I have been admiring the view of the Sierra Bernia ridge for the past three years, as both schools near Benidorm that I have taught in offered excellent views of the ridge in all seasons. My question was always “is it donkeyable?” and the reason for going up there was twofold: to enjoy the walk and also assess the route as a donkeyable walk for the future.
The walk contours most of the way along the top of the ridge – south side and north side – returning by a natural tunnel through the ridge. All in all, a vigorous but not too challenging walk (if you remember to take your sandwiches, which I didn’t…) In the end, from a donkey point of view, it is a non-starter. There are many points which require a scramble up rocks, so it would not work as a donkey walk. The views below are looking out from the ridge. Out to sea, Ibiza was spectacularly clear: the mountains of the whole island from south to north with cloud above mount Atalayassa clearly visible. Then Benidorm and the Aitana range, of course, and looking down into the valley my school: so I can show the children what the school looks like from up there at the top, which we can see in panorama from our classrooms.
A great walk and a good way to begin the new year 2014. My new year’s resolution now is simply, don’t leave home without the sandwiches…
Acceptance speech: I am very happy to receive this award on behalf of the donkeys, the vet, the farrier, and all other players in this donkey soap opera. It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge all those who have made this award possible: Nutrivila animal feed store, for keeping the donkeys well supplied; Estrella Galicia and the Bar Cantonet for keeping me well supplied; and of course Cait and Carl who looked after the donkeys and gave me a few days break in the summer, so I could go off to Ibiza and pretend I had a life other than room service for donkeys.
Thank you all for recognizing the donkey blog with this wonderful award and I shall redeem it in Carrefour tomorrow for a packet of carrots and a bottle of Estrella Galicia #escandalosamentebuena