SO you enjoy a challenge? Would you like to discover some of Spain’s most beautiful mountain trails and help some of the most destitute children in the world at the same time?
All you need is a bit of spare time this autumn and a decent pair of walking boots.
This September a group of expats will begin a three week fund-raising walk for Nepalese children.
The 21-day, 430 km trail, is based on a book The Andalucían Coast to Coast Walk, by Guy Hunter-Watts.
Similar to a walk undertaken two years ago, the walk will set off on September 15 from a beautiful beach in Maro, close to Nerja.
From here it will wind its way through no less than seven natural parks before finally arriving at the Roman ruins at Cadiz three weeks later.
Each leg is led by walking guide Hunter-Watts and is between 16 and 27 kilometres in distance.
“It is well within the capabilities of anyone of good health who walks on a regular basis,” explains Guy, who hopes to raise tens of thousands of euros for impoverished children in Nepal.
Highlights include the mighty Maroma massif, the magnificent karst formations of El Torcal, the wild mountains of the Sierra de las Nieves and the ancient cork forests of Los Alcornocales. Passing through Competa, Carratraca, Ronda, Jimena, Castellar and Tarifa, the walk takes you to the heart of Andalucía’s magnificent sierras.
The group will stay in simple village accommodation, picnic along the way and get together most evenings at dinner. Even better, there will be a support van for moving luggage from village to village.
So far four intrepid walkers have signed up for all 21 days while others plan to join the group for a day or more.
Layla Paterson, secretary and trustee of the Sherpa School, in Nepal, told the Olive Press: “The response last time was simply extraordinary.
“Over 100 walkers joined us for a day or more, and raised more than £40,000 in sponsorship. It was enough to pay for an extension to be built to the school, allowing us to expand by another three classrooms.
“We’re very much hoping that the Olive Press can encourage other walkers to join us on the walk.”
New sponsors are urgently needed and it’s hoped that all walkers who participate will sponsor a child, donate to the charity or find friends to sponsor them on the walk.
For further information contact Layla Paterson [email protected] or telephone 956 23 40 48