Aug 162012
 

On Monday 13th August, together with my regular riding buddy Mark (he likes to see his titles change from initially “client” to “returning client” to “regular riding partner” and so on!…) I completed a superb route around the valleys and peaks of the Serpis and Gallinera area of Valencia.

The peaks of the Valle de Gallinera.

Despite the heat, once we were on the move it was quite comfortable – an advantage of biking over walking in the summer months is that there´s always a breeze.  We started by descending into the very pretty Serpis valley where we followed the riverside trail to the village of Lorxa.

After a coffee stop in the village, excuses exhausted we had no choice but to climb up over the mountains before descending steeply to the Gallinera Valley.  The climb was quite steep and sustained but the views of a Golden Eagle soaring over the peaks made the hard work worthwhile.

Nearing the top of the main climb of the day.

Once in the Gallinera valley we took a surfaced track through almond groves before switching to a stony trail with a short technical descent to the ancient village of Planes.  From there we enjoyed an easy descent to the Beniarres reservoir.

Beniarres Reservoir and the peak of Benicadell

We then had a choice of a steep hill climb or a river crossing – the heat of the day made for a quick decision…

About to get wet!

A quick blast back to Lorxa for another stop at the bar followed by the return leg through the Serpis valley took us back to the van by early evening.

An absolutely fantastic day out amongst some extremely diverse and dramatic scenery.

 

 

Written by David Warrington.

Mountain Bike Guide & Instructor at Mountain Biking Valencia.

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