Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

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Morning walk – la Mairena

Just back from a truly relaxing walk this morning close to the modest river Ojen. Even afeter 5 months without any real rainfall, the river is flowing…

I’ve not taken this hike, close to the house for ages; and the last time I featured it on Andalucia Diary was 2011!

The walk runs along an historic trail used in the past by mules – a portion of the vertiginous route remains intact, including three small bridges that carry one across the gorges that run down to the river.

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Since 2009 two wild fires have ripped through the area, yet now the woodland is healing. Cork oaks, which hadn’t had their protective bark harvested before the fire, have survived. Although still black with soot despite some years since the last fire, the trees are regaining their abundant canopy of small dark leaves.

Cork Oak recovering from wild fire

The hillsides were fragrant in the autumn sunshine, the scent of rosemary, anise, fig and pine.

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