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Valsaín – traversing the great valley

What is the most beautiful valley of Guadarrama? I love my local Fuenfría Valley like no other. The Rascafría or Lozoya Valley is the vastest, longest, deepest of the Sierra’s valleys. Not long ago i wrote of the delights of … Continue reading

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Autumn fernfest in Guadarrama

As i have pointed out in the past, Autumn colour in the Sierra de Guadarrama depends largely on the humble fern. The oaks of the lower valleys sometimes turn a rusty red, but in low rain years they just go … Continue reading

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Powder frenzy..North of Siete Picos!

Severe oscillations in the weather over the last week..a deluge of rain last Friday – 107mm in Cercedilla in 24 hours – threatened to wipe out the snow right up to the tops of the mountains, but several days of … Continue reading

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The ruins of Casa Eraso and Montón de Trigo

It’s surprisingly easy to forget, when one gets very involved in the sporty or athletic side of mountain activity, just how beautiful it is to be in the mountains. It certainly happens to me sometimes..but this last weekend i got … Continue reading

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Sensations of Autumn in Fuenfría

This last week in the Fuenfría Valley there have been clear sensations of the Fall season.. ..not so much from falling leaves, or even leaves turning colour..but from the cool, humid weather and above all from the ferns turning colour. … Continue reading

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Ferns, glorious ferns

Marcher dans un forêt entre deux haies de fougères transfigurées par l’automne, c’est cela un triomphe. Que sont a côté suffrages et ovations?  Emil Cioran’s illumination among the ferns maybe of the Bois de Boulogne is something that i have been … Continue reading

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The wonderful wild pines of Guadarrama

The signature tree of the Central Guadarrama mountains is Pinus sylvestris, locally known as pino silvestre – also pino albar or pino de Valsaín – and translating to English as Scots pine. Sometimes, while walking thru our local forests, it seems a little strange … Continue reading

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