Trail Running

Secluded trails through almond & olive groves

 

Trail Running

Explore the amazing mountain scenery

 

Trail Running

Stunning vistas

 

Trail Running

Pure enjoyment! Get fit and have fun

 

Trail Running

Challenging ascents!

 

Trail Running

Early morning summer runs

 

Trail Running in Spain

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Trail running in Spain is not only great fun, it will help you develop endurance for long races and ultramarathons and mountain running. You will build up your fitness levels very quickly! 

Abdet is the ideal base with a wide variety of trails to enjoy amidst spectacular scenery, a few of our runs include a visit to the highest peak in Valencia Province (Sierra Aitana) which lies directly to the South of the village.

It is possible to train all year around, in warmer weather we set of before dawn from the village in the clear mountain air and run through the sunrise until things start to get hot around midday!  Then we relax the rest of the day in a local canyon or pool. You are sure to enjoy the never to be forgotten experience of a night run under stunning star lit skies!

We can offer fully guided running for groups with experienced mountain and trail runners who will unlock the secrets of this magical landscape. Meals can be provided or you can cater for yourselves or use the local restaurants. Cycling or swimming is an option if you want a day away from the trails. The video below shows just a few of the highlights! We also offer trail running holidays in the English Lake District and Yorkshire Dales

 

 
 

Trail & Mountain Running Week - March 2017

A great week of trail and mountain running in the Costa Blanca mountains. 5 days of running in which you will visit some of the best mountain scenery in Southern Spain, we know the area intimately and so we can offer you the very best trails. Runs are between 10kms and 25kms with plenty of ascent. Terrain is varied from easy wide tracks to superb paths and rocky section on some runs. You will be based in the tranquil village of Abdet and many of our runs start straight from the house. Please be sure to check our reviews at the bottom of this page

18th - 25th March 2017

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Autumn Trail Running Week - October 2017

Early autumn is a great time for trail running in the Costa Blanca, with warm (but not hot) weather, long days and of course the usual fabulous mountain scenery.

Terrain is varied from easy wide tracks to superb single track paths and a few rocky section on some runs. You will be running with guides who have run all the trails in the area and so are able to offer you the very best routes. 

OCTOBER 7th to 14th 2017 - £550 per person based on two sharing

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Trail & Mountain Running, Walking and Race Week - November 2017

Walk, run or race in the Costa Blanca mountains. A week of running or walking in which you will visit some of the best mountain scenery in Southern Spain. Runs and walks are between 10kms and 25kms with plenty of ascent. Terrain is varied from easy wide tracks to superb paths and rocky section on some runs. We may include a night run if the weather is suitable, running under a starlit mediterranean sky is something you won't forget!

We will also be supporting runners in the local Lurbel Aitana trail races (42km, 85km or 120km). So if you want to race we will provide a full support package. The race is mid November, so ideally if you are entering the race come out a few days earlier!  Race details here

November 2017 - Contact us for dates & options

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Trail & Mountain Running Week - February 2018

A great week of trail and mountain running in the Costa Blanca mountains. 5 days of running in which you will visit some of the best mountain scenery in Southern Spain, we know the area intimately and so we can offer you the very best trails. Runs are between 10kms and 25kms with plenty of ascent. Terrain is varied from easy wide tracks to superb paths and rocky section on some runs. You will be based in the tranquil village of Abdet and many of our runs start straight from the house. Please be sure to check our reviews at the bottom of this page

17th - 24th February 2018

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Secret Costa Blanca

This article first appeared in the Fellrunner Magazine in 2014. It described the joy of running in a relatively undiscovered area of Europe.

Fell running is a great way to travel through any landscape, but if you are not careful you can get stuck in a groove repeating the same routes time after time. It's good to get of the beaten track, and over the last year I have been fortunate to spend quite a few weeks running and exploring the paths, tracks and mountain ridges in the Spanish Costa Blanca. Linking old footpaths, forgotten mule tracks and ancient trading routes amidst spectacular scenery, and of course without mud or rain! Besides getting fitter I have also learnt about an extraordinary landscape (so different from the UK), the diverse and exotic wildlife and plant life, and some fascinating history. 

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Scree Running Skills with Wendy Dodds (video)

Descending can be hard work! Your quads can get very tired and on long runs the build up of fatigue from descents can be very dibilitating. If you are lucky, or choose a good line you might benefit from a scree descent. It is possible to loose height and move very quickly with minimal effort on good scree, but you will need to practise.

Good scree for descending is uniform and almost like gravel. It will flow down the hill as you move, but be aware in frosty weather wet scree can set hard and be quite unpleasant.

A confident  approach allows you to relax and keep upright!. As the size of the stones increases the difficulty of descending also increases, and you are more likely to twist an ankle, fall over or bruise your shins and ankles.

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Kit List - Trail Running Holiday

Here is a list of required and optional items for your running holiday. Please feel free to ask us if you are unsure about any item of equipment, but as always it is a good idea to have used all your basic equipment before your holiday - especially shoes and clothing. Your run leader will carry a fist aid kit.

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Sleeping Lion and Valleys of Tranquility

(26 kms, 1300 metres of ascent) -  with shorter 16km option

A short drive brings us to this epic run starting with a warm up through idyllic pine forest before a tough 600 metre ascent  alongside the incredible limestone cliffs of the Ponoche (the sleeping lion). The view from the top of the climb of the dramatic peak of the Puig Campana and the Mediterranean sea are ample reward for the effort expended. Next a superb traverse for 2kms before crossing into the Valleys of Tranquility (an area of Buddhist retreats).

 A short refuelling break here will allow you to take in the vistas over the forests and rugged mountain scenery before continuing on the varied route of paths and tracks with a couple of shorter climbs before the final 7kms of mainly downhill running complete the circuit. Afterwards we can visit the historic town of Polop for a cold drink (even a beer!) before returning to Abdet.

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The Monks Towers & Serrella Explorer

25kms 1200 metres of ascent (shorter 20km option available)

This amazing run visits a spectacular area of huge rock pinnacles high on a Costa Blanca mountain side, the Monks Towers or Agulles Frares. Your visit to these unique features will be one of the highlights of your trail running holiday! We start up Sombria Solara , the valley of sun and shade. If it;s hot we'll pick the shady side! Then we climb up through the V notch to gain access to the tracks and trails on the Southern Flanks of Serrella. After refilling our bottles at the Font Roja we traverse around to the amazing hillside covered in bizarre and weirdly shaped pinncales, it's worth taking a few pictures here and taking in the breathtaking rock scenery.

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Serrella Traverse

28kms - 1400 metres ascent 

A long and rewarding day out on the Serrella ridge. The easy start along the rural road down to the reservoir means you get a few kilometres done before the first big climb of 2,000 feet (600 metres). Whilst heading up the zig zag track to the ridge look for the the castle of Serrella perched on the impressive fin of rock above you. It's worth making a detour of a couple of hundred metres up to the castle remains with it's level grassy surface that is perfect for a picnic! You will also find a remarkably intact water tank, still holding water many centuries after it was built. Descending from the castle you will see the unusual valley of Mala de Llop ahead of you. It looks like a glacial feature, but is just a trough between two massive ridges of limestone. It's scale is very deceptive as it is over 1km in length. As you descend into this valley you can't fail to be impressed by the massive rock walls on either side as you climb the 1,000 feet (300 metres) to the col at the head of the valley.

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Serrella Roller Coaster

20kms 1400 metres of ascent

A challenging mountain run with some good sections of easier trail running to start and finish. This run has it all! A long steady ascent from Abdet (600 metres) up to the highpoint of around 1350 metres at Serrella Summit. Then the fun begins! Weave your way through the bizzare porcupine plants (Cactus Garden) and then make the descent to a fresh water spring to replenish your water supplies. Next  (after another stiff ascent!) you will visit the Serrella Arches, an intriguing rock feature along with ancient cave paintings. which you can explore. Just beyond is one of the best bits of mountain running you will ever do - the Serella Rock Elevator, an 850 foot (250 metre) scree descent that just keeps on going! 

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Aitana Summit and the Boulder Field Trail

25kms 1300 metres of ascent. (shorter 16km option possible)

This run starts from Abdet and visits the highest point in all of Valencia, passing some ancient snow wells on the way. In February and early March the almond blossom lights up the terraces. You will also run through delightful cherry orchards before the steep final climb to the Aitana Summit before a run past some amazing rock crevasses. We stay on the crest of the mountain on good trails for a few kiomteres before making our descent off the summit plateau. The excitement is far from over though as next comes the superb Boulder Field Trail section, a well graded trail through a jumble of massive boulders! 

Passing more impressive cliffs the descent continues and we weave our way down through the terraces before the final treat of the impressive hidden limestone canyon just a few 100 metres from Abdet.

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Trail Running Gallery

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Ultramarathon Trail Race in Spain

There is now to opportunity to get an early entry in a spectacular ultra trail race in the Costa Blanca mountains around Abdet. It is in November every year, Starting in Finestrat. 
 
 
"Challenge Lurbel Aitana-Puig Campana, an ultra-trail of 40, 80 or 120Km with lots of ascent. Held in November in the Aitana, Serrella and Puig Campana area, ascending its main peaks and starting and finishing in the town of Finestrat (Alicante). "
 
Let us know if you are interested! We can arrange accommodation, food, transport. 

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