So yes at the weekend we decided to take the challenge and headed to Vall de Laguar and Barranc de l’infern and walk the 6000 steps around the valley.
The rolling mountains and deep river bed of the Marina Alta are a great place for hikers to enjoy the landscape.
Tucked away in the extremely quiet area Vall de Laguar (The 6000 steps) is a Beattock hiking trail taking in almost 6000 steps of the Mozarabic tail carved into the mountainside centuries ago.
Ascending and descending many times into the deep canyons and dry river bed of the Barranc de l’infern this is a truely stunning but demanding trail to face.
Again like true brits we didn’t start early, infact it was around 1pm when we started, and everyone else seemed to be coming from the other way, no one was going the way we were going.
We reached the bottom of the valley, well what we thought was the bottom, but no we were mistaken, what we thought was the bottom started to rise up again and over another mountain, to which we then saw that we were no where near the bottom…
From this view we quickly realised it was going to be a very long and hard day ahead.
We started our second decent to reach the dry riverbed
Only 8km done overall so far, and still a long way to go before we reached the dry riverbed
finally we reach the bottom of the valley and stood on the dry riverbed taking in where we had walked.
Soon it hit us that if came all the way down we would now have to go all the way up the other side… So regaining our breath we started the climb up the other side of the valley…
It just seemed to go up and up, and when we finally got to the top we could see just how far we had already come.
After a few more kilometres of hiking up we reached the top of the other side of the mountain…
Hooray we shouted, it must be just a walk around the mountain top now we said..
Oh we were so mistaken. We had only done half of the stone steps, we had to hike all the way back down the other side of the mountain back down to the dry riverbed the other side….
At this point I was losing the will to live, it had taken everything out of me and more. But reaching the riverbed again meant only 1 thing…. More steps and a very long climb back up what we hoped was the final mountain.
We finally reached an opening in the rock face where the Waterfall would normally be, but because we have had no real rainfall the Waterfall was dry, but the views were spectacular.
The final video that I have to post is of the dried up Waterfall, but it also shows where we walked down 1 side of the mountain and back up.
So the message to everyone out there who wants to attempt this hike. Be prepared, take plenty of good and drink, and realise that once you have completed your hike, you still then need to get back to your car, and will take at least another 30 minutes or so.
We will definitely do it again for sure, but our lesson learnt was to read up on the hike or any hike you want to do, so you really know what you are letting yourself in for.
In total we hiked 16km and it took around 6hrs or hard up and down terrain, but it definitely won’t stop us from doing it again.