Rio Chillar Take 1. Near the start.
Despite the heat we did manage one major walk up the somewhat cooler Rio Chillar. It's a round walk going up the valley, mostly walking in the river, which despite the fact that it was autumn and hence there had been very little rain for a long time, runs fast and crystal clear. In some places the water runs through vertical canyons only a metre wide and even at this time can be over knee deep. After a beautiful but rather arduous walk wading or criss crossing from bank to bank the river intersects with a major path and climbing up out of the valley we followed an acequia (an irrigation channel feeding a hydro electric plant) that contours round the hillside giving great views of the surrounding mountainous countryside. The walk took about eight hours including an hour of lunch and rest breaks and was a top dollar day out:)