Let’s get walking!

WITH THE summer over, Let’s Walk begins a new season of walks that will encompass the whole of the Algarve. The walks are open to everybody and, as always, the pace is leisurely because these walks are to be enjoyed, not endured!

The format continues to be the same – a two hour walk on Saturday that is repeated on Monday, and a three hour walk on Wednesday. The only thing that is different is the time – this season all walks will start at 10.30am.

Last year, it was possible to explore much more of the Algarve thanks to the A22, which makes travelling around so much easier – we may have objected to it being built, but now many of us could not do without it!

Besides being a great way to exercise and meet new people, these walks also raise money for charity. The sponsorship of a young girl in Bolivia and a Tibetan orphan in India continue, but donations were also made to the Tsunami Appeal and EducAid, a small charity that is bringing basic schooling to the children of Sierra Leone in Africa.

Sixteen of the regular walkers with Let’s Walk enjoyed a five day break away in Sintra at the end of February, where they were able to explore the Serra de Sintra and walk along the coastal path close to Cabo da Roca. The sun shone throughout and a really great time was had by all; plenty of laughs, no tears and great food and wine – what more could one ask for?

The season starts with a walk along the cliff tops and through the countryside on September 24, starting at Praia de Albandeira – this is a coastline that is under threat from developers. Without wanting to be political, Let’s Walk aims, this season, to raise the profile of the potential threat of the developers to the countryside and coastline.