Bajada

A swift passage from the mountains at the source of the water catchment system, following the dry fluvial system down to the sea.

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Conclusion

Posted from María, Andalusia, Spain. I developed a great respect for walking. Distance was hard earned. There was very little margin for ‘rushing’ to the next landmark which always arrived incredibly slowly. Walking allows you to build a mental picture of the dynamic system of agencies and agents at work in the watercourse. The landscape […]

Day 5: Puerto de Mazarron

Posted from Mazarrón, Region of Murcia, Spain.I passed down back into the rambla. The urban was clearly affecting the water negatively – its colour changed. There were more strange looking materials- could have been remnants of building materials. The prevalence of litter increased. The ramblas gradually widened as it curved round passing the golf course, […]

Day 5: Local Perspective

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.I reached the ‘Camposol’ above Mazarron, which was an estate of holiday villas beside a golf course. I saw a man crossing the road. By his demeanour, posture and pulled-up Slazenger sports socks, I could tell he was from England. I asked him if he knew where I could buy […]

Day 4: Canal de Pareton

I walked beside the canal, out of the sprawl of industrialised agriculture. After a mile or two the concrete channel joined a wider concrete structure as the watercourse meandered north. I witnessed the curious sight of the grand concrete structure crumbling and sinking into the ground, which exhibited a variety of landslips and sinkholes. New […]

Day 4: Naranja

Posted from Lorca, Region of Murcia, Spain.I left the rambla and walked instead on the road with the desire to find some oranges and water. I passed numerous large house with orange and lemon trees, large patio areas with chair and tables, gates, fenced off with dogs, kitsch statues, tall palm trees and other ornamental […]

Day 4: Urban Rambling

Posted from Lorca, Region of Murcia, Spain.In the morning it was difficult to walk. At midday the following day I hobbled out of the hotel through the city into the suburbs passing lemon and orange groves in private gardens. I had a feeling that the worst part of the trip would be the areas where […]

Day 3: Lorca

Posted from Lorca, Region of Murcia, Spain.At Lorca I sheltered from the sun under a huge road bridge beside a water deposit. There was a peculiar factory-like building next to the water deposit that appeared abandoned. Some kids were throwing stones and playing beside it. In the town itself the wide river area was built […]

Day 3: Water Channel

Posted from Lorca, Region of Murcia, Spain.When I reached the dam there were people visiting the lake for leisure. A man in a building near to the dam gave me some (very chlorinated) water and drove me to an outbuilding with shade where I rested and charged my devices. A great flood destroyed the first […]

Day 3: Embalse de Puentes

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.I could see the Embalse de Puentes from my campsite. I plotted a route to descend down from the mountain side, through some terraces and follow alongside the lake until the dam. However I didn’t anticipate the numerous barrancos emptying into the lake on the side so I had to […]

Day 2: Following the Rio Luchena

Posted from Region of Murcia, Spain.I continued for the next few hours in a surreal state of focus of trekking along the paths of animals that had previously followed the river. There was plenty of growth around the watercourse – reeds and trees. The water was an enticing green and turquoise colour. I felt part […]