Nov 142011

I had the pleasure of taking a couple from Yorkshire out biking in the mountains of the Albaida region of Valencia today. They fancied a high level route to make the most of the stunning views in this area.

The route that I chose has a tough start and climbs 400 metres in the initial 4km. However, for this time of year that´s perfect as provided that you´re out in good time, all the hard work is done before the sun is high in the sky.

Mountain trail at over 750 metres above sea level

We set off at a good steady pace, climbing up the flanks of the mountain to a height in excess of 750 metres. The views were spectacular so having done the tough part already we sat in the shade for a “breather”.

Iron Cross monument high above the Albaida Valley

There then followed a long steady traverse of the sierra on rocky trails before a great descent all the way down to the Albaida Valley. We used the agricultural trails for our return leg, passing through some old farming villages along the way.

We enjoyed a coffee in the shade of an old square before completing the final few kms along a shady country lane. A super day out and one that will hopefully provide happy memories.

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