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Hikers have a net of routes to discover the most attractive corners of which include the Senda del Genaro. But each municipality has a network of trails to enjoy the environment.
 
       
           
       
 


 

Paths from El Atazar

Route El Riato

     
Start point: Town’s entrance
End point: El Atazar
Duration: 4 hours (round trip)
Length: 10 km
Difficulty: Low
Type of route: Lineal
Lowest Altitude: 880 m. (Bridge over the Riato River)
Highest Altitude: 995 m (El Atazar)
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding or bicycle.
Season: All year.
We must take the track to Robledillo de la Jara, which start point is in the town’s entrance. The road goes through an area of scrub in which gum rockrose, thyme, rosemary, etc, prevail. Approximately at 3.5 km there is a natural viewpoint where we can see the splendid views of the ravines that the Lozoya’s River forms. At the end to the right we can see the Cabeza Anton’s mountain.
To the left of the road, when the water level of the dam is a bit low we can see the ruins of the old flour mill. The way back is done the same way we came.

Route Arroyo de la Pasa

  
Start point: Park next to the Fronton (ball game)
End point: The town
Duration: 2 hours (round trip)
Length: 4 km approx.
Difficulty: Medium (due to the final slope)
Type of route: Circular
Lowest Altitude: 840 m. (Union Arroyo with GR-88)
Highest Altitude: 995 m (El Atazar)
Modality: Walking
Season: All year.
We begin the route descending through the path to Puebla de la Sierra. When we get to a small bridge we take a path on the right-side that goes following the course of the stream going south, and that it crosses several times. We continue on the road until we get to an ash tree wood, there we can see a stone wall that delimits a parcel, the marks of the GR-88. We will continue through the road that goes up going north to El Atazar and ahead there is a part that goes in zig-zag that takes us to the sewage treatment plant, from where we can see the village.

Route Dehesa Ecosistema de El Encinar

  
Start point: The threshing floors
End point: Santa Catalina’s Church
Duration: 2 hours and 15 min
Length: 7 km
Difficulty: Medium
Type of route: Circular
Lowest Altitude: 995 m. (El Atazar)
Highest Altitude: 1,111 m (Collado de Torrejon)
Modality: Walking, The forest track is perfect of bicycle and horseback-riding.
Season: All year.
Observations: The GR-88 mark at half way.
From the threshing floors (located in the upper part of town) we follow the marks of GR-88 direction northeast. We will cross the La Pasa stream, following the road until we get to the Collado de Porrejon, were we are going to find a forest track that goes to Puebla de la Sierra, we go down through the track in a southeast direction to El Atazar. During this descent we will cross a gate and will find tinados (livestock sheds) and beehives (done inside hollow trees) After crossing the bridge over the la Pasa Stream, we go back through the track until we get to town.
Maybe what does El Atazar stand out more is its marvellous natural surroundings, we recommend to go up walking to the Dehesa that forms part of the National Hunting Reserve of Sonsaz.
 

Route Pisanchon y Quemao Viejo

  
Start point: Town’s entrance
End point: Pisanchon y Quemao Viejo
Duration: 2 hours and a half (round trip)
Length: Pisanchon 7 km (round trip), Quemao Viejo 8km (round trip)
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 883 m.
Highest Altitude: 1024m
Modality: Walking, horsback-riding, bicycle.
They are both two strategic points to see the reservoir waters of the Lozoya River.
The road starts at the town’s entrance, taking the forestall track of Robledillo de la Jara. Nowadays this path is marked as an ecological route with signposts and information panels until the fork to Pisanchon.









 

Paths from El Berrueco

The Roman bridge

  
Start point: La plaza de la Picota (The Pillory Plaza)
End point: El Berrueco
Length: 4,5km
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 938 m.
Highest Altitude: 985 m (Peña de Horca)
Signposting: Roman Bridge’s Anagram
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding, bicycle (in some points a certain technique is required)
We begin at the Pillory, continuing to the end of the Calle de La Peña. Walk up through the Calle de las Esperillas and at the road we cross, to continue through La Travesia de Cervera there turn left through the way to the graveyard. Now we will take the dirt road between the graveyard and the industrial area, to initiate the ascent until the water deposit, just beside the Peña de la Horca, the highest point of the path, were we can enjoy of excellent views.
At this point we start the descent. Taking always on the forks that we find, the left branch. Through out most part of the way we can observe rockroses, thyme and juniper. The descent takes us to a meadow known as “Prado Nuevo” (New Meadow), were harvests used to be threshed, and we will go through it in direction to the road of Sieteiglesias M-131. Parallel to this we have the path that will take us to the Roma Bridge. Throughout this stretch we can see to our right the tower of Mirabel.
Finally we get to the Jóbalo stream over which the Romans built the bridge. At this point we will take a break before going back, enjoy of the fresh course of the water and of the forest gallery.
We will make our way back using the same roads we used to get here.
 

The Watchtower Path

  
Start point: La plaza de la Picota (The Pillory Plaza)
End point: El Berrueco
Length: 6 km (round trip)
Duration: 2 hours.
Difficulty: Medium
Lowest Altitude: 938 m.
Highest Altitude: 1034 m (Watchtower)
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding, bicycle. It can be accessed by car through the road of El Atazar Dam about one km from El Berrueco.
Signposting: Watchtower’s Anagram
Start the journey at the Pillory, take the Real Street, direction to Torrelaguna, to follow through the Prados Street. Immediately after, we get to Egido Street that will take us to the stream. We cross through the flagstone bridge and take the road of la Castilla. Since the beginning we will find the marks that identify the route, which anagram is a green tower. At the first fork that we find we should take the right side path. Without leaving this road at any moment we will get to a Canadian pass, always flanking our way, stone walls. In this first stretch we will find Holm oaks, oaks and next to the water course that we will see on our left side, dry in the summer, black poplars, willows and other riverside trees. Step by step we get closer to a bridge that has a turret, located in one of the extreme points of the reservoir. We have to cross it and continuing through the path that starts to twist in closed curves, we will get to a road that comes from the right with a strong slope. Once we have conquered this hard rise, the slope softens. We can see the Watchtower and in that direction we will follow. The grove has let way to normal scrubland and we are walking between rockroses, junipers and aromatic plants.
The meadow where the cattle grazes is all around us and finally we get to a refuge that is next to a basin. We will go up to the road that goes to the Atazar and cross closing behind us the gate to prevent the cattle to come out.
After crossing this and the other one in the other side of the road, we will cross the road. We go up the last slope that will lead us to the Arabic watchtower’s base. From this point we get spectacular views of the valley and the hills that surround us. If we look closely we can see other watchtowers strategically distributed that allowed control and vigilance of all the area.
We should go back the same way we used to get here.
 

The Meadow Path

  
Start point: La plaza de la Picota (The Pillory Plaza)
End point: El Berrueco
Length: 6,5 km (round trip)
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 938 m.
Highest Altitude: 1034 m (rocky spot of the Watchtower)
Modality: Walking, horse back-riding, bicycle.
Signposting: Oak leaf Anagram
The Pillory becomes ones again our start point. Taking the Real Street to Torrelaguna, we get to the outside of the town were we will see a sand road coming out on our right side. A few meters from us we will see the Oak leaf anagram painted on a rock. The anagram will guide us throughout the route. Also here we will find stonemasonry pieces like the Fuente del Gato ( Cat’s Fountain)
The road is simple and it is marked very well there for we won’t find any difficulties to follow it. Before any forks in the path we will always take the right side road, following the stone wall along the meadow.
Holm oak, oak, ash tree, juniper constitute in its mayor part the forest landscape. But we can also find other species like the Montpellier maple, Boiss and numerous aromatic herbs, beside the omnipresent rockrose.
Continuing in a soft ascent until we reach the rocky spot of the Watchtower, a great moment now to look up and contemplate the splendid views of the area. The mountains and the reservoir become now the best objective of our cameras.
From this point on we will descent following the stone wall until we get to the Cabrera road that will take us back to the Plaza de la Picota (The Pillory Plaza).
 

La Almenara Path

  
Start point: Plaza de la Picota (Pillory Square)
End point: Town
Distance: 4 km (round trip)
Duration: 75 minutes
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 875 m
Highest Altitude: 938 m
Modality: Hike, horse, bicycle.
Signposting: Path marked with the Almenara anagram
From the Plaza de la Picota, we transit through different streets (Los Ptrados, El Ejido) until we cross the Arroyo de los Huertos (The Orchard Stream) through the slate bridge to take a sand road (De La Casilla Road). We are going to follow the curse of the stream, following the marks and milestones until we arrive to an area where we have two options: 1/ follow the sand road until we reach the Almenara, border until we exit to the cannal road; 2/ go to the left, we will get to the stone boulder that lowers the stream, cross the stones and exit to the sand road. Leave the road to right, pass behind the water-treatment plant, cross the bridge.
Follow the road to the El Villar Cannal until we reach the viewpoint of the reservoir, this last one being to our right. At the viewpoint, cross the parking lot and go up through the road, turn left at the calleja (a small road bordered with stone walls), go up in direction to town. The calleja ends at the road to Cervera were we return to the El Berrueco’s Square.
 
 

Paths from Cervera de Buitrago

De los Prados’ Route.

     
Start point: Plaza de las Arcas
Duration: 1 hour and a half approx.
Length: approx 4 km (round trip)
Difficulty: Low
Type of route: Lineal
This route will take us to one of the branches of the Atazar reservoir, through a path surrounded by ash trees and Portuguese oaks, these meadows are known as “de Jimena”. In the route we cross an old sediment retaining dyke, after crossing the dyke the path continues through the hillside until we arrive to the reservoir shores where we can contemplate great views.



Other routes from Cervera

 
     
 






 
 
























 

Paths from Patones

Path of Las Calerizas

  
Start point: Patones de Abajo
End point: Patones de Abajo
Duration: 4 hours and 30 minutes approx.
Length: 13,5 km
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 726 m.
Highest Altitude: 900 m
Recommended Season: All year
Cartography: Valdepeñas de la Sierra 485-III (39-38)
We begin at the Patones de Abajo’s fronton (ball game court) taking the ecologic path that goes up to Patones de Arriba, arriving at the old San Jose’s Church now known as C.I.T.E.C.O. From there we go up to the “eras” (threshing floors) and continuing on the path until the beehives, leaving them to our right and crossing the Las Cuevas’ stream, where we will start climbing until we find the track (GR 10).
Passing under the first tubes of the canal, we find on our right a viewpoint (el barranco de las cuevas) the gully of the caves, from where we can make out the fluvial terraces on the other side of the river already in the province of Guadalajara. To the left we can make out the natural caves on the rock’s walls and continuing forward we can see the geological formation denominated Las Carcavas, as well as the junction of the Lozoya and Jarama rivers. We follow the road to the Barranco del Hocino where we will find an arabic watchtower and going down through the road until we reach the Valdentales’ central, we cross the bridge over the stream with the same name. Once there we cross the road, we continue on the track passing in front of the natural entrance of the Reguerillo Cave and next to the remains of the Castro Celtiberico (celtic-iberic settlement). Going down to Ponton de la Oliva we find the remains of the Heritage de la Virgen de la Oliva. We cross the road and we are going parallel through the old Canal de Cabarrus until we get to Patones.
Along the route the vegetation lets us observe birds like the partridge, blackbird, raven and vulture gliding in search of food, in spring the storks and swallows appear. Known for their abundance are the hares, rabbits, roe deer, wild boars, but it is not uncommon to find prints of roe deer and of wild boars. With the reptiles the more representative are the common lizard and the green big toad. We can see many insects particularly standing out the bees, wasps, grasshoppers, beetles and butterflies. Walking near the riverbank we can go near the shore and listen to the croak of the frogs, see the coming and going of the water snakes and the fishes like the common trout and barbell. Observe insects related to water like the dragonfly, mosquitoes and flies. 
The path along this route is predominated by the scrubland. In the first part of the rout we can distinguish species like: rockrose, thyme, rosemary, furze, lavender, broom and one or two juniper. The beehives also make presence in this rout due to the flora variety. We continue walking between limestone and sandstone, predominating rue, lavender, mullein, horehound, rock tea and Venus bellybutton. In the descent the GR-10 we observe a stone pine reforestation area and species like the ones pointed out before.
At the end of the route, going back by the canal we see to the south-east a forest of the riverbank composed mostly by black poplar, alder trees, oaks and ash trees.
 

Path to Cancho de la Cabeza

  
Start point: Patones de Abajo
End point: Patones de Abajo
Duration: 4 hours
Length: 12 km
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 710 m.
Highest Altitude: 1263 m
Recommended Season: All year except Summer
Cartography: Valdepeñas de la Sierra 485-III (39-38)
We depart from the Patones de Abajo’s fronton (ball game court) direction to Patones de Arriba through the ecological path. Once we get to the C.I.T.E.C.O (old S. Jose’s Church) we direct ourselves to the lavadero (clothe washing space) from there we start our way following the course of the Patones stream to its birth.
This path is marked as PR (abbreviation of pequeño recorrido that means small tour) in white and yellow. 
We follow the course of the stream through the path, going through the slate hills where we will find typical low mountain vegetation like: rockrose, boiss, lavender and juniper.
We continue in a straight line following the stream, leaving to our right a cut off path. We continue through the path until we get to the pine forest, finding in our way Peña Escrita. We continue through the road on the right-side direction northeast, climbing parallel to the firewall and continuing through the PR. We begin to see the excellent views that the Lozoya’ reservoir has to offer us, when we reach the highest point of our route, el Cancho de la Cabeza, to which we access using the firewall through a path between slates. This peak has a geodesic point (1263m) from where we can see all the area.
From here we will continue on the PR route heading north, taking the path on the right until we get to a slope, were we begin our way back. We continue through the PR route between rockroses, crossing the firewall until we get to Patones de Arriba, where we will initially see the cemetery and subsequently the first sheds and threshing floors. We go through the town and we go down again through the ecological path until we find the point of depart, Patones de Abajo.
In this route stands out the abundance of rockrose over the rest of the ecosystem, we can also see the contrast between the riverbank forest (black poplar, fig tree and willow) and the scrubland (broom, lavender and juniper). After ending the area with rockroses, we find another type of vegetation: sorrel, heather and ash trees. In the shadow area, we find different lichen formations on the slate. At the end of the stream, getting near to Peña Escrita we can start seeing the first black pines and in the way back again the rockrose will keep us company until the end of our route.
 

Path de La Parra Dam

  
Start point: El Ponton de Oliva
End point: El Ponton de Oliva
Duration: 4 hours
Length: 14 km
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 750 m.
Highest Altitude: 750 m
Recommended Season: All year
Cartography: Valdepeñas de la Sierra 485-III (39-38)
This route begins in the parking lot of Ponton de la Oliva, we cross the road and on our left we find the Hermitage Virgen de la Oliva. At the dam we go through the footbridge on the left where we can see the marks GR-10 and GR-88. We go through a riverside forest (ash tree and sorbus) until we leave Ponton and we continue through the GR parallel on the left to the course of the Lozoya’s river.
Following the course we find a fantastic ash tree forest that will accompany us along almost all the way. We also find several holes in the slate that were used as attack mines. When we get to the fence we will go around it until we get out to the track, which we will follow to the right always walking parallel to the Lozoya’s river. Following the road first we will find the Navarejos’ diversion dam and 2 km further we will get to our destination the Parra dam.
We will make our way back taking the same road we did to get here.
Throughout the route we will see many reptiles and amphibians like frogs, water snakes and salamanders. We also can see birds like the white wagtail, common kingfisher, robin or the corn crake and insects like the dragonflies or butterflies.
 
 

Paths from Puentes Viejas

El Picazuelo - Cinco Villas

   
Start point: Cinco Villas
End point: Cinco Villas
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Length: 4 km approx. (round trip)
Type of route: Lineal
Difficulty: Medium
Type of path: forest track, roads and paths
Lowest Altitude: 1091 m. (Cinco Villas)
Highest Altitude: 1250 m (El Picazuelo)
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding, bicycle.
Season: All year.
We depart at the Santa Ana’s church and continue our itinerary through the Camino Viejo del Cementerio (old path to the cemetery), until we hook up with the Cerro de Cinco Villas’ transhumance path. Next to the cemetery and the squeeze shut, going through the dirt road we find on the right a barrier that restricts the pass of cars and a metallic gate.
Throughout all the way we have been able to observe a great variety of aromatic plants like: Spanish lavender, thyme… When inside the pine forest it is harder to see any type of plants, because of the denseness of the Pine needles and the pine corns. Even though, it is possible to find black bois with its characteristic flowers, gum rockrose and common juniper.
We continue our way in a straight line, ignoring all the forks on our left, and one on the right at about one km from us that goes around the totality of the mountain. We ascent a short steep slope, the final stretch of our ascent and we find ourselves in front of a watchtower, next to it is the location of a geodesic point and of a television repeater. We have arrived to Picazuelo, the highest peak of Mangiron’s district, at an altitude of 1250 meters where we can contemplate impressive views of practically all the mountain range.
If we pay attention and go slowly, we can observe some of the characteristic birds of the area, like blackbird, vulture, magpie or hawk-eagle. It is very hard to find wild boards, foxes, fallow deer or roe deer along the path, but we should be able to make out their foot prints along the path.
Going back through the same way we come back to Cinco Villas, our place of depart.
 

El Villar Reservoir Route - Mangirón

   
Start point: Plaza de la Constitucion de Mangiron (Constitution Plaza of Mangiron)
End point: Mangiron
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Route 2: 2 hours and 30 mins
Alternatives: 30 minutes each one
Length: 3,7 km (round trip)
Type of route: circular with line extensions
Difficulty: Medium ( some hard ascents)
Type of path: forest track, roads and paths
Lowest Altitude: 906 m. (Puente Viejas reservoir)
Highest Altitude: 1012 m (Mangiron)
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding, bicycle.
Season: All year. Strongly recommended in Spring and Autumn to contemplate the different tones of the scenery.
The path begins at the Plaza de la Constitucion. From there we go down through the Estrella street until the Fragua street, we will pass next to the old forge and the old fountain. Following the water course of the stream through the Norte street we arrive at the old Lavadero. We will cross the bridge and follow the road of Egidillo.
At the end of the path, next to the road that goes to the Puentes Viejas Dam, we go around the last town’s houses, we cross a metallic fence and get to the cattle squeeze chute. Going down the dirt road we will leave on our right side the emblematic Peña el Tormo. Following the road on the left we will arrive at the quarries. We will pass next to the inert waste disposal site, following the road of the “Cañada Real de Puente Viejas” (Drover’s road of Puente Viejas)
We walk surrounded by shrubs, rockrose and holm oak, we can contemplate and impressive panoramic view of Paredes de Buitrago and Berzosa del Lozoya.
Continuing on the road we arrive to a narrow pass, the old path that serves to count the cattle, we leave it behind us and go up a small slope surrounded by hawthorns, blackthorns, rose hip and ash trees. 
We get to a raised area and start our way through the service path of the Canal de Isabel II to a small stream bed, from where we can make out between the holm oaks, the Villar Dam. Following through the path or the road of the right we get to the shore of the dam. If we look we can see the old road that going around the shore connects the Puente Viejas Dam with El Villar, a very difficult access. Also we can observe stone gun turrets that were used as watchtowers and other edifications realized during the Dam’s construction.
Back to the road we continue our way, a stretch decorated with lower display predomination of scrubland, specially the gum rockrose. We now reach the other end of the reservoir; the tranquillity of the place beside the views that this small boxed-in sea between mountains makes the place into an opportunity to rest before going back.
We will make our way back through a small path with a high ascent, with the peak crowned we will take the road on the right and in this direction we will continue until we get to the soccer field. After passing the soccer field we will take the small alley going west until we get to Mangiron.
This route has a series of alternatives so it can be done by anyone. Each colour matches a journey with a determined time, in exception to the alternative paths that extend the average time in exchange of offering places with picturesque views, being the round trip through the same route.
 

Path of the Descansaderos (the resting place road) - Paredes de Buitrago

   
Start point: Immaculate Conception’s Parish Church.
End point: Paredes de Buitrago
Duration: 2 hour and 30 minutes to 3 hours
Length: 5 km
Type of route: Circular
Difficulty: Medium (paths that alternate homogeneous roads with slopes and extended ascents)
Type of path: forest track, roads and paths
Lowest Altitude: 988 m. (Paredes de Buitrago)
Highest Altitude: 1100 m (Las Llanadas)
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding, bicycle.
Season: All year.
The path begins at the Immaculate Conception’s Parish Church. From there, crossing the road that goes across the town, we take the Rincon de la Iglesia’s street, were we are going to hook up to the Fuente street.
At the end of the street we are going to find the sports centre, leaving it behind us. The road will diverge in two, we will take the road on the right, the one called “carrera de abajo”. Let us appreciate the beautiful panoramic views of Peña El Aguila, Peña Parda and Peña La Cabra (1834 meters) (peña in Spanish means rock) we can also see the Sonsaz’ National Hunting Reserve and the cattle pastures.
Continuing on the dirt path we go across a high voltage line, it is a good area to appreciate the territory’s uses (cattle and coal) As for the vegetation we find a predominance of grass land with some “chaparral” (type of small holm oak).
Througout the road we will pass by a manger (located very near to the Malillo stream) that is on our right-hand. Next on our lef-hand, there is a long stone wall from a farm that has an oak grove, ash trees and maples. To our right we will see the meadows full with thyme, wild rose, etc., besides oak and a bit further a holm oak forest.
Where the road divides again we take the left tracing a curve, until we get to the Descansadero de la Cabezada (Cabezada’s Resting place); this is a good area to appreciate beautiful panoramic views of all the mountains. From here we start our way back to town.
The highlight points of the road are the Bunkers from the Spanish Civil War that are historic-cultural interest assets, formed by a very resistant vault with reinforced shelter to install artillery pieces… they form a defensive line of about 800 meters, in three sections separated by the road that goes to Pradena.
We return crossing to the left-side of the road once we have passed the bunker. Continuing until we reach the Descansadero de Salegar (Salegar’s Resting place) where we will pass again the high voltage line, we continue in a straight line and we will arrive at the Carrera de Arriba to get to the town’s gardens. We can now see the sports centre, we are back in town, we go back through the Fuente street until we reach the church where our tour ends.
 

El Pinar de Casasola (Casasola’s Pine woods) - Serrada de la Fuente

   
Start point: Town’s square
End point: Serrada de la Fuente
Duration: 2 hours
Length: 1,7 km
Type of route: Circular
Difficulty: Low (During rain’s season there are parts along the road that can get flooded)
Type of path: forest track, roads and paths
Lowest Altitude: 980 m.
Highest Altitude: 1034 m (Serrada de la Fuente)
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding, bicycle.
Season: All year. We recommend springtime and autumn so the different tones in the landscape can be contemplated.
We start at the Town’s square next to the fountain, we will go down through the Real’s street until we find the forge where we will start going through the Castillo street so we can get to the cattle crush. From there we will continue until the bridge that crosses the Pila’s stream. This is the moment when we are abandoning the town’s core. From here we will take the right-side road. Once we have passed the gate, we can see next to the manger the different uses that took place in this area, it is the case of the pruning of ash trees and willows.
This part of the road goes on through the loma de los sapos (the toad’s hill), named that way because it is an old abandoned rye farm that is splashed with diverse aromatic and thorn species. From the hill we will have good panoramic views of the council and province’s peaks. A few meters ahead we will find a strong holm oak where we can get some shelter.
Just after crossing the high voltage line we observe the schist and gneiss that make the ground, being also the point where the rockrose appears and will surround us until we get to the Pinar de Casasola.
At the entrance of the pine forest, that is composed of maritime pine that also marks the limit between Serrada and Berzosa councils. From here we will follow the forest track in opposite direction of the pine forest, passing in front of the Pila’s stream and the old sawmill, now abandoned, in the old times it was used by the town’s neighbours to get firewood. Throughout this path we will have a bit more ascent until we hook up with the principal path, where we will turn to the right. Once we have crossed the gate, we will go back to Serrada passing by the frontón (spanish ball game) court until we reach the Real street, just in front of an old adobe kiln that is virtually in ruins. We go up the street passing next to the old City Hall, that nowadays is the Municipal Library until we get to the Square. That is how we finish out tour.
 
 

Paths from Robledillo de la Jara

Molino del Villar (Del Villar’s Mill)

     
Start point: Robledillo de la Jara
End point: Molino del Embalse del Villar (Del Villar’s reservoir mill)
Duration: 3 hours and a half (round trip)
Length: 8 km
Type of route: Lineal
Difficulty: Medium
Lowest Altitude: 900 m.
Highest Altitude: 1012 m
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding.
Season: All year.
Observations: On the way back, the Loma del Juncalero’s slope is 8-10%
We start the route in Robledillo de la Jara through the road of the cemetery. After passing it we detour by a road that comes out on our left-side and that marks the beginning of our path.
We advance on it until we get to a livestock shed named Cobonal that is located on our right-side.
At about 50 meters we will find a fork in the road, we will take the right-side road and it will take us to the Juncarejo hillock where we are going to be able to contemplate some of the councils of the surrounding area. We cross the hillock and go through the gate (that prevents cattle from running away), we direct our way to the stream. We wade across it and take the path on the left-side the one that goes next to a stone wall. After passing it, we get to a bridge constructed of wooden logs that is used during the water rise seasons of the stream. We cross the stream and find the Fuente del Chorrillo (The trickle of water fountain) that emanates from a rock, a good place to rest and refresh.
We take up again the road from the fountain. We go up and to the right we can see a dyke and behind a hill with two stone castles, we will continue ascending to a small grassland peak from where we can see the El Villar Reservoir.
At this point we have two alternatives. One is to choose the road on our right that goes behind the castles to el Peñote (a group of crags from where we can see the river’s bed coming out of the canyon and one of the gorges were the river enters the reservoir, with beautiful views.) The other alternative is to continue the path that descends to the reservoir; in this case we have to cross an open gate and another one covered by bramble, walk on the path of the right and descend to the reservoir bordering a stone wall. We have arrived at the end of our path that hides the mill, only visible when the level of the water goes down.
 

Road of Valdehierro 

   
Start point: Robledillo de la Jara
End point: Cervera de Buitrago
Duration: 3 hours (round trip)
Length: 5 km
Type of route: Lineal
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 920 m. (Cervera de Buitrago)
Highest Altitude: 1030 m
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding.
Season: All year.
The road leaves from Robledillo de la Sierra to the Matachines Mountain, through the road to Puebla de la Sierra. After about 300 meters of travel, at our right we can distinguish the road or path of Valdehierro. We will take it until we find a fork, continuing our way on the left path. In both sides of the path there are gum rockroses, different types of thyme, marjoram, rosemary, congress weed beside other aromatic plants. We continue on the path and at about 300 meters we are surprised on our left-side by the Avion Peak, 1000 meters of altitude and where it is possible to see the whole valley. We keep on walking surrounded by rockroses along the road. The path is limy and not difficult to do.
Continuing on the road we arrive to an area where a stream goes through (dry in summer). In this step of the way there is a pasture land that we will cross until we encounter again an area of rockroses. We continue ahead until the rockrose invades the path and makes it impassable. The option now is to border the lower part of the Dehesa through the firewall. We advance on the right-side of the firewall for about 30 minutes, until we find a rock line that crosses it like a boundary. At about 50 meters from it a road on the left starts and it will guide us to the Lagunillas de Cervera de Buitrago (Cervera de Buitrago’s lakes) . We walk on it until we come across a gate that takes us to a wider plain road. The road continues to be surrounded by rockrose and aromatic plants for about 3 kilometers. At the end we see the Lagunillas (lakes) and to our right we have Cervera de Buitrago and the Altazar reservoir, end of the road and a suitable spot to refresh and rest after the walk. Along all the route we can see flying over the sky booted eagles, European bee-eaters, wood pigeons, red-legged partridges and some eagles.
 

Road of  Riato

   
Start point: Robledillo de la Jara
End point: Mill of the Riato River
Duration: 4 hours and a half (round trip)
Length: 6 km
Type of route: Lineal
Difficulty: Low
Lowest Altitude: 980 m. (Bridge over the Riato River)
Highest Altitude: 1140 m
Modality: Walking, horseback-riding or bicycle.
Season: All year.
We depart from Robledillo de la Jara in direction to the Matachines’ peak through the road that takes us to Puebla de la Sierra. We travel about 2 kilometres next to the asphalt until we find a fork. On the right-side the road turns to La Puebla and straight ahead we continue our way to the Matachines’ Peak, with an altitude of 1,122 meters. This landscape turns into an authentic natural balcony with impressive views. In this landscape two itineraries are born, the one that takes us to the relay masts and the other to a forest track and that takes us to the Riato River. We will take this last one. We descend and go deep in the pine woods.
We get to the bottom of the gully and we find a landscape that invites us to rest. If we continue bordering the river, we see how it transforms into a reservoir and it hides the mill which is only visible when the waters are low. If we continue through the road, in a few kilometres we will arrive at El Atazar. We can observe waterfalls that go down to the Riato River during the rain and thawing seasons.
The ecosystems of the path are rocky, pasture lands, pine woods and riverside vegetation. We can see aromatic plants like rosemary, thyme, bachelor button, shrub plants, rockrose and grasslands. With a little bit of luck and paying attention it is also possible to see some roe deer that come down to drink water or the rest of the visible fauna like common buzzards, booted eagles, rabbits, common kestrels, wild boards, foxes, common genets, etc.

 
 
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