La Torrecilla is a mountain with a height of 1,919 metres which lies south east of Ronda in the Sierra de Las Nieves natural park. The walking is hard, up steep hills with loose stones. This is the hardest walk currently in the U3A calendar. It should not be attempted unless you can walk hard for 6 hours. Proper walking shoes or boots and walking poles are recommended. Though not technically difficult, you MUST be FIT and have GOOD STAMINA to do it. You should also bring and wear clothes suitable for mountains and cold and wet weather. Have a number of layers. You will need food and water as you will be out all day without restaurants. There is no mobile phone signal in the area so there are no emergency facilities. In the interests of safety and due to the caterpillars no dogs are allowed on this occasion.
In short: 700 metres ascent; 15kms; 6 hours walking plus 2 hours travel time.
Directions to the Meeting Place:
Meeting place is in front of Aranda Iluminacion. This is a large lighting shop which is on the right when travelling from San Pedro to Ronda on the A397. From the A7 at San Pedro turn north onto the A397 and continue immediately over the first roundabout as if driving to Ronda. There is a second roundabout with signs to the ITV testing and with car showrooms nearby. The shop can be found on the right at the third roundabout in a slip road. Just before the slip road to the Toll Road. If coming off the Toll Road it is at the first roundabout travelling towards San Pedro.
From the shop there is a drive towards Ronda; turn off right after about 33km (shortly after the 14 km sign) into Parque Natural Sierra de Las Nieves. Then follow the unpaved road to Cortijo de Quejigales where the cars are parked. Toilets are normally available at the parking area.