WARRINGTON HF Rambling Club International, as it is now known, visited the Costa Blanca resort of Calpe for the sixth successive year, taking some 30 members.

It proved to be a very enjoyable and challenging week.

Again we stayed in the Amatista apartments, close to the beach and the Old Town.

Following on from 2013 and 2014, there was a choice of two walks most days and in some cases, three.

Jan and Phil led the A and B walks, but thanks also to Vini for providing the lead in a couple of extremely challenging ‘walks – the summits of Sierra Bernia and Sanchet.

One old favourite was there, namely the Sierra Bernia circuit, without which, no walking holiday in the area would be complete.

New walks included the Carascal de Parcent Ridge, Col de Rates from Parcent, Sanchet circuit and summit, Font Dolbis from Tarbena and a downhill walk from Sierra Bernia to Jalon.

We also did the Olta Summits, Olta circuit and Guadalest, which we have not done for a few years.

As is now customary, the walks started and finished at a variety of typical Spanish bars, one of the photos shows us taking over the best station cafe in the world at Calpe Railway Station after the Olta walks.

Apart from the varied walking around Calpe, one of the most important aspects of the holiday is the social side.

Most nights, a meal out was preceded by ‘sundowners’ on the balcony.

This pre dinner get together, including the ever famous announcements for the next day, has evolved over the years and is a great way of starting the evening off.

The cabaret for this year was provided by the ‘girls’ giving their version of It’s Raining Men, choreographed bravely by Kath.

Suffice to say it was a great laugh – the video clip can be seen on YouTube.

We are still blaming Kath for the hailstones on the Tarbena walk!

Thanks also to ‘Mrs Ni Hao’ for the entertainment at the Chinese restaurant on the first night – regulars will know what we mean.

View all the photos for the week at warrington-hf-ramblers.org.uk.

Our thanks go to the drivers and co-drivers, without whom the holiday would not have been possible and in particular, our transport manager, John.