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Ringwood & Fordingbridge Footpath Society

  Walking Holiday in San Telmo Majorca run by the Ramblers and organised by our Chairman Ruth from 9th - 16th May 2009

 

RUTH'S ACCOUNT OF THIS YEAR'S WALKING HOLIDAY

 
On 9th May, 22 members arrived in San Telmo for a week of walking arranged through Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. The hotel was  in a superb setting overlooking an aquamarine sea. 

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San Telm (Photo by DK)

 


Hostal Dragonera (The hotel we stayed in - with the blue
sun blind and name in red letters). (Photo by DK)

There was a sun terrace for moments of rest and a nearby beach for those who wanted to swim when jelly fish were
not in residence - they were not for most of the time but it was necessary to be on the look out for them.

 


The sun terrace (Photo by DM)

 

 


(Photo by DM)


The jellyfish was almost that size! (DK)


One of the jellyfish (DK)


Walking was our main occupation and our walk leader Peter provided an interesting and varied programme.  There was a great deal of uphill, something we get little practice at here in the New Forest. Of course there was also a lot of downhill as well, not easy if you have a dodgy knee as several of the group did.


Peter the Ramblers' walk leader is the one in the red T
shirt. (Photo by DK)

(Photo by DK)

   
Everyone appreciated the superb views especially from the summits but I dont think most thought reaching them was
 "a piece of cake " only our leader described the ascents that way.  Everyone enjoyed the holiday and I think it is fair
to say most achieved far more "difficult walking" than they expected to. 


(Photo by Barry)


(Photo by Dave M)


(Photo by Mary)


(Photo by Greta)

(Photo by Roger)


(Photo by Greta)


(Photo by Barry)



(Photo by Mary)

(Photo by Roger)

(Photo by Roger)

 

Everyone appreciated the superb views especially from the summits but I dont think most thought reaching them was "a piece of cake " only our leader described the ascents that way.  Everyone enjoyed the holiday and I think it is fair to say most achieved far more "difficult walking" than they expected to. 

On the Wednesday we were given a day off by Peter our walk leader for rest and recuperation. Most of us used the time to visit places of special interest to us. Only a few spent all the time on the beach and hotel terrace. Palma was one of the attractions. Visits were made to the Cathedral, Palace, art galleries, a walk along Rambla, pronounced Rambler, one of the most important roads in Palma. Four of us also had a memorable meal in a large local restaurant, a former cellar where its 51st birthday celebrations were taking place. A 9 tier cake was in a prominent position and served as desert along with complimentary champagne. Others took another and closer look at flowers seen on an earlier walk.



Palma Cathedral
(Photo by Ruth)


(Photo by Ruth)

(Photo by Ruth)


(Photo by Ruth)

(Photo by Ruth)

 
Others took another and closer look at flowers seen on an earlier walk or relaxed by the sea in San Telm

(Photo by DK)


(Photo by DK)


Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
(Photo by DK)


(Photo by DK)


Rainbow Ophrys (Ophrys iricolor).
(It is difficult to be precise about the name of orchids as
they are a family which is still evolving)
(Photo by DK)


(Photo by DK)

(Photo by MB)


(Photo by MB)

On the Saturday we had a whole day to explore as we did not need to leave for the airport until 7pm. Most of us took a boat trip to Sa Dragonera Island. We saw it everyday from our hotel. It is an uninhabited nature reserve with many paths along which we could walk. Yellow legged gulls dive bombed us to protect their chicks and the rare Dragonera lizards were everywhere. Everyone returned to San Telm for lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the sea - a fitting end to a delightful holiday.

Ruth
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(Photo by DM)

 


(Photo by DM)

(Photo by Greta)

(Photo by DK)

(Photo by DK)

(Photo by DK)

(Photo by MB)

(Photo by DK)


(Photo by Greta)

 

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