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 Facebook group, I publish walks on the group (moved over from a WhatsApp). 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 plant, I wouldn't say no! Please see the part about 'responsibility' below

How far are the routes?

They are between 3 and 8 miles. The route mileage is clearly indicated on the walk descriptions, 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.

Responsibility

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.

Insurance

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

Data

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.

*****  PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CHECK YOUR JUNK FOLDER FOR REPLIES TO YOUR EMAILS  *****

Previous comments

Celine Hyde
"Hi there, Can I ask the distances you tend to cover? And the days of the week these walks take place? *ADMIN* Hello. Thanks for visiting my page. I will also email you a response. Good question. Dates can vary, but most are a Wednesday late afternoon/evening. The distance is anywhere from 3 and 7 miles usually. Hope this helps. "
Peter O'Connor
"Joined Tracey and team Wednesday for a beautiful walk in the Cantoria mountains, an early evening walk so got to see the beautiful sunset, and stop for a refreshing drink, loved every minute of it, as it will help to build up strength in my knee (had a partial replacement last year). Everyone was very supportive and walked at a comfortable pace Many Thanks Trace see you next week, Pete"
Geoff Feelgood
"Thank you for hosting our village walks Tracey, it gives me a great start to my broadcasting day."
Cora Unk
"Hi, I 'met' Tracey on Instagram and saw we both live in the same area. I also like to walk, but I'm not a professional walker. You don't go for walking alone in the mountains. It's very nice Tracey started this group with all kind of people who are interested in walking. Whether it's for fun, your health or to meet new people. Short walks or longer one's, Tracey is always into it. So knows very nice routes to go. I will certainly join more walks. Thanks Tracey! "
Adele O Connor
"The walking group has introduced me to new friends. I love walking, everyone is friendly, and I have started to see some beautiful places .... that you never get to see when you are driving. I always feel so happy and refreshed when I have finished a walk . Thanks Tracey Bartlett ... you are one in a million. "
Paul Hyde
"Tracey and I chatted one day about improving my health, after I'd recently decided to lose some weight and get a bit fitter. Not only did she inspire me to make the first step by agreeing to walk regularly, but also to accommodate my 'awkward' need to start early in the morning as I do still need to go to work. I, along with Tracey and a few others have a two mile walk (3.2km) each weekday morning before work and some extra evening longer walks. Absolutely love the experience and seeing the area we live in with such a different view and perspective. Thank you and well done Tracey Bartlett "
Steve And Sue
"Hi Almonzora walking group .My partner Sue and myself Steve are in the process of buying a place in the area . We would love to join your walking group when we are eventually allowed to travel. "
Linda Noel
"A really healthy and interesting way to get to know around the area. By walking together and sharing our ideas and thoughts we all benefit from each other. The group which I'm lucky to be part of is informal fun and friendly. Tracey our 'leader ' coordinator and inspiration driver is very good at finding interesting walks. I would fully recommend giving it a go. "
Tracy Clarke
"This is a very Friendly group & a great way to meet your neighbours & enjoy our beautiful surroundings. "
Peter
"Well done you for carrying on your love of walking in your new environment I'm sure that you will soon have a full group that will enjoy your well organised rambles. I for one will join you when I finally come across for a visit. The oleman x"
Barbara Taor
"The walking group has given me a happy way to keep fit and to see more of the beautiful Almanzora Valley. I have also met some lovely new friends to walk and talk with. Its just win win. Thanks Tracey Bartlett ."

 

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