Sendero del Pedro López Circular

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From the mirador at Collado Magueta we begin by walking westwards and soon climbing past ruined and restored ice pits (pozos de nieve) (see additional information). Reaching the Collado de Don Eleutario we follow the Sendero del Pedro López and meander our way high up, enjoying the stark beauty of the mountains around us. Barbary sheep (see additional iformation) abound and we will see many feeding stations as we progress. Soon we have the chance to divert briefly and climb to the summit of Pedro López itself at 1,568m. Now our route begins to descend as we make our way past the ruins of often large mountain houses. We will make a diversion away from the marked route to cut the distance a little and walk due south down to Casas Nuevas. From here we will meander past caves, eventually to reach the sad ruin of the once lovely Casa Forestale de la Carrasca (see additional information). Now we are deep below the cliffs of Espuña itself (1,583m) and begin a long and steady climb along forest tracks, making our way northwards and eventually return to Collada de Don Eleutrio, from where we retrace our weary footsteps to the start, not forgetting to divert very briefly to visit a wonderfully restored pozo de nieve.

Spain - East Spain - Murcia - Sierra de Espuña

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Mountains, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland
09/03/2018 - William Luke

Walked it last Wednesday 7-3-18 fabulous walk. Really enjoyed it. Saw the Barbary Sheep and more Eagles you can shake a stick at. It was a bit fresh 7 c on top but clear blue sky and no wind ( bit like Lake District in Summer) got around with summer walking trousers and 2 lightweight layers plus thin RAB top. Great walk.

07/03/2016 - Jim Arymar

Following Graham Barthorpe's comments, I have amended the description at way mark 8 so that there is hopefully less chance of missing this important footpath.If any future walkers find that this footpath somehow no longer exists or has been barred to walkers, perhaps they would let Walkingworld know. As Graham writes, continuing along the wide track for a further 2.2 kilometers brings you way mark 13 but misses the fascinating farm ruin. Jim Arymar

03/03/2016 - Graham Barthorpe

At point 8 the path descending right from the main track is no longer discernible. The way-marked route PRMU63 now carries straight on and is easy to follow with no deviations. The track picks up with instructions at point 13. It effectively by passes the mountain house which can be seen from the track. Pity, it looked interesting. I clocked the revised route as 15.7km so no real change in distance. Made my wife's day when we met a flock of Barbary sheep!!