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Early on Tuesday morning, the 7th May, 26 members of the club set out for Dublin airport en-route to Lanjarón in the Sierra Nevada, on a seven-day walking holiday. Lanjarón is a famous spa town located at 650m in the Lecrin Valley on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada in Andalusia, south east Spain. The group stayed at the Hotel Alcadima with a brilliant pool, super facilities, helpful and friendly staff, wonderful cuisine and perfectly located to enjoy a broad range of local walks.
The five arranged walks accommodated the range of ability within the group. The routes included local loop walks around Lanjarón, a high altitude, 2,500m – 2,650m, ramble on the northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, and some challenging linear walks between local Alpujarra villages to the east of Lanjarón.
The local loop walks followed dirt paths with some sections paved with railings that wrap around the cliffs and run along the rushing irrigation water channels. The walks passed old farms, fruit and olive orchards, chapel and heritage buildings, old wheat thrashing platforms, and amazing local flowering flora opening out to reveal spectacular views.
The high altitude walk followed the snow-covered slopes of the Sierra Nevada in the National Park, with melting snow streams, waterfalls, herds of feral goats, birds of prey and amazing natural local flora and vegetation.

The linear walks between the local Alpujarra villages included some challenging climbs, rocky descents along tracks, paths, and roadways. The villages reveal a unique type of architecture in the buildings, adapted to the structure of the irregular land and to the climate of the area, which are arranged in narrow streets where the memory lingers in its Moorish past. The surrounding landscape included lush forest along the edge of the mountain with fast running rivers below. The surrounding managed terraced landscape with spring flowering flora afforded spectacular photogenic and panoramic views.
The trip was completed with a day-visit to Granada with a guided tour of the monumental Palaces and Gardens of the Alhambra, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site.



We were delighted to make a donation to SEMRA, the South East Mountain Rescue Association on Sunday 28th April. The cheque was presented by Eileen Ryan to Liz, Georgina and Marie from SEMRA prior to the club walks. The assembled walkers were given a tour of a SEMRA vehicle which is equipped for any eventually on the hills. The training achieved and commitment of the SEMRA volunteers deserves support and the club acknowledges the vital work they do.

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