To celebrate the launch of Stuart Haines’ brilliant new book, ‘Walking in Abruzzo‘, that artfully helps even a novice uncover Abruzzo’s stunning landscape, we will be co-hosting a Pop-Up-Abruzzo walk! Stuart will lead our free walk on a ‘friends and equals’ basis along and invites 11 of our readers to join us on Saturday 1st June for an easy going exploration of the stunning Orfento Valley, one of the finest wild valleys in Abruzzo.
|Vital Statistics & Information|
|Start and End Point||Bar DOK at the start of Viale Roma in the centre of the town|
|GPS Coordinates of Start Point||42.157877, 14.003506|
|Lowpoint||Below Ponte Caramanico – 518m|
|Highpoint||Turnaround point in the valley – 770m|
|Total Ascent||719 m – the route undulates|
|Total Distance||12 km|
|Estimated Walking Time||4 hrs – this doesn’t include resting time and assumes a medium pace. No hares and no tortoises…|
|Paths and Exposure||The route is within the valley, mostly alongside the river, and is
not exposed. Paths are good – mostly broad and level with a
few easy rocky steps.
|Start time||9:15 am|
|Refreshments||Nowhere on the route. Plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants in
|Water||We pass a couple of springs but set off with at least 1.5 litres|
|Lunch||Bring a packed lunch and some snacks in your rucksack|
|Clothing and Equipment||Walking boots, walking trousers, fleecy top, gloves, warm hat and water / windproof jacket and trousers. A rucksack big enough for your lunch, water, gloves, hat and waterproof layer (which, with luck, you won’t be wearing). Sun hat, sun glasses and sun cream. Hiking poles will be a help.|
|Alternative Routes||The route can be shortened in two places which would save
about 2.5km in total (about 45 minutes). If you opt for either or
both of the alternative routes, you will not be accompanied by
Stuart and, possibly, by anyone else. But neither are difficult
and directions will be provided. If the weather becomes
inclement the whole group may do the shorter route.
|Numbers||12 walkers maximum plus Stuart|
|Guidance||Stuart Haines will lead the walk on a ‘friends and equals’ basis. No fees to be paid; no insurances or warranties are provided.|
Transportation can be arranged from Pescara Centrale Station if a large enough number of people require. We will send a quote for the return journey using a local minibus or alternatively arrange a car share where possible.
How to Book
To book your place on the free walk, please register here. Only walkers who have pre-registered will be accepted on the walk.