WALK TALL - Walking Group
Walking in Andalusia.
Walking is my passion. One that started years ago in the English Countryside, and has extended to the beautiful valleys and mountains here in Spain. I love to see others enjoy the experience too, so I've organised a walking group called WalkTall. So called because it's a positive term for one's confidence and bravery, something I feel you need when living in a foreign country (oh, and because I'm tall !)
The vast open areas of Spain can leave you feeling rather vulnerable when walking solo, and I wondered how many felt the same, and therefore missing out on the wonderful experience of walking. I am hoping this is made easier by joining my walking group, it's also a great way to socialise and improve fitness. I'm always thrilled to play a part in any health, fitness or wellbeing journey. If you would like to know more about my walking group, please see the FAQs below. If you have any other questions, please use the form below, or email me.
WALK TALL Walking Group FAQs
What areas does the walking group cover?
The walks are usually around Almanzora, Albox, Cantoria and up in and around the mountains of Oria.
When and how often does the walking group meet?
We meet on a Wednesday late afternoon/evening. There's sometimes an additional walk added due to demand. Once accepted into the group, I publish walks for the month. Members get to pick the walks that they wish to go on
Who participates in this walking group?
This friendly group varies in fitness, with a good mix of male and female, all with different reasons for joining the walking group. They are a lovely, friendly bunch, respectful and encouraging with positive attitudes. You can see some reviews of this walking group from them below.
How much is it to join this walking group?
I volunteer my time to organise routes and lead the group. I don't ask for a joining fee or costs. However, if you wish to show your appreciation with the odd bar of chocolate or plant, I wouldn't say no!
How far are the routes?
They are between 3 and 8 miles. The route mileage is clearly indicated on the PDF timetable provided, so members can decide what routes are best for them.
What happens if it is forecast to rain?Ensure that you check the weather on the day of the walk and for updates before setting out to meet the group. If light rain is forecast, then the walk is likely to go ahead. With many walks utilising Ramblas, we won't walk in heavy rain.
Are there any refreshment stops / pubs on route?We sometimes have a short break at a bar. Everyone is responsible for ordering and paying for their own refreshments. If we end up finishing at a member's home, it is requested to take along your favourite tipple. Some long walks may only have a field to stop in and have a break. Always ensure you have a drink and snack with you on the longer walks.
Are dogs and children welcome?Due to the social nature of the group walks, the group is not open to children. Dogs are permitted if on a lead (as per the Spanish Law) and because some members may be nervous around dogs. You need to consider the temperature, and the dog's health and safety.
I am NOT responsibility for anyone in the group. Everyone is responsible for their own health and safety during our walks. I do advise that each person ensures they understand the route being taken (links provided on the PDF) so that they can gauge their own ability to complete the route. Please ensure that you abide by the latest covid regulations regarding distancing and mask wearing, ensuring that you carry a mask at all times. Do not walk if you are feeling unwell or are injured. It is suggested that you carry a first aid kit.
I do NOT have any group insurance as we are individuals walking at our own risk. I have personal accident insurance for here in Spain, this covers the sport of walking and hiking. It would be advisable to ensure that you have a personal insurance that covers yourself.
What is advised to take on a walk?
- walking boots due to the rough terrain that can be experienced
- appropriate clothing for the weather forecast
- torch in case it gets dark whilst we are out
- adequate refreshments (drinks and snacks) There isn't always a pub stop!
- basic first aid kit
- fully charged mobile phone
- emergency contact information
- mask or other protection per Covid regulations
How do I join this walking group?
If you want to improve your health and get to see the local areas by foot rather than by car, then please connect with me via the Walking Group on Facebook
As images are often shared within our walking group's WhatsApp, and on my social media, please ensure that you inform the group if you do NOT want any image/s used online. Any personal data must not to be distributed to anyone outside the walking group, that includes our timetable.
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