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  • Hiking to the abandoned town of Odin...

    For a recent rest day trip in between climbing days I decided to go explore further up the valley where id heard about a supposidly abandoned town - sounds interesting huh?! The path there was apparently an ancient trade route to France and climbed steeply from the valley up onto an open plateau of rolling hills dotted with Oaks and stunted pine trees. At one point I heard a strange whistling sound that quickly became a roar like a loud waterfall - turning to try and work out what the startling noise was, I looked up to see a huge eagle with wings semi-furled in a steep dive! It cruised right over me and continued off down the valley, evidentally on a mission...

    After several hours of hiking I came across the first buildings, and shortly after a 'main street', complete with cobbles and quaint little houses, all in a state of serious disrepair. Brambles covered with blackberries covered the walls low, and a quince tree out the front was overloaded with huge fruit.

    Exploring inside one of the houses I was surprised to find a relatively recent date of construction carved into the pillar - 1919 - and a load of junk suggesting it was occupied for some time later.

    An old barn on the verge of the town. Would make an awesome contemporary loft/studio conversion with a bit of work!

    A Walnut tree crusing the back wall of what was once the town bar...

    As I hiked further up the valley, snacking on the fruit that grew seemingly everywhere, the houses seemed to get older, with some dating back to the 1700's. It occured to me that old towns all had amazing churches - usually on a hilltop - but there was none here to be seen. Picking a likely forested hill I headed off up a path in hope of finding something...

    To my great excitement, the path emerged near the top of the hill on the verge of a semi-collapsed church!

    Inside the main hall the ceiling was painted in a way ive never seen before... (though to be fair i dont visit many northern spanish churches)

    The highlight was inside the tower - which you could access by climbing up through the pile of collapsed wooden beams that once formed the floors of the tower. The sunlight angled through the windows, and the lighting effect was so geometric and awesome...

    The hike back - down a different route was equally as impressive - with the vista at the start of this post, and heaps of huge rock towers, some at least 100m high!

    I hope you enjoyed the journey!