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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

El Chorro, Arab Steps

Start Point:
Having done the recce we have discovered it is almost impossible to park at El Chorro due to the popularity of the Caminito del Rey. We therefore propose to meet for coffee at Venta El Cruce in Ardales at 10.00am, leaving at 10.30 am. Head towards Ardales on the A357 turning off at the sign for Ardales after Carratraca. Stay on this road until you see Restaurant El Cruce on the right. It may be possible to share cars from here and leave some at the Venta. After coffee we will turn right and continue onto the MA 5403 to El Chorro. Cross the bridge into El Chorro and drive past the restaurant La Garganta. Continue along this road (poor surface) , bearing left and heading uphill. Keep left until you reach a white building on the left. There is parking next to this building for 4or 5 cars and others can park up on the road. We aim to start walking at 11.00am.
10 km Duration: 5 hrs
Meet Point:
El Cruce restaurant, Ardales.
10:00 Leader: Julie & Lawrence
We start our walk from here, turning left into the Parc Naturale and pick up the wide track from El Chorro winding up the hillside. After approximately 3 km. we turn left at the sign for the Arab Steps. The next section is quite unique, not suitable for anyone with vertigo, but your efforts are rewarded with the most amazing views. The stone Steps, approximately 200 were built by the Arabs many centuries ago and they form a hidden passage up the cliff. At the top we turn right and follow the track up the back of the cliff with an unexpected cortijo and arable fields on our left. This track leads us into woodland, meeting the original route from El Chorro. We will lunch in this copse. We then head downhill picking up a different pathway taking us left past a farm and a ruined cortijo before continuing through the trees and back to the original track leading to the cars.
El Chorro
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