Serra de Bérnia – Fort de Bérnia circular

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The hike follows the same route as walk number 8110 to begin with – an easy ramble down to the spring and water trough along the meandering dirt road. From here our way takes us steadily up towards the Penyas del Portixol and we begin to have to clamber up rocky crevices and cross scree. Eventually we climb up to the tunnel which connects the north and south sides of the enormous Serra Bérnia ridge. An uncomfortable 250m scramble through brings us to an unforgettable view point where we can look down on a vast expanse of the Mediterranean coastline. We continue along a rocky footpath and soon divert upwards briefly to visit the Neolithic cliff paintings before resuming our rocky way- once again negotiating scree and clambering as necessary. Eventually we are at the Fort de Bérnia at over 800m above sea level and it is from here that we could, if experienced and brave enough, tackle the 1.5K climb up to the mountain top viewpoint at 1176m above sea level. We are advised that this route involves crossing much loose scree and thus the descent could be very tricky. From the Fort we head north initially for a short distance before curving right to descend beside a huge canyon. Our footpath is clear and very soon we reach a wide track close to the Racó de la Sagaissa headland. Once more we take to a meandering footpath taking us down through pine woods to reach a wide track. This all too soon brings us back to where we parked the car.

Spain - East Spain - Alicante - Serra de Bernia

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mountains, Restaurant, Wildlife, Woodland