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West Essex Goes to West Portugal - May 2013

In mid-May forty-nine West Essex and three Redbridge members set out on a walking week in the north-west corner of Portugal, organised by Ramblers worldwide Holidays.  The Costa Verde is an area known for its high hills, verdant countryside, extensive unspoilt beaches and fascinating old towns and villages. Click here for more:

Day 1 - Sat 11th May 2013

Photo by George.

Introductory stroll around Vila Praia de Ancora. There was a pleasant surprise in the evening with a top class Fado act in the town square.


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WEST ESSEX ON THE ALGARVE WAY - 21 to 28 March 2015

The last week of March saw 54 members of the West Essex Ramblers on a week's holiday in Portugal with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays and their three great leaders, Tina, Mark and Steve. The aim was to walk the most attractive parts of the Algarve Way, the most westerly extension of the Grand European walking route, E4/GR13.

We started in Alcoutim, just across the border from Spain, initially staying in the attractive riverside town of Travira. At the half-way stage we moved on to a hill-side hotel above Albufeira from where, by the end of seven days, we reached the final point of the route at Cape St. Vincente, by the lighthouse set high above the cliffs at Europe's most south-westerly point. There was a sense of celebration when we reached the lighthouse with our trusty coach drivers waiting to greet us with bottles of red and white port and biscuit nibbles.

Along the route we had visited interesting towns such as Silves and unspoilt villages, enjoyed flowering cistus bushes under cork oaks, as well as numerous other wild flowers. One feature of this holiday we will never forget were the storks nesting on chimneys and electricity pylons - we would always look out for them en route to our walks.

The weather was kind, though occasionally blustery at high points and, most importantly, no rain.  Our final treat was several hours in the old town of Faro in brilliant sunshine before our flight home to West Essex.

Pat Juchau