There weren’t too many cold Spring days in Cercedilla this year, and i’ve been telling anybody who would listen of my fears of a hot Summer..and lo! ..was i right. We’re going on two weeks of consistently hot days, with maximum temps above 30ºC (peaking at 35ºC right at the end of June) and minimum temps in the 15-19ºC range..and there’s at least another week of the same to come.
With this kind of weather it’s good to get out early in the morning, to hike up the valley before the sun climbs too high in the sky..or to do a little climbing oneself. Rock climbing is what i’m talking about of course. An easy West-facing slab was ideal for my 5-year-old to sing his way up ..maybe even too easy!
Thanks to the songbirds of Navalmedio for their wonderful background soundtrack. The Navalmedio valley is one of the other valleys that lead upwards towards the mountains from Cercedilla, in this case towards the pass of Navacerrada. We’ve been up (and down) this valley a few times in the last month, but our favourite valley by far remains Fuenfría. Above all on those days when you can’t get out early in the morning..
It’s particularly in the evening – after a scorching day in Madrid – that the Fuenfría valley offers shade and solace..and temperatures that you might even call cool, as the sun dips behind the western valley wall formed by the ridge that runs from La Peñota to Peña del Águila and then Peña Bercial. Having spent the central hours of the day in the furnace of the capital it sometimes seems a little unreal to be able to stroll in the cool shade of the wild pines of Fuenfría in the early evening.