The first trip of the season with Saddle Skedaddle and it was a big one! Having previously done St Malo to Nice and Land’s End to John o’ Groats, it was great to take on another iconic end to end journey.
From the first day, the climbing begins.
There’s some huge open landscape views along the way.
There was so little traffic on the route, you sometimes wonder where everyone is!
Over a couple of weeks we had a few drops of rain but the clouds often made a dramatic backdrop to the scenery.
On the highest point of the route, we even rode in to the clouds.
Roads clung to the side of the hills overlooking the ever changing landscape.
One of the great things about the trip is the diverse range of incredible accommodation it visits.
As the trip gets further towards the south, the hills don’t let up. There’s a steep climb to the picturesque town of Zuheros.
Towards El Chorro the mountains get really impressive, the roads taking a sinuous route through them.
During May there are thousands of poppies lining the route, with occasional fields cloaked in bright red.
Ronda was the penultimate town we visited. Sat atop vertical cliffs and strung together with incredible bridges, this is somewhere I would like to return to.
With one last climb to go, the route is beautiful to the end. Watch out for the strong Levante wind descending to Tarifa. There’s a reason windsurfing is so popular here!