Our first venture out on foot took us on what must be the most commonly-walked route in the area. It began almost on our doorstep...down Calle del Labarinto and then first right along Calle de St Antonio.
At the end of Calle de St Antonio we carried straight on downwards into the valley. Almost immediately we met an extremely cross dog, but fortunately it was chained. We followed a route I'd downloaded from the web, the store in Cómpeta at which we'd hoped to buy a book of local walks being closed until 30th.
At the Cómpeta-Canillas road I found the stick I was hoping for (just in case we met any more savage creatures).
Archez has a splendid C13th alminar, one of those many Moorish buildings craftily appropriated by the Christian church. From Archez the path zig-zags across the Rio Cajula, passing a lovely old mill. At this time of year the river was quite full, so we were glad of my stick as we negotiated some very slippery and semi-submerged stones. We managed to cross each time without getting wet feet...
The route guide occasionally and rather unhelpfully uses trees as markers.We had no idea what a carob tree looks like, or an oleander. We took photographs...
After a climb up from the Rio Cajula (past the carob tree) we reached a ridge that gave views of Archez and Canillas de Albaida. The path curved round past farms, villas and meadows, before plunging down again to reach a "Roman" Bridge over the Rio Llanada. From here it zig-zagged up past the smelly sewage works and some feral cats and dogs, to reach Canillas. We climbed through the town to reach the chapel of Santa Ana at its summit. From here it was an easy stroll beside old irrigation channels (and a couple of sad ostriches in a tiny cage) back to Cómpeta.