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The Finca el Cerrillo is a small, friendly hotel run by a British couple.  It is in the Sierra Almijara in Andalucia and about an hour’s drive from Malaga.   You can find out all about it at and on Trip Advisor.

The Finca offers guided walking holidays.  Their package includes pick-up and drop-off at the airport, full board with a fixed menu for dinner, a choice of two guided walks each day with one rest day, and transport to and from the walks as needed. 

What’s the walking like?  The Finca is at almost 600m in hilly country and is at the foot of mountains going up to 2,000m.  There are two levels of guided walks each day; level 1 walks are for 3-4 hours, are easy-paced with ascents of about 300m; and level 2 walks are for 5-6 hours with ascents of up to 700m. 

Date and Price  The Finca has offered an attractive deal for the week of 6-13 March 2021  The package mentioned above is €795 per person with no supplement for single occupancy.  They  want a non-refundable deposit of €150 per person and for the booking to be confirmed by Easter.  The balance is due 8 weeks before the holiday. 

You would need to arrange and pay for your own flights to Malaga.  You would also need to have travel insurance which covers you for walking as an activity. 

Booking and Payments   Your deposit and balance will be paid to me in sterling and I will arrange money transfers in euro’s to the Finca.

The Finca is a small hotel with just 14 rooms.  If you want to be sure of your place, please let me have a cheque for £150 per person for your deposit, made payable to me - see my address below. 

Please say if you want a double room for two people; are prepared to share a twin-bedded room with some-one else; or want to have a room to yourself.  Please also give your email address and mobile number so that I can acknowledge receipt and let you know about progress. 

If you have any questions, please email me at, text me on 07948212327, write to me at the address below or buttonhole me on a walk.

David Cook
8 Regina Court
Molyneux Park Road
Tunbridge Wells TN4 8DJ


Group Walking Holiday in the Peak District in 2022

David Cook is organising a group to go to the HF country house at Dovedale in the Peak District. The holiday runs from Friday 20 May 2022 for 7 nights. You can choose guided or self-guided walking. For guided walkers, there are walks on five days with a free day in the middle. There are usually three levels of walk available.

The price per person in a “good” room is £795 for guided walkers and £685 for self-guided, plus £20 for non-HF members. Room upgrades are available to “better” and “best” rooms at £10pp and £15 pp a night respectively. HF limit the number of single rooms on offer to 10. If more than 10 of us want a single room, volunteers will be called for to share a twin room.

HF want an initial holding deposit of £250 by 5 April 2021 to secure the reservation for the entire group irrespective of size, so the share of the deposit which you will be asked for will depend on how many people want to go. HF ask for their normal £75 per person deposit to be paid by 1 July 2021. The balance is normally payable eight weeks before the start of the holiday.

To register your interest or if you have any questions, please email David at or ring him on 07948 212327.