GR 249. Stage 35: Alhaurín de la Torre - Málaga
El trabajo personal que corresponde con la etapa de la mente, es la decisión y constituye una fase de especial importancia. Durante su recorrido se invita a la persona a abrigar un espacio donde se ofrezca la oportunidad de tomar partida y decidir lo adecuado en su vida.
El trabajo personal que aquí se propone consiste en ser conscientes del gran potencial y talento que albergamos, así como la cantidad de opciones que residen en cada uno de nosotros, pudiendo compatibilizar varios caminos, cuestionándonos acerca de qué decisiones hemos tomado, cuáles aún no, qué consecuencias hemos vivido cuando decidimos optar por el silencio, así como cuando decidimos no decidir, permitir, hacer o no hacer…
Esta etapa brinda la oportunidad de acompañarte a través de La Gran Senda con las reglas de la propia naturaleza, despertando un despliegue de todo lo mejor que ya hay en ti y la infinidad de opciones que aún no has ofrecido a tu vida, para que seas tú quien decida, sumado a un aprendizaje continuo en un ambiente cambiante.
Es un recorrido donde la toma de decisiones al cien por cien de compromiso te va a acompañar. Un sendero donde es necesario crear una diferencia, para decidir activamente hacia donde quiero caminar, con la intención firme de la finalidad que se pretende, siendo conscientes de las consecuencias. Para cambiar aquellos pensamientos que nos limitan, potenciar los que nos impulsan y encontrar la salida de aquella situación que aparentemente vemos como imposible.
1. Initiation Stage :
Access Starting point: Utovía del Mediterráneo (A-7S) ring road from Málaga passes by very close to Churriana, where
there is an exit to Alhaurín (A-404), turn off immediately and take the Carretera de Churriana, A-7052. It passes right through the starting point in the district of Alhaurin called El Peñón. The A-7052 also constitutes another recommended direct connection with Carretera de Cártama (A-357).
Starting point: In the area called Peñón de Zapata, in Alhaurín de la Torre, at the beginning of Calle del Quinto.
Enjoy the walk safely: There are very few stretches of road and what´s more you can walk on the hard shoulder and pavements adapted for walking. However, these are high-speed roads with plenty of traffi c which means you can´t be too careful. There is
some traffi c on the dirt tracks; fi rst it is farm vehicles and then traffi c related to the industrial estates and the airport. Normally, country roads which are often used by vehicles are also wide enough so that you can walk safely. During the design process of this stage the rising water levels of the Río Guadalhorce were taken into account as they can seasonally flood normally passable areas.Should this happen, you should not cross the potentially problematic point which is the pass underneath MA-21 road.
In order to continue safely you must cross the road using one of the road bridges (sign-posted as “cambio de sentido”) which you will find direction south-west. There is no source of drinking water anywhere along this stage
2. Completion of Stage:
Access to finish point: In order to avoid crossing all of Málaga you need to walk around its southernmost tip. The exits, sign-posted as Palacio de Deportes Martín Carpena, are a good landmark or, as well, Paseo Marítimo Antonio Banderas in the area of La Térmica. This is the area where the MA-20 and MA-21 roads lead to, following the old surface of the N-340.
Finish point: Kilometre Zero of the Gran Senda de Málaga in el Paseo Marítimo Antonio Banderas, in front of Diputación Provincial de Málaga.
3. Alternatives :
Possible "escape routes": At the beginning of this stage the best escape plan is retracing your steps. Obviously, in the metropolitan area of Málaga it should be quite easy to find alternatives, however there are two obstacles blocking your way: the International Airport and the very Río Guadalhorce, especially when the water level is high. It is recommended to follow the walk until you fi nd a road taking you to an industrial estate or a motorway which are abundant around the GR..
No return point: Having passed the airport (km 7) it is more reasonable to continue ahead rather than trying to go back.
Connections to other footpaths and trails: Are related to agriculture of the Guadalhorce valley. If the traditional paths used to exist, they have disappeared in the vortex of the big city. Anyway, the Guadalhorce has always acted as a frontier and an obstacle during a large portion of the year. At km 3.1 there is an intersection with Camino de los Chopos, which crosses the river very close to the Puente del Rey bridge.
When the river water levels rose, there used to be no way of getting to the right bank of the river from Málaga to the fertile gardens and grain fields. This was always a big problem in winter to the point of having caused food shortages. This was so serious that a grand project was started during the fi rst quarter of the 18th century in order to remedy the infrastructure and water supply problems at the same time; however the constriction work of the Acueducto y Puente del Rey was never completed. This stage allows you to get close to this unfi nished construction, which is compelling but not at its best where the path corsses it.
On the other hand, the Paraje Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce actually is an island between the two branches of the river which split off just as the GR crosses the river. There is public pedestrian access which is best approached from the Urbanización Guadalmar, west of the protected Natural Area, Paraje Natural. The environmental section of the regional government, Junta de Andalucía, has prepared a series of five observatories of the fauna in the lagoons and beaches in the fluvial triangle. They are connected by two footpaths called Senderos de Uso Público, Río Viejo (in the north) and Laguna Grande (in the south). Both are correctly sign-posted and they end at the beach.