We met in the Velez Blanco castle car park, the hares explained that there was a cycle race with stewards on part of the run and that it would be wise to keep dogs on a lead and if any traffic, to keep over to the side. The course was marked with pink salt.
The walkers and runners set off in opposite directions, we headed towards the road, which we crossed, then started to climb a gravel road, the route was steadily upwards, through pine trees, the views opened up in the clearings. The runners eventually caught us up.
The climb was relentless and some of the walkers decided to stay and enjoy the fantastic view from a mirador, conveniently with seats about half way up.
We did meet some cyclists. Slowly but surely we reached the top after a 160 metres climb. Panoramic views made the effort worthwhile. We carefully picked our way down as the loose stones and gravel made it slippery.
We noticed that the cyclists had been replaced by scrambler bikes. We ended up back in the car park, for the circle with the usual misdemeanours noted, we then retired to the bar for a cup of cafe con leche.