I received a beautiful little Wainwright’s Walker’s Notebook for Christmas and couldn’t wait to record my first journey. More, I hope, to follow.
Mortitx, Serra Tramuntana (Mallorca)
3rd January 2009
Half-way to Caleta d’Ariant via Rafal d’Ariant (route taken from the abysmal Walk! Mallorca by Charles Davis)
Walk commenced from gates of Mortitx vineyard in foul mood after argument with Sarah re. parking (views from very windy and precipitous Pollenca-Lluc road stunning). Weather: chilly, mostly cloudy with some sun and drizzle. Descended track past vines, farmhouse, etc. to open scrubland (carritx, wild-ish goats, sheep, boulders) increasingly narrowed by barren hillsides and scars. Directions from Davis book terrible. Several wrong-turns (path sporadic). Reached dead end beneath huge limestone (?) cliffs – but in sight of the sea – where I scouted around, increasingly agitated, for the way ahead. No way down. Sarah patient. On final, now very frustrated, perambulation of muddy boulder-field-cum-derelict, stepped farmland, I slipped on wet rock. Potential cracked skull averted by trusty day sack. Returned via hearty lunch of bread, cheese, ham and scripss – hand-lubricated with mayonese – held on top of rock formation. Sarah descended on bottom: You can’t go wrong sitting down. Quite. Pity we didn’t make it very far. Nice food, though.