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Portugal, Turkey - A Log of a Walk Across Europe

Cape St. Vincent to Istanbul - 8000 km - Monday 14th April 2003

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0 Portugal, Turkey - A Log of a Walk Across Europe - Monday 14th April 2003
Cape St. Vincent to Istanbul - 8000 km, The walk markers can be clicked. Year markers are red. Accommodation markers are blue.
1 Portugal, Algarve West - Monday 14th April 2003
Cape St Vincent to Vila do Bispo - 12 km, Bus. Quiet roads, wonderful views and a wildlife garden beyond compare. Many flowers. Minimal traffic. Fantastic views.
2 Portugal, Algarve West - Tuesday 15th April 2003
Vila do Bispo to Vale de Boi - 15 km, Bus. Quiet roads, eucalyptus forest tracks, a wind farm, country lanes, meadows, excellent views, little traffic. Fantastic views.
3 Portugal, Algarve West - Wednesday 16th April 2003
Vale de Boi to Espiche - 10.7 km, Bus. Quiet country lanes through farm land and scrub. Farm tracks. Country lanes. Fields. Orchids. Nice.
4 Portugal, Algarve West - Thursday 17th April 2003
Espiche to Odiaxere - 10.7 km, Bus. Quiet country lanes, a few busier roads and a river valley. Farm land. River valley.
5 Portugal, Algarve West - Friday 18th April 2003
Odiaxere to Portimao - 23.4 km, Bus and train. Quiet country lanes, dirt roads through farm land, a very indirect and tiring route. We were not fit. Very nice views.
6 Portugal, Algarve West - Saturday 19th April 2003
Portimao to Silves - 14.2 km, Busy road at start. Farm land. Rice farmer. Agricultural.
7 Portugal, Algarve West - Sunday 20th April 2003
Silves to Alcantarilha - 11 km, Country lanes. Farm tracks. Cork factory.
8 Portugal, Algarve West - Monday 21st April 2003
Alcantarilha to Tunes - 13.9 km, Country lanes.
8 Portugal, Algarve West - Tuesday 22nd April 2003
Lagos, Rest day.
9 Portugal, Algarve West - Wednesday 23rd April 2003
Tunes to Boliqueime - 20.5 km, Country lanes. Farm tracks. Wild lands.
9 Portugal, Algarve West - Thursday 24th April 2003
Lagos, Margaret not well.
10 Portugal, Algarve West - Friday 25th April 2003
Boliqueime to Loule Station - 10.6 km, Country lanes.
10 Portugal, Algarve East - Sunday 4th April 2004
Tavira, Explored base
11 Portugal, Algarve East - Monday 5th April 2004
Loule Station to Estoi - 22.8 km, Mostly quiet roads. Forest track.
12 Portugal, Algarve East - Tuesday 6th April 2004
Estoi to Livramento - 22.2 km, Quiet mountain lane. Busier road to coast. Wild tulips.
13 Portugal, Algarve East - Wednesday 7th April 2004
Livramento to Luz - 8.8 km, Coastal farm tracks.
14 Portugal, Algarve East - Thursday 8th April 2004
Luz to Tavira - 8.3 km, Coastal farm tracks.
14 Portugal, Algarve East - Friday 9th April 2004
Vila Real, Day trip to Vila Real and Ayamonte (ferry with Bach)
15 Portugal, Algarve East - Saturday 10th April 2004
Tavira to Cacela - 18.5 km, Farm and country lanes.
15 Portugal, Algarve East - Sunday 11th April 2004
Tavira, Rest day on beach. 11.1km
16 Portugal, Algarve East - Monday 12th April 2004
Cacela to Vila Real - 24.1 km, Farm and country lanes. Beach.
16 Portugal, Spain, Algarve East, Andalucia, Huelva - Tuesday 13th April 2004
Huelva, Day trip to Huelva.
17 Portugal, Spain, Algarve East, Andalucia, Huelva - Wednesday 14th April 2004
Vila Real/Ayamonte to Lepe - 26.3 km, Disused railway.
17 Portugal, Algarve East - Thursday 15th April 2004
Antennas to Estoi, Quiet mountain lane. 8km
17 Portugal, Algarve East - Friday 16th April 2004
Tavira to Circular, Quiet roads. 12.3km
18 Spain, Andalucia, Huelva - Sunday 13th February 2005
Lepe to Huelva - 31.9 km, Disused railway. Levada access road. Quiet lanes. Busy road.
19 Spain, Andalucia, Huelva - Monday 14th February 2005
Huelva to Mazagon - 22.6 km, Coast road busy at start. Empty road after ports.
20 Spain, Andalucia, Huelva - Tuesday 15th February 2005
Mazagon to Matalascañas - 31.2 km, Quiet coast road and forest path.
20 Spain, Andalucia, Huelva - Wednesday 16th February 2005
Matalascañas, Rest day.
21 Spain, Andalucia, Huelva - Thursday 17th February 2005
Sanlucar to Matalascañas - 30.4 km, Beach and dunes
21 Spain, Andalucia, Huelva - Friday 18th February 2005
Acebuche, Walk round Acebuche park 6.3km
22 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Sunday 27th March 2005
Donana to Sanlucar - 2.2 km, Crossed to Donana national park to join on the walk.
23 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Monday 28th March 2005
Sanlucar to Rota - 28.4 km, Beach almost all the way. Slightly busy road near the end.
24 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Tuesday 29th March 2005
Rota to Santa Maria - 25.5 km, Busy road often bypassed by a pecuaria. American air base.
25 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Wednesday 30th March 2005
Santa Maria to Chiclana - 34.4 km, Semi urban cycle and foot paths bypassed to autovia. Roads becoming busier. Very long walk. Home on the last bus after 10pm.
26 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Thursday 31st March 2005
Chiclana to Sancti Petri - 10.4 km, Unexpected busy road with no escape.
26 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Friday 1st April 2005
Algeciras, Day trip to Algeciras.
27 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Saturday 2nd April 2005
Sancti Petri to Novo Sancti Petri - 11.9 km, Quiet tree lined roads.
28 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Sunday 3rd April 2005
Novo Sancti Petri to Conil - 16.2 km, Mostly beach.
29 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Monday 4th April 2005
Conil to Barbate - 24.7 km, Mostly beach.
30 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Tuesday 5th April 2005
Barbate to Atlanterra - 17.1 km, Beach and empty road.
31 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Wednesday 6th April 2005
Atlanterra to Torre de la Pena 2 - 23.2 km, Beach, forest, many small steep dunes and a quiet road. Two Zonas Militares.
31 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Thursday 7th April 2005
Playa Barrosa, Local walk. 7.2km
32 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Sunday 12th February 2006
Torre de la Pena 2 to Tarifa - 13.6 km, Beach and wade.
33 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Monday 13th February 2006
Tarifa to Pelayo - 20.7 km, Farm tracks and meadows. Zona Militar.
34 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Tuesday 14th February 2006
Pelayo to Algeciras - 15.8 km, Farm tracks and meadows. Zona Militar. Busy road at end.
34 Gibraltar, Gibraltar - Wednesday 15th February 2006
Gibraltar, Day trip. Met Father Francis
35 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Thursday 16th February 2006
Algeciras to Estacion de San Roque - 25.5 km, Mixture of urban and country roads. Some very quiet. Prison.
36 Spain, Andalucia, Cadiz - Friday 17th February 2006
Estacion de San Roque to La Linea - 22.7 km, Quiet roads. Farms. Bulls. Busy hot road at the very end.
37 Gibraltar, Gibraltar - Saturday 18th February 2006
Gibraltar to - 13.5 km, Urban roads.
38 Gibraltar, Gibraltar - Tuesday 4th April 2006
Gibraltar to Gibraltar East Side - 3.8 km, Urban roads.
39 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Wednesday 5th April 2006
La Linea to Torre Guardiaro - 22.2 km, Beach. Golden mile.
40 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Thursday 6th April 2006
Torre Guardiaro to Estepona - 21.7 km, Beach and busy road. Altitude log showed 30000 metres on a beach walk (oops).
40 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Friday 7th April 2006
Marbella, Day trip.
41 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Saturday 8th April 2006
Estepona west to Estepona east - 9 km, Golden mile. Processions.
42 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Sunday 9th April 2006
Estepona east to Marbella west - 26.2 km, Beach, road and golden mile.
43 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Monday 10th April 2006
Marbella west to Cala de Mijas - 19.5 km, Beach, road and golden mile.
44 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Tuesday 11th April 2006
Cala de Mijas to Torrequebrada - 23.1 km, Beach, road and golden mile.
44 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Wednesday 12th April 2006
Jardin Botanico Fiasco, Abortive trip to a building site. Visited beach.
45 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Thursday 13th April 2006
Torrequebrada to Malaga - 23.9 km, Beach, road and golden mile.
45 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Friday 14th April 2006
Ronda, Day trip
45 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Saturday 15th April 2006
Estepona, Local walk. 16.5km
45 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Wednesday 20th December 2006
Rincon de la Victoria, Local walk, shopping etc.
46 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Thursday 21st December 2006
Malaga to Rincon de la Victoria - 20.4 km, Beach, road and golden mile.
47 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Friday 22nd December 2006
Rincon de la Victoria to Velez Malaga - 27.4 km, Beach, road, golden mile and mountain road.
47 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Saturday 23rd December 2006
Rincon de la Victoria, Wet day
48 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Sunday 24th December 2006
Velez Malaga to Torrox - 17.4 km, Beach, road and golden mile.
48 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Monday 25th December 2006
Rincon de la Victoria, Christmas day on the beach.
48 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Tuesday 26th December 2006
Alora, Day trip to Alora
49 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Wednesday 27th December 2006
Torrox to Maro - 15.7 km, Beach, road and golden mile.
50 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga/Granada - Thursday 28th December 2006
Maro to Almunecar - 24.5 km, Busy mountain coast road with occasional beach and bypasses.
51 Spain, Andalucia, Granada - Friday 29th December 2006
Almunecar to Motril - 22.3 km, Busy mountain coast road with occasional beach and bypasses.
51 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Saturday 30th December 2006
Rincon de la Victoria, Day on beach, Chicken and fried patatas. Nice.
51 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Sunday 31st December 2006
Rincon de la Victoria to Almayate Bajo, Quiet mountain road. 19.8km. Not part of the walk across Europe.
51 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Monday 1st January 2007
Rincon de la Victoria, Local walk
51 Spain, Andalucia, Malaga - Tuesday 2nd January 2007
Rincon de la Victoria to Beccles, Delays blamed on the computer.
51 Spain, Andalucia, Granada - Saturday 10th February 2007
La Rabita, Flew from Stansted. Explored base and did shopping. Bought a woolly blanket.
52 Spain, Andalucia, Granada - Sunday 11th February 2007
Motril to Castell de Ferro - 25.8 km, Mountain road. Quiet after leaving Motril urban area.
53 Spain, Andalucia, Granada - Monday 12th February 2007
Castell de Ferro to La Rabita - 22.1 km, Beach, golden mile, busy coast road.
54 Spain, Andalucia, Granada/Almeria - Tuesday 13th February 2007
La Rabita to Adra - 17 km, Beach, plasticos, golden mile, busy coast road.
54 Spain, Andalucia, Granada - Wednesday 14th February 2007
Granada, Day trip to Granada and the Bosque de Alhambra
55 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Thursday 15th February 2007
Adra to Almerimar - 28.6 km, Plasticos, beach, farm track and not much busy road at all.
56 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Friday 16th February 2007
Almerimar to Playa Serena - 20 km, Marismas nearly all the way. Mosquitoes.
56 Spain, Andalucia, Granada - Saturday 17th February 2007
La Rabita, Dull day. Stayed at home.
56 Spain, Andalucia, Granada - Sunday 18th February 2007
La Rabita, Flew back to Norwich in the afternoon.
56 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Saturday 31st March 2007
Stansted to Almeria, Flew from Stansted. Arrived late evening.
57 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Sunday 1st April 2007
Playa Serena to Aguadulce - 11.7 km, Golden mile. Wasteland. More golden mile.
58 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Monday 2nd April 2007
Aguadulce to Almeria Airport - 24 km, Busy coast road. Almeria port and town. Nice coastal path. Airport perimeter.
59 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Tuesday 3rd April 2007
Almeria Airport to Cabo de Gata (pueblo) - 16.9 km, Airport perimeter. Small town. Wonderful nature reserve most of the way.
60 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Wednesday 4th April 2007
Cabo de Gata (pueblo) to San Jose - 21 km, Nature reserve. Quiet coast road. Mountain unmade road. Hail thunder storm.
60 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Thursday 5th April 2007
Roquetas de Mar, Boat trip. Sea sick (not us). Saw tornado.
60 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Friday 6th April 2007
Aguadulce, Dull weather, Rest Day.
60 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Saturday 7th April 2007
Retamar to Almeria Airport, Used the wrong bus so a 5.6 km unplanned walk.
61 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Sunday 8th April 2007
San Jose to La Isleta del Moro - 11.6 km, Unmade mountain roads. Short stretch of coast road near La Isleta.
62 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Monday 9th April 2007
La Isleta del Moro to Las Negras - 11.1 km, Coast road in driving headwind rain.
63 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Tuesday 10th April 2007
Las Negras to Agua Amarga - 15.1 km, Mountain paths. Hippy colony. Strenuous.
64 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Wednesday 11th April 2007
Agua Amarga to Carboneras - 10.6 km, Quiet coast road. Port and golden mile. Carboneras town roads.
65 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Thursday 12th April 2007
Carboneras to Mojacar - 20.5 km, Quietish coast road. Gloden mile and beach.
65 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Friday 13th April 2007
Cabo de Gata Reserve, Took Margaret to see the sights.
65 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Saturday 14th April 2007
Almeria to Stansted, Flew back to Stansted in the evening.
65 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Thursday 20th December 2007
Stansted to Almeria, Fog. Flew from Stansted to Almeria. Arrived for a late lunch. Fairly easy Journey.
66 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Friday 21st December 2007
Mojacar to Garrucha - 6.1 km, A short walk along the beach and roads through a tourist area.
67 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Saturday 22nd December 2007
Garrucha to Pozo del Esparto - 22.1 km, A walk along beaches and then the very quiet coast road. Nice.
68 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria, Murcia - Sunday 23rd December 2007
Pozo del Esparto to Calabardina - 24.5 km, Rob took us to the start. Cliff top paths. Beaches. Busy road at the end.
69 Spain, Murcia - Monday 24th December 2007
Calabardina to Cloque - 17.8 km, Beach and mountain roads and paths. Perfect. Rob fetched us from the end.
69 Spain, Murcia - Tuesday 25th December 2007
Calabardina to Mazarron, A day trip to Mazarron for a Christmas picnic at the harbour.
70 Spain, Murcia - Wednesday 26th December 2007
Cloque to Isla Plana - 22.7 km, Coastal tracks. Very nice. Fairly busy road at the end.
71 Spain, Murcia - Thursday 27th December 2007
Isla Plana to Cartagena - 26.5 km, Cold, wet, busy road, long walk, long wait for the bus back. Excellent views.
72 Spain, Murcia - Friday 28th December 2007
Cartagena to Los Nietos Viejos - 22.9 km, Very interesting. Often able to get off road. Mines. Farms. Nice views.
73 Spain, Murcia - Saturday 29th December 2007
Los Nietos Viejos to Los Nietos - 24.2 km, Mostly golden mile, beach paths and salinas. Much nicer than we expected.
73 Spain, Murcia - Sunday 30th December 2007
Car tour,
73 Spain, Murcia - Monday 31st December 2007
Cabo Cope Peaks, Steep mountain paths. Nice views.
73 Spain, Murcia - Tuesday 1st January 2008
Car tour,
73 Spain, Andalucia, Almeria - Wednesday 2nd January 2008
Almeria to Stansted,
73 Spain, Valencia - Saturday 9th February 2008
Stansted to Alicante, Uneventful flight after car problems with Neil's Mercedes A Class
74 Spain, Murcia - Sunday 10th February 2008
Los Nietos to Alcazares - 14.2 km, Coastal tracks and quietish roads.
75 Spain, Murcia - Monday 11th February 2008
Alcazares to San Pedro - 16.3 km, Beach and quiet coast roads until San Xabier airport. Busier roads.
76 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Tuesday 12th February 2008
San Pedro to Torrevieja - 24.4 km, Some busy roads, beach and quieter roads.
77 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Wednesday 13th February 2008
Torrevieja to La Marina - 26.7 km, Dunes and Pine Woods, quiet roads and some busy roads.
78 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Thursday 14th February 2008
La Marina to Elche - 21.2 km, Fairly quiet roads with a couple of exceptions
79 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Friday 15th February 2008
Elche to Alicante - 24.2 km, Quiet at the start then urban roads. Some very busy.
80 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Saturday 16th February 2008
Alicante to Poble Espanyol - 20.5 km, Golden miles and coastal roads. Not too horrible.
80 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Sunday 17th February 2008
Alicante to Stansted,
80 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Friday 21st March 2008
Stansted to Alicante, Uneventful. 1 Hour take-off delay. Small mix-up meeting the taxi.
81 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Saturday 22nd March 2008
Poble Espanyol to Vila Joiosa - 28.1 km, Quiet main road. Country lanes.
81 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Sunday 23rd March 2008
Altea, Easter Sunday Picnic
82 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Monday 24th March 2008
Vila Joiosa to Finistrat - 25.2 km, Quiet lanes and roads. There was only light holiday traffic.
83 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Tuesday 25th March 2008
Finistrat to Altea - 23.9 km, Quiet roads, mountain path, river bed path, quiet lanes. Our highest altitude in Spain.
84 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Wednesday 26th March 2008
Altea to Calpe - 17.7 km, One unavoidable main road stretch. Later we used nice mountain tracks.
84 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Thursday 27th March 2008
Altea to Crueta, Train trip to Crueta to see the views. Picnic at Altea seaside.
85 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Friday 28th March 2008
Calpe to Teulada - 17.5 km, Mostly quiet lanes on a high ridge. Good views.
86 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Saturday 29th March 2008
Teulada to Xabia - 26.7 km, Quiet lanes, a nice coastal strip and dead ends in villa land.
87 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Sunday 30th March 2008
Xabia to Denia - 12.8 km, Quiet lanes, mountain paths, coastal path, short urban stretch.
87 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Monday 31st March 2008
Altea, Shopping and picnic day in Altea.
88 Spain, Valencia, Alicante/Valencia - Tuesday 1st April 2008
Denia to Oliva - 27.1 km, Initially busy road without a verge. Much quieter lanes after km 7.
89 Spain, Valencia - Wednesday 2nd April 2008
Oliva to Xeraco - 17.8 km, Disused railway. Quiet lanes. Very little on busy roads.
89 Spain, Valencia - Thursday 3rd April 2008
Rest Day,
89 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Friday 4th April 2008
Finistrat to Polop 13.2 km, Mountain paths. Very nice. Neil sat on his eTrex Vista and broke the glass.
89 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Saturday 5th April 2008
Rio Algar to 7.6 km, Riverside short walk through orchards. GPS still working with broken glass.
89 Spain, Valencia, Alicante - Sunday 6th April 2008
Alicante to Stansted,
89 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Saturday 20th December 2008
Stansted to Barcelona El Prat, Uneventful
90 Spain, Valencia - Sunday 21st December 2008
Xeraco to Cullera - 21.7 km, Quiet roads, orchards and fields. Paddy fields. Train decapitated a dog.
91 Spain, Valencia - Monday 22nd December 2008
Cullera to El Romani - 23.5 km, Paddy fields. Deserted lanes. Two small towns.
92 Spain, Valencia - Tuesday 23rd December 2008
El Romani to Valencia - 23.8 km, Orchards at first. Nice old urban houses and squares. Later urban dereliction.
93 Spain, Valencia - Wednesday 24th December 2008
Valencia to Pucol - 21.5 km, Rich urban zone. Cycle track. Lanes and orchards.
94 Spain, Valencia, Castellon - Thursday 25th December 2008
Pucol to Almenara - 24.7 km, Orchards.
95 Spain, Valencia, Castellon - Friday 26th December 2008
Almenara to Alqueries - 22.6 km, Orchards and prostitutes.
96 Spain, Valencia, Castellon - Saturday 27th December 2008
Alqueries to Benicassim - 28.9 km, Orchards and a canal. More prostitutes. The coast road. Cold and windy. Got benighted.
97 Spain, Valencia, Castellon - Sunday 28th December 2008
Benicassim to Orpesa - 10.9 km, A short walk along the disused railway including a tunnel. Wet weather.
98 Spain, Valencia, Castellon - Monday 29th December 2008
Orpesa to Torreblanca - 16.4 km, 60 year storm damaged sea front. Then orchards and reeds.
99 Spain, Valencia, Castellon - Tuesday 30th December 2008
Torreblanca to Alcalà-de-Xivert - 18.8 km, Tracks beside the railway. A clay pit. Then lanes round the back of the mountain.
100 Spain, Valencia, Castellon - Wednesday 31st December 2008
Alcala de Xivert to Benicarlo - 26.8 km, Via pecuaria beside the autovia. Almond orchards and mountain terrain to our right.
101 Spain, Valencia, Castellon - Thursday 1st January 2009
Benicarló to Vinaros, Les Triadors - 16.2 km, Urban streets, sea front. Police surround dead body on beach.
102 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Friday 2nd January 2009
Vinaros, Les Triadors to La Rapita - 18.1 km, Coastal roads and paths. Short stretches on the N340 main coast road. Few orchards.
102 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Saturday 3rd January 2009
Barcelona El Prat to Stansted, Uneventful. Good luck with buses. No waits. Stansted shuttle train is overloaded.
102 Spain, Catalunya, Girona - Saturday 14th February 2009
Stansted to Barcelona Girona, Uneventful
103 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Sunday 15th February 2009
Sant Carles de la Rapita to L'Aldea Amposta Tortosa - 17.7 km, Rice paddies and canals. Very rural. Very flat landscape. Cold wind. Gray cloud.
104 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Monday 16th February 2009
L'Aldea Amposta Tortosa to L'Ametlla de Mar - 27.1 km, Rice paddies and canals followed by the GR92 coastal walk. Quite strenuous.
105 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Tuesday 17th February 2009
L'Ametlla de Mar to Hospitalet de L'Infant - 22.1 km, Pecuaria by the Autovia. GR92 past road works. Nice views. Traffic noise.
106 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Wednesday 18th February 2009
L'Hospitalet de L'Infant to Salou - 24.3 km, Straightforward coastal walk. Very windy and cold at dawn. Warm later.
107 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Thursday 19th February 2009
Salou to Tarragona - 15.4 km, Inland route to avoid oil refineries and industry west of Tarragona.
108 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Friday 20th February 2009
Tarragona to Torredembarra - 17.2 km, Very nice coastal paths and beaches. Small villages. Nice weather.
109 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Saturday 21st February 2009
Torredembarra to Cunit - 21.1 km, Pleasant coastal walk followed by long busy resort sea front promenades.
109 Spain, Catalunya, Tarragona - Sunday 22nd February 2009
Barcelona Reus to Stansted, Uneventful
109 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Saturday 4th April 2009
Stansted to Barcelona El Prat, Uneventful.
110 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Sunday 5th April 2009
Cunit to Sitges - 18.9 km, Marine parade and rocky coastal paths. Short non busy road stretch.
111 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Monday 6th April 2009
Sitges to Platja de Castelldefels - 21.7 km, Mountain and forest roads and paths. Some tarmac but not busy. Movie set.
112 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Tuesday 7th April 2009
Platja-de-Castelldefels to El-Prat-de-Llobregat - 20.8 km, Marine parade, beach, a nature reserve, quiet roads and one busy road (1 km).
113 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Wednesday 8th April 2009
El Prat de Llobregat to Barcelona - 20.6 km, Riverside parkland, city streets, Montju
114 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Thursday 9th April 2009
Barcelona to Vilassar de Mar - 25 km, City streets followed by marine parade and beach paths. One road leg to bypass industry.
115 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Friday 10th April 2009
Vilassar-de-Mar to Canet de Mar - 21.1 km, Marine parades, beach paths, railway line parallel path and short road legs.
116 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona and Girona - Saturday 11th April 2009
Canet-de-Mar to Blanes - 22 km, Marine parades, beach paths, railway line parallel path, short road legs and farm roads.
117 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona and Girona - Sunday 12th April 2009
Blanes to Sils - 22.9 km, Woodland hill paths. Agricultural access tracks. About 2km on busier roads.
118 Spain, Catalunya, Girona - Monday 13th April 2009
Sils to Fornells-de-la-Selva - 25.8 km, Woodland paths. Agricultural tracks. Quiet roads at the start and finish.
119 Spain, Catalunya, Girona - Tuesday 14th April 2009
Fornells-de-la-Selva to Flaca - 23.9 km, Busy trunk road 6 km. Woodland hills overlooking Girona 12 km. Quieter roads 5 km.
120 Spain, Catalunya, Girona - Wednesday 15th April 2009
Flaca to Sant Miquel de Fluvia - 18.4 km, Nice woodland roads. Agricultural tracks. Waded across El Ter. Little traffic.
121 Spain, Catalunya, Girona - Thursday 16th April 2009
Sant Miquel de Fluvia to Vilajuiga - 24.3 km, The start and end is on farm tracks. The middle has a tarmac road, less nice.
122 Spain, Catalunya, Girona - Friday 17th April 2009
Vilajuiga to Portbou - 23.7 km, Almost all on mountain paths or roads. Good views. Lots of flowers. Some new to us.
123 Spain, France, Catalunya, Girona, Languedoc Roussillon - Saturday 18th April 2009
Portbou to Cerbere - 10.5 km, Village streets. Tunnels under sidings. Mountain access roads.
123 Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona - Sunday 19th April 2009
Barcelona El Prat to Stansted,
124 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Pyrennees Orientales - Saturday 23rd May 2009
Beccles to Cerbère - 3.9 km, Uneventful flight and transfer journeys. We walked the first leg of this stretch on the quiet coast road.
125 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales - Sunday 24th May 2009
Cerbere to Banyuls - 15 km, Short leg on the quiet coast road. Mountain road with tarmac at first. Mountain paths. Very nice!
126 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales - Monday 25th May 2009
Banyuls to Port Vendres - 14 km, Roads near the towns - not too busy. Empty country lanes and farm tracks for most of the walk.
127 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales - Tuesday 26th May 2009
Port Vendres to Elne - 19.9 km, Very nice quiet road and path between Port Vendres and Argeles. Busier roads afterwards.
128 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales - Wednesday 27th May 2009
Elne to Perpignan - 17.5 km, Pleasant lowland farm roads near Elne. CR1 cycle track towards Perpignan. Nice city centre. Very windy. Maybe unreliable altitude data.
129 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales - Thursday 28th May 2009
Perpignan to Salses - 23 km, Pleasant route out of Perpignan. CR1 cycle route for the rest of the way. Minimal busy roads.
130 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales and Aude - Friday 29th May 2009
Salses to Leucate - 16.6 km, Excellent mountain roads without tarmac. Short quiet tarmac lanes at each end.
130 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Pyrénées-Orientales - Saturday 30th May 2009
Cerbere to Beccles, No delays but long waits for connections. Anne was fit but becomming unwell with loss of apetite. Cancer later diagnosed in the pancreas.
130 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Hérault - Saturday 23rd October 2010
Beccles to Sete, EUR 110 Taxi because of the SNCF strike. Otherwise routine.
131 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Aude - Sunday 24th October 2010
Leucate la Franqui to Port la Nouvelle - 18.5 km, Mostly farm tracks and quiet lanes. Port la Nouvelle sea front and harbour/river road. Interesting.
132 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Aude - Monday 25th October 2010
Port la Nouvelle to Narbonne - 24.1 km, Canal de la Robine. Idylic but for the strong cold head wind. A traffic free route.
133 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Aude and Hérault - Tuesday 26th October 2010
Narbonne to Beziers - 31.3 km, Quiet lanes. Busier before Colombiers. Then the Canal du Midi which was traffic free. A lot of traffic in Beziers for a very short stretch.
134 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Hérault - Wednesday 27th October 2010
Beziers to Agde - 26.3 km, Cannal du Midi all the way apart from the access to the station at each end. Traffic free.
135 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Hérault - Thursday 28th October 2010
Agde to Sete - 26.3 km, Industrial estate. Air pollution. Quiet lane. Busy Road. Seaside road closed to traffic. Cycle path. Sete sea front and harbour.
136 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Hérault - Friday 29th October 2010
Sete to Montpellier - 35.6 km, Busy road for 5km. Traffic free canal tow path for 19km. Cycle track. Busy town centre.
136 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Hérault and Aude - Saturday 30th October 2010
Sete to Carcassonne, The SNCF strike was over. Walked along the Canal du Midi via the airport to the FastHotel at Carcassonne.
136 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Aude - Sunday 31st October 2010
Carcassonne to Beccles, A routine journey until a flat car battery caused problems. Had to rejoin the AA after forgetting to renew 11 months earlier.
136 France, Languedoc Roussillon, Gard - Sunday 20th February 2011
Beccles to Nimes, All routine. Parking is cheaper at Luton. Got searched again.
137 France, France, Languedoc Roussillon, Hérault - Monday 21st February 2011
Montpellier to Lunel - 28.2 km, About 20km along a canal. Nice. The rest was on roads, busy in Montpellier and not too bad in Lunel.
138 France, France, Languedoc Roussillon, Hérault and Gard - Tuesday 22nd February 2011
Lunel to Générac - 24.5 km, Mostly quiet lanes and a section of disused railway. Joined the pilgrim trail to Santiago, going the wrong way.
139 France, France, Languedoc Roussillon, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône - Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Generac to Arles - 30.3 km, Quiet roads, especially the nicest bit in the northern Camargue.
140 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône - Thursday 24th February 2011
Arles to Saint Martin de Crau - 19.5 km, Nice quiet lanes apart from the start and the end of the walk.
141 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône - Friday 25th February 2011
Saint Martin de Crau to Miramas - 19.3 km, Very quiet lanes until the main road into Miramas. Here the wind was more of a problem than the traffic.
142 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône - Saturday 26th February 2011
Miramas to Rognac - 28.3 km, Promising start but then many busy roads. Closed nature reserves, wetlands, oil refineries, good variety.
142 France, France, Languedoc Roussillon, Gard - Sunday 27th February 2011
Nimes to Beccles, Walked to Himes airport. Routine Flight.
142 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône - Saturday 9th April 2011
Beccles to Marseille, All went to plan. Got searched as usual.
143 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône - Sunday 10th April 2011
Rognac to Septèmes les Valons - 20.9 km, Roads at each end. Some very nice hill and forest terrain in between. Difficult stream bed.
144 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône - Monday 11th April 2011
Septemes to St Marcel - 22.3 km, The first half was a nature reserve in the hills. The second was urban Marseille.
145 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône - Tuesday 12th April 2011
St Marcel to Cassis - 20.6 km, Urban Marseille for 6km. Then mountain paths. Military zone, Oops.
146 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône and Var - Wednesday 13th April 2011
Cassis to Bandol - 26.6 km, Mixture of busy and empty roads through some very nice countryside.
147 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var - Thursday 14th April 2011
Bandol to Toulon - 18.9 km, Nice country lanes as far as Oullioules. Then it was an unavoidable main road to Toulon.
148 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var - Friday 15th April 2011
Toulon to Cuers - 22.2 km, 10km of gradually decreasing urbanisation. Then nice country lanes.
149 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var - Saturday 16th April 2011
Cuers to Gonfaron - 24.6 km, Mostly narrow lanes and a surprisingly nice autoroute service road. Streams everywhere. Hilly and strenuous in the second half.
150 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var - Sunday 17th April 2011
Gonfaron to Les Arcs - 28.9 km, Long with some strenuous sections nearer Les Arcs. Mostly quiet roads.
151 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var - Monday 18th April 2011
Les Arcs to Frejus - 24.1 km, Used the main road. Too tired to go the pretty way after yesterday's efforts.
152 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var - Tuesday 19th April 2011
Frejus to Antheor - 19.5 km, Used the coast road. This was not too busy and had pavement most of the way.
152 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var and Alpes Maritimes - Wednesday 20th April 2011
Toulon to Nice, Transfer from the hotel in Toulon to a much worse one in Nice
153 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Var and Alpes Maritimes - Thursday 21st April 2011
Antheor to Cannes - 25.8 km, Coast road almost all the way. The first 17km was very pretty. The last part was along the beach road, not pretty but pleasant.
154 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Alpes Maritimes - Friday 22nd April 2011
Cannes to Nice, St Augustin - 29.8 km, Busy roads most of the way occasionally relieved by a stretch on the sea front. It was windy and cool so I stayed inland some of the time.
155 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Alpes Maritimes - Saturday 23rd April 2011
Nice, St Augustin to Monaco - 27.4 km, Marine parade, hilly back-streets, the coast road with a pavement all the way and not too much trraffic on a wet Saturday.
156 France and Italy, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Alpes Maritimes and Ligure, Imperia - Sunday 24th April 2011
Monaco to Ventimiglia - 23.9 km, Mostly roads with pavemennts. Nice views. Interesting crossing into Italy. Easter Sunday traffic not too bad.
156 France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Alpes Maritimes - Monday 25th April 2011
Nice to Beccles,
156 Italy, Liguria, Genova - Saturday 31st March 2012
Beccles to Genova, All went to plan. Got searched as usual.
156 Italy, Liguria, Genova - Sunday 1st April 2012
Genova - 8.9 km, A steep urban walk up lots of steps to a forest park at the top. This was not part of the route across Europe.
157 Italy, Liguria, Imperia - Monday 2nd April 2012
Ventimiglia to San Remo - 20.3 km, A lot of main coast road walking with occasional parallel urban alternatives. Near Sanremo, the disused railway path began. Better.
158 Italy, Liguria, Imperia - Tuesday 3rd April 2012
San Remo to Imperia Porto Maurizio - 23.5 km, With the exception of 2.5 km on the main road, this was really nice with a disused railway converted to cycle and pedestrian use. Impera was impressive.
159 Italy, Liguria, Imperia and Savona - Wednesday 4th April 2012
Imperia Porto Maurizio to Alassio - 24.8 km, Started traffic free and got busier. Pavements for some stretches. Hard to avoid the main coast road. A wet day with almost no breaks.
160 Italy, Liguria, Savona - Thursday 5th April 2012
Alassio to Finale Ligure - 27.9 km, Via Julia Augusta for 4 km. Nice! Then sea front, town centres and some main road, mostly with good pavements.
161 Italy, Liguria, Savona - Friday 6th April 2012
Finale Ligure to Savona - 25.6 km, 4 km of very nice mountain walking. The rest was on the main road or sea fronts. The main road had good footpaths almost all the way.
162 Italy, Liguria, Savona and Genova - Saturday 7th April 2012
Savona to Arenzano - 24.9 km, This was a nice day with long sections of converted railway, including tunnels and good main road footpaths. Lots of Easter visitors.
163 Italy, Liguria, Genova - Sunday 8th April 2012
Arenzano to Genova, Via Balbi - 26.2 km, The coast road was typical and quiet early in the day. Genova was mostly industrial and tiring. It's easy to walk to the airport from the nearby stations.
164 Italy, Liguria, Genova - Monday 9th April 2012
Genova to Genova Pontedecimo - 11.1 km, Urban industrial river valley. Glad it was a bank holiday. Cold snap below 10C. Explored the route to Arquata Scrivia by train. Felt tired today.
165 Italy, Liguria, Genova - Tuesday 10th April 2012
Genova Pontedecimo to Ronco Scrivia - 20.9 km, Valley villages, the coll of the passo dei Giovi, mountain flowers, cold, drizzle, old road not too busy, feet and body OK again.
166 Italy, Liguria, Genova and Piemonte, Alessandria - Wednesday 11th April 2012
Ronco Scrivia to Serravalle-Scrivia - 21.6 km, Downhill all day. It snowed! Tried to abort the walk at Pietrabissara but there were no trains due to the weather. Completed the walk when it cleared a bit.
167 Italy, Piemonte, Alessandria - Thursday 12th April 2012
Serravalle-Scrivia to Tortona - 23.1 km, Downhill all day again. There were some quiet roads but much of the walk was on the main road which had a good margin for walking.
168 Italy, Piemonte, Alessandria and Lombardia, Pavia - Friday 13th April 2012
Tortona to Voghera - 17.8 km, Main road all the way apart from the Pontecurone bypass where the old town was quiet. 10 minutes of rain. Cool and overcast.
169 Italy, Lombardia, Pavia - Saturday 14th April 2012
Voghera to Broni - 24.5 km, Very light rain all day. 65% main road. Then it got nice.
169 Italy, Ligure, Genova - Sunday 15th April 2012
Genova to Beccles,
169 Italy, Lombardia, Milano - Saturday 2nd June 2012
Beccles to Milano (Bergamo), A routine journey
170 Italy, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna, Pavia, Piacenza - Sunday 3rd June 2012
Broni to Sarmato - 21.8 km, Main road with detours onto nicer lanes. There was one leg of traffic free cycle track.
171 Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Piacenza - Monday 4th June 2012
Sarmato to Piacenza - 19 km, A slog along the main road in gray damp weather. There were no useful alternative routes.
172 Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia, Piacenza, Lodi & Cremona - Tuesday 5th June 2012
Piacenza to Ponte D'Adda - 24 km, Traffic free routes and cycle paths. Few nasty roads. Nice weather too.
173 Italy, Lombardia, Cremona - Wednesday 6th June 2012
Ponte D'Adda to Cremona - 21.4 km, A long canal tow path / cycle track - Nice. Busy roads at the Cremona end of the walk. A hot day. Cherries!
174 Italy, Lombardia, Cremona - Thursday 7th June 2012
Cremona to Robecco Pontevico - 20.2 km, Mostly on little lanes with parallel fast flowing irrigation ditches. Nice sunny weather.
175 Italy, Lombardia, Cremona and Brescia - Friday 8th June 2012
Robecco Pontevico to Bagnolo Mella - 25.3 km, Some really nice off-main-road legs.
176 Italy, Lombardia, Brescia - Saturday 9th June 2012
Bagnolo Mella to Brescia - 15.8 km, 100% on roads apart from 200 metres of farm track. All the busy roads had cycle tracks so it was quite a nice, mostly urban walk.
176 Italy, Lombardia, Milano - Sunday 10th June 2012
Milano (Bergamo) to Beccles, A 3 a.m. alarm with walk to Milano Centrale bus station for the bus to Bergamo. A flight to Stansted, the bus to the car park and a car drive home.
177 Italy, Veneto, Verona - Saturday 26th October 2013
Beccles, Brescia to Rezzato - 11.8 km, Mostly urban back roads. Country lanes mid walk. Sweetcorn harvest in progress. Accidentally fondled a man's knee. Oops. Hot humid.
178 Italy, Lombardia, Brescia - Sunday 27th October 2013
Rezzato to Desenzano - 21.3 km, Quiet roads and cycle paths closed to traffic. Nice. Hot humid.
179 Italy, Lombardia and Veneto, Brescia and Verona - Monday 28th October 2013
Desenzano to Peschiera - 16.2 km, Boring main road for the first half. Lakside paths for the second half. Nice. Peschiera is interesting. Hot humid.
180 Italy, Veneto, Verona - Tuesday 29th October 2013
Peschiera to Verona - 25.1 km, Short quiet lane. Mostly horrible main road. It rained too with thunder.
181 Italy, Veneto, Verona - Wednesday 30th October 2013
Verona to Caldiero - 21.5 km, Urban roads. Nicer section two thirds along the route. Main road at the end.
182 Italy, Veneto, Verona and Vicenza - Thursday 31st October 2013
Caldiero to Montebello - 24.2 km, Nice back roads and paths. Short main road sections at the start and end. Nice.
182 Italy, Veneto, Venezia - Friday 1st November 2013
Venice to Treviso, Venice. Canals and congested foot paths.
183 Italy, Veneto, Vicenza - Saturday 2nd November 2013
Montebello to Vicenza - 23 km, Back roads. Hill and forrest paths. Very little on main roads. Nice.
183 Italy, Veneto, Verona - Sunday 3rd November 2013
Verona to Beccles, Routine

Diary - Top

This was a routine journey. As it was raining, Neil took the 6 euro bus from the railway station to the airport. He found a muzak free zone and waited for security to open. Everything ran to time. The Airparks bus was ready and waiting at Gatwick. The car retrieval was efficient. The roads to Beccles were not too busy. It was an easy journey and no sleep was lost.

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