David Warrington

Apr 262012
Bike Hire in Gandia

On Friday 20th April, I received a call from the Casa Rural (B&B) Villa Florencia.  A family of 4 from England were staying there and wanted to hire 4 of our mountain bikes with which to explore the beautiful valley of Marxuquera. Having taken the relevant information on sizing etc, we delivered the four bikes to Villa Florencia and after a brief safety demonstration the guests were trying out the bikes.  Mountain biking was new to two of the group but they soon felt comfortable with the bikes.  We also provided a self guided route pack.  Specifically designed for beginners, [read more]

Apr 142012
Guided Biking for Families in Valencia

On 10th April I had the pleasure of providing a guided biking trip for a family group who were holidaying in Spain.  The group comprised 4 adults and 2 children, both aged 10.  Although some members had mountain biking experience, others didn´t so we opted to do a trip around the Natural Park of Albufera de Valencia.  Although the route was 34km in length, it was flat with no technical terrain. Each member of the group hired a mountain bike from us, and after some last minute checks, we began the ride.  To make the day more interesting for the [read more]

Mar 302012
Mountain Biking Holiday in Valencia

This week we provided mountain bikes to a group of clients from Canada who had booked a mountain biking holiday in Valencia. All experienced bikers, they opted for a combination of self guiding, using some route information packages provided by ourselves plus a day of guiding. Having delivered the Trek mountain bikes to their holiday accommodation, we decided upon Thursday 29th March as the day for the guided biking. We met in the village close to their holiday home and set off in the van to the Valle de Albaida where we enjoyed a coffee together whilst I checked and [read more]

Feb 232012
A day of guided mountain biking in the winter sunshine.

On Wednesday I gladly provided a day of guided mountain biking for clients Mark and Nicholas.  For Mark, the owner of a local hotel, this was his third trip out with us.  Nicholas, an Australian tourist was back-packing through Europe and was spending a few days here in Spain. Mark and Nicholas opted to rent a couple of Trek mountain bikes from us, and after a brief introduction and pre-ride checks, we hit the trail. Today´s route was very civilised as the first 1.5km were all down hill, providing a gentle warm up.   Having descended through some woods, we emerged onto [read more]

Jan 302012
Combine Mountain Biking in Spain with a City Break, Rural Get-Away or Beach Holiday

As it´s the time of year when thoughts are turning to the warmer months ahead and of holidays in the sun, we´re all thinking of how we can maximise our precious free time and of course value for our hard earned cash. These days, more people are opting for a vacation that provides the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities rather than just a beach holiday or sight-seeing trip. However, it´s often the case that to indulge in a favourite hobby whilst away, one has to opt for a specifically organised activity holiday.  Here at Nature Trail Spain, we recognise that such [read more]

Jan 272012
Designing a New Guided Mountain Bike Route

In preparation for the forthcoming season, I have been working on a new Guided Mountain Bike Route that will now be added to our portfolio. This is one of our tougher routes as it includes some very steep ascents and takes in a remote and high mountain pass. I´ve been working on this one for a while, essentially trying to join up various off-road sections to form a circular route that minimises the amount of on-road work and makes the most of the rural tracks and trails. After 3 or 4 outings, today´s objective was to ride and record the entire [read more]

Jan 212012
Guided Mountain Biking from La Drova.

Today, I had the pleasure of introducing Mark, the owner of a local country hotel to the joys of mountain biking.  Although he´s an active sportsman, and a keen runner, he´s never been out on a mountain bike.  He admitted to having been keen to give mountain biking a try for a while, so a day of guided mountain biking from La Drova, our home base, proved to be a great introduction. He was provided with a helmet and fully equipped Trek mountain bike.  Following some initial instruction on bike set-up, efficient braking, pedaling and gear changing we set off along [read more]

Jan 162012
Short Sharp Training Ride

A busy schedule dictated that I didn´t have a lot of time for a ride last Saturday but the day was perfect with blue skies and very little wind.  Therefore I decided (somewhat hesitantly) to do one of my short training rides.  Today I chose the very short but very steep ride up to the top of Monduver.  The route is very short, infact only a few kms but it´s straight uphill from my doorstep to the summit, a climb of almost 500 metres to the summit that stands at 841 metres above sea level. Despite the sustained steep climb, the [read more]