looking forward to walking a few of the routes
Thank you once again.”
I spent a few days in the Sierra de Guadarrama over new year, working on Spanish Trails Book Three, “The Mountains of Madrid”. Then I headed south to lead another walking group in the Sierra Almijara.
The weather has been fantastic. Scarcely a cloud in the sky for over three weeks.
Yesterday I explored two routes I have not previously done. Firstly the ascent from Acebuchal to El Fuerte, and then up once more to Cerro Verde. The path to El Fuerte is now a good one, although somebody has put up large ugly signs saying private property. However, the path has been recently cleared and cairned, so at this stage I don’t understand this. I will need to make some enquiries, as this is a fabulous ascent which I would like to use again.
On request I can put you in touch with a British mountain leader, Sam Benson. Sam operates in the Picos de Europa. He is well qualified as a mountain leader (MIA, ML, SPA) and has led walks and climbs in many parts of the world, including treks to Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro. (But he also offers less demanding programmes!)
Sam has guided for many different operators, but works independently in the Picos. He will discuss programmes with you for you and your group to suit your requirements.
To get in touch, just send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t claim any degree of perfection in my work. Anybody can make mistakes! But it is gratifying to receive some compliments about my work, and here are some extracts from emails I have received recently.
“I bought your book ……………… and it arrived this morning. I have had a good read through it and it is so good I have booked a 2 week walking and learning Spanish course through PeakMe in Panes for the second and third week in October.”
“…. book one is very, very good and I look forward to being able to get your follow on books and doing some of the walks.”
“ I only did one walk from your book ……….. that was the Sedo de Mabro option to Walk 26 (Cares Gorge). The only addition I would make is in the last paragraph and it’s for reassurance to say that you cross the stream about half way down then re-cross it 3 times more by the bottom. I loved it.
“ many thanks for your book, i had bought it at Stanfords, London, and i really appreciated it. the descriptions are very clear, i also liked a lot the hand-drawn sketches ……. we combined some of your itineraries extending and joining them through a simple map-reading, and spent several wonderful days up there. i also appreciated how the book is organized (the subdivision according to access points, the difficulty rating, the overall information, etc).”
From Ontario, Canada:
“ …… thank you for your wonderful Spanish Trails book. It has been our most essential tool in planning our trip to Spain this September. We are so very excited for our upcoming travels and exploring the Picos de Europa.”
From Amazon’s website:
“ Really useful guide. Forgot the map one day and the directions and descriptions were accurate to the cm. Really useful. I wish there was one of these for every place I visit.”
“This book is easy to read and follow and brings to life the beauty of the Picos. Excellent!”