Altitude 199m a.s.l
Will on Ni Me Mires © Catherine Speakman
La Pancha is situated directly above the town of Redovan. It has plenty of single and multi-pitch routes. The area is close enough to the Alicante/Benidorm area to be a reasonable objective for a day's visit, and although the cliffs have been climbed on here by the locals for over 40 years, visitors have always been rare.
The esoteric local guide (Senderismo y Escalada por la Vega Baja del Segura) covers many more climbs in this intriguing area. There are also plenty of other developed areas that it doesn't cover, especially on the walls to the north of La Pancha.
All the cliffs here get their fair share of sun. The crags listed here make ideal venues on clear winter days but can be a furnace at other times of the year - the cacti growing on many of the cliffs offer a good clue as to the general conditions here! All the cliffs take little seepage and dry rapidly after rain.
The cliffs are to the north of the N340 and the CV900 which are easily reached from the A7 motorway. The Orihuela junction (81) is just over 40km south of Alicante airport. The crag can be clearly seen as you approach but is surprisingly frustrating to get to. The best approach is to get yourself on the road which runs along the western side of Rédovan which is easily reached from a roundabout on the N332. Once on this road try and locate the 'Calle Jacinto Benavente' (9th turn on the right) which dives straight into the town. Follow this roughly straight towards the crag, bearing slightly right at the end and up a steep road which loops around on the edge of the town. This is also the closest point to the crag in the town. From here a clear path leads up the side of the stream bed, past a short wall (with routes) and up to the ledge at the base of the main wall. The google maps pin for the crag car park is 38.1171772,-0.9064398. This will take you to the car park, but be wary of new one way road restrictions. They are incorrect in google maps.
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