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Jacqueline Oglesby


I'm a professional potter and have spent most of my spare time walking, climbing and skiing in northern England, Scotland and the Alps. In the early 1990s I moved to Madrid, and was very excited to find myself living in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, a sprawling range of mountains rising to 2400m, with a magnificent variety of walking, no guidebooks, startlingly unreliable maps and only a handful of people venturing beyond the car parks or picnic spots. Later, there was the same privileged feeling of pioneering when I explored the bigger, more isolated and altogether rougher and tougher Sierra de Gredos, two hours to the west. Well, I just had to write it all down.



In the years since then, the Spanish have discovered hill-walking in a big way, so if you go now you'll find a bit less solitude and a good deal more erosion, even in Gredos. I don't want to overstate this though, you'll still have the walks more or less to yourselves mid-week and in term time.


Title by Jacqueline Oglesby

The Mountains of Central Spain

The Mountains of Central Spain

Extensive guidebook of walks and scrambles in Spain's central mountains, the Sierras de Gredos and Guadarrama, which rise to 2600m and remain snow-capped for 5 months of the year. Over 70 routes and many options, plus Spain's GR10 that runs through the central spine of both mountain chains.

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