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La Rapita to Cunit - 144.9 km - February 2009

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14th February 2009 - Arrival
15th February 2009 - La Rapita to L Aldea Amposta
16th February 2009 - L Aldea Amposta to L Ametlla de Mar
17th February 2009 - L Ametlla de Mar to L Hospitalet
18th February 2009 - L Hospitalet de L Infant to Salou
19th February 2009 - Salou to Tarragona
20th February 2009 - Tarragona to Torredembrada
21st February 2009 - Torredembarra to Cunit
22nd February 2009 - Departure

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Train-Route-Cunit-to-L-Aldea-Amopsta.kml - Download this KML file. If installed, this loads into Google Earth.
Train-Route-Cunit-to-L-Aldea-Amopsta.gdb - Download this GDB file. If installed, this loads into Garmin MapSource.
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This walk was mostly along the coast. We took two days to cross the delta of the Ebre river, we got quite far from the sea. The delta land was agricultural and driained like Holland or Lincolnshire in England. There were irrigation canals too. The coastal walking included sea front paths, beaches, gravel tracks and mountainous cliff paths. There were many sections parallel with the railway. South of Tarragona there is heavy industry so we headed inland for a day to bypass this. North of Tarragona, the coastal villages became busier. They are near enough to Barcelona for weekend outings. May family groups were using cafes and walking along the coastal ramblas.

The weather was dry and cool. When the sun came out it was warm enough to bask in comfort. The cloudy days were chilly and we were flushed from our resting places by the cold.

Date / Distance

Transport and Route Summary

Sat 14th 
Feb 2009

London Stansted to Barcelons (Girona).
Car, fly, bus, walk, train, car.
We drove to Stansted at 02:30 in the morning. The Pink Elephant was adequate. Our on-line check worked and the Easyjet flight to Girona was 30 minutes late. Both Anne and Neil had their bags searched but we both passed to travel.

Sun 15thFeb 2009
17.7 km

La Rapita to L'Aldea Amposta Tortosa
Train, Bus, Walk, Train.
The walk was along small canals passing rice paddies. It was overcast and rather cool. The canals seem to be set up to flood the rice paddies.

Mon 16thFeb 2009
27.1 km

L'Aldea Amposta to L'Ametlla de Mar
Train, Walk, Train.
More canals followed by coastal paths and roads. We picked up the GR92 route. This crossed some quite steep mountain terrain and ravines. We were tired after this long and strenuous walk.

Tue 17th Feb 2009
22.1 km

L'Ametlla de Mar to Hospitalet de L'Infant
Train, Walk, Train.
This walk would have been perfect after the dawn chills ended. However the main coast road and railway follow a similar route so it is impossible to get away from the noise even if the traffic is some distance away.

Wed 18th Feb 2009
24.3 km

L'Hospitalet de L'Infant-to-Salou
Train.
After the gale force Mestral winds early in the day, this walk became pleasant. It followed the coast closley although we sought shenter from the wind a few yards inland.

Thu 19th Feb 2009
15.4 km

Salou to Tarragona
Train
This is a heavily industrialised zone. We headed inland and walked on grass and lanes until we reached the city.

Fri 20th Feb 2009
17.2 km

Tarragona to Torredembarra.
Train.
Roman ruins, woodland paths, cliff-top paths, beaches, picturesque villages. All rather nice.

Sat 21st Feb 2009
21.1 km

Torredembarra to Cunit.
Train.
Sea front becoming busy with the weekend nice weather. We are getting near Barcelona and it be more crowded.

Sun 22nd Feb 2009

Barcelons (Reus) to Stansted.
Taxi, Flight, Car.
Uneventful. Small airports with one shop are so much nicer than the giants like Heathrow.

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