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GR 38 says goodbye to Treviño County

 

Under the protection of the rugged Toloño and Cantabria mountains, the County of Treviño, which belongs to the province of Burgos, extends, as if it were an island, surrounded by the lands of Alava. The contrast of landscapes, so soon extensive cereal fields, wild gorges or impregnable forests are the usual tonic of the GR 38 Route of the wine and of the fish in its section 3 between Albaina and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz.​

GR 38 Route of the wine and of the fish Section 3 Albaina-Estíbaliz

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The route in its 23 km takes us to travel part of the County of Treviño visiting several of its villages. Albaina, is the starting point of this section of the GR 38, a wine and fish route that quickly takes us to visit Pariza, and then set off in search of the town of Sáseta, surrounded by fields of crops. From this town in Burgos we will take the last steps of the Wine and Fish Route through the lands of the County of Treviño, but not before crossing the beautiful Gorge of the River Ayuda. This last place shines in this stage 3 between Albaina and Estíbaliz.

Gorge of the River Ayuda

Okina is already waiting for us in the province of Alava, marking almost half of our journey. The longest stretch of this stage of the GR 38 awaits us. A stretch where the forest is the main protagonist, giving us beautiful corners that make our route more pleasant and interesting. The Llanada Alavesa awaits us after crossing the natural frontier of the Mounts of Vitoria, mountains that, after overcoming them, offer us a magnificent panorama of what is to come in future stages of the route of the wine and of the fish. The Greenway of the Vasco-Navarro Railway is presented to us, for the first time on our way, preceding the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz, the final destination of this stage 3 of the GR 38.

Path to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz

The Trick

 

The town of Okina gives us the opportunity to divide the day in two sections, a stage 3 a between Albaina and Okina with 11,4 Km and a second or stage 3 b between Okina and Estíbaliz with 11,6 Km.

 

 

How to get to

 

 

 

The accesses that lead to Albaina are on the CL-127 road that connects Bernedo with Treviño. This road in turn connects with the road that from Vitoria - Gasteiz goes up to the Peñacerrada pass. Once in Albaina we can park our vehicle without any difficulty to start the route we are going to travel.

 

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It's a hard journey given the mileage to overcome, and we'll have to be very careful at the different junctions with the roads that will come our way. It is essential to take food to him so that he can recover his energy.

In normal conditions, water should not be a problem along almost all the stage since we have to find easily accessible streams and some sources, although we can not be confident.

Throughout the stage we have to find not only other dogs in the different villages, but also the different cattle that graze in the fields we will cross. At the end of the day, we must pay close attention to any parasites that may have been caught.

 

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Description of the GR 38 Route of the wine and of the fish Section 3 Albaina - Estíbaliz

 

From Albaina to Pariza 2,1 Km

 

The Albaina square (0h 00min) marks the starting point of this stage of the GR 38.

We begin stage 3 of the GR 38

We head towards the local church following the course of the road to Albaina.

We say goodbye to Albaina

Just after passing by the church there is a track on our left that we must follow.

We continue to descend

At this point we will come to a new fork in the path, which this time follows the path to the right and continues its downward course.

We passed under the road

We say our final goodbye to Albaina while our battered road leads us to the nearby main road. Luckily an underpass saves us from having to cross this road.

We crossed the road

As soon as we do so, the access road to Pariza cuts us off, forcing us to cross it to continue our journey.

We continue without further detours

We are following the upward course marked by the conditioned dirt track that now serves as our guide. There will not be many crossroads to cross in this first part of the stage.

Now for the right

Our first objective can already be sensed in front of us as we slowly approach it.

We approach Pariza

Pariza (0h 30min) welcomes us while we follow the GR marks that take us through it.

 

From Pariza to Sáseta 3,9 Km

We enter Pariza

As it could not be otherwise, the square and the church of Pariza serve us as a reference to follow.

We follow the marks of the GR 38 by Pariza

Calmly we go through the different streets of this small town looking to get out of it.

We say goodbye to Pariza

Almost without realizing it, we are already on the outskirts of Pariza, heading for the next town that awaits us.

We left the main path

Shortly after passing by the cemetery we will reach a fork in which the path to follow is right in the middle of the three that come out in our way.

The vegetation almost covers the path.

From now on, we will find ourselves following an old path that struggles with the vegetation so as not to be hidden by it.

Attention to the junctions

The landscape around us, full of farmland, is quite different from the one that had accompanied us in previous stages.

We continue to gain height

For the moment, the slope, although continuously rising, is not a great effort. This area, although signposted, forces us to be vigilant at the different crossroads we encounter.

No detours for the moment

The areas where the path almost disappears under the vegetation alternate with others that are cleaner and easier to follow. Little by little we leave behind us the different junctions that come out in our path.

Attention to GR 38 marks

One of these bifurcation puts us to the test again by almost completely hiding the signalling of the GR 38.

We continue to gain height

We continue with the tireless ascent that, although it is not demanding, makes us try harder than it may seem a priori. In this part of the stage we must not find too many junctions that can complicate our day.

We continue to move towards Sáseta

As is usual at certain times, the vegetation almost completely hides the path. A path that practically disappears becoming a narrow trail.

We start the descent

After overcoming a small hillock we will begin the descent that will lead us to the ever closer Sáseta.

We join the GR 282 the Path of Shepherding

A descent that takes us to the encounter of the GR 282 also known as the Path of Shepherding.

We crossed a bridge

We continue to move forward with our eyes on Sáseta as we cross a small bridge.

We approached Sáseta

But before reaching this new locality we will have to recover part of the lost height.

We arrived at Sáseta

The first streets of Sáseta (1h 40min) do not reduce the slope we are overcoming.

 

From Sáseta to Okina 5.4 Km

End of the ascent section

Shortly before reaching the highest part of the town, where the church is located, our GR 38 turns sharply to the left, ending the ascent.

We walk the streets of Sáseta

We head towards the car park from which the route of the gorge of the river Ayuda starts, which we are about to travel.

We left the parking lot of the Gorge of the river Ayuda

Just outside of Sáseta, this area, which has been fitted out as a car park, awaits us. Here, a sign prohibiting the circulation of vehicles serves as a reference to find the continuation of the route.

We advance towards the gorge of the river Ayuda

We set a course for the gorge on the River Ayuda. For the time being, we must not stray from the crossroads we will encounter.

We left the main path

A little further on we will have to leave the main road and follow a wide trail. This trail brings us closer and closer to the interior of the gorge we are about to visit.

The wide trail leads us to the gate.

A gate, which we crossed, seems to mark the real beginning of the gorge, although the most abrupt zone is still to come.

We are going into the gorge of the river Ayuda

The landscape that surrounds us has changed its physiognomy, previously dominated by the fields. The wide path we are following takes us step by step into the beautiful gorge of the Ayuda River.

We alternate areas with a lot of vegetation with other more open

The thick vegetation that covers this area of the stage of the Route of the wine and of the fish surrounds us contributing all its freshness the hot days.

We crossed some creek

There are several streams that pour their waters into the nearby river, streams that we usually cross without complications.

The usual trend is to gain height

The slope continues to make us try harder than we would like to, given what is ahead of us. The luxuriant forest along the trail we are following makes this part of the route even more beautiful.

We continue to travel the gorge of the river Ayuda

The nearby river tempts us with charming little nooks and crannies to which we can make a detour, with hardly any increase in the total distance of this stage of the GR 38.

Watch out for detours

The end of the gorge on the River Ayuda is getting closer and closer.

We arrived at the meadow

A small wooden bridge takes us to a green meadow that marks the near end of this section.

We went out on a new path

A perfect path will serve as a guide as we say goodbye to the gorge of the Ayuda River. Again a cattle gate is in charge of signaling the end of the gorge.

We follow the main path at all times

Now we just have to follow the course of the wide path that leads us to the nearby Okina.

We approached Okina

A path that makes us leave aside and to the other the different junctions that we will find.

We crossed Okina

Almost without realizing it, we will see each other traveling of the first houses of Okina (3h 50min).​

 

From Okina to Estíbaliz 11.6 Km

 

 The marks of the GR 38 make us go through Okina without altering our course.

We turn right

Once on the outskirts of the town we will be forced to turn right, to go in search of the path along which the Wine and Fish Route continues.

We left Okina behind

A path that once again is practically hidden by vegetation. So much so that as we strive to overcome the slope it has, we see how this ancient road has become a narrow trail.

The vegetation doesn't make it easy

After this first stretch, the trail gains in width almost at the same time as it smoothes out the slope. After a while we will come across a new cattle gate that precedes a clear plain before us.

We crossed the meadow

With hardly any references to help us, we have two options, either skirt the line of trees on the left or cross the meadow with hardly any detour in search of the continuation of the trail on the other side.

We return to the trail

In any case, on the opposite side, the continuation of our route awaits us. A continuation that after quickly losing altitude leads us to a new fork in the road.

The tricky area to follow is not over

This time we will have to cross a new meadow, this time bordering on the left side of it.

We left the riverbed on our left

After doing so, the Ayuda riverbed cuts us off pass, making us follow its upward course for a moment. We will quickly find ourselves overcoming a remarkable ramp.

We arrive at another area that is difficult to follow

The thickness of the forest makes it difficult for us to find the marks of the GR and the continuation of the route.

We go down to the river

We begin to lose altitude as we head back to meet the nearby river.

We're looking for the bridge to cross the river

But before we get to him, we'll go through a new gate again. After that we only have to go a few meters upstream.

We crossed the bridge

A few meters further on, a small bridge awaits us to cross the river. The route then changes radically in direction to follow the descending riverbed for a moment and say goodbye to it, starting off in search of the dirt track that awaits us further on.

We walk a few meters of track

A track that we will cross to continue our journey along a path that emerges a few meters to our left.

We continue on the right

After crossing a new gate and the normally dry riverbed of a stream we will reach a new fork where the path to follow is on our right.

The vegetation and the mud make things difficult again

A new stretch awaits us where the vegetation reduces our path to a narrow trail, which barely makes its way through the ferns.

The trail disappears

After a while the thick forest gives way to another green meadow that forces us to be attentive to recognize the marks of the GR.

With fog it's easy to get lost

Luckily, as on previous occasions, we hardly have to change our course and the meadow is enclosed by a fence on one side and a wall of vegetation on the other, in almost all its extension.

Our trail is back on track

At the opposite end of the field, one of the posts of the GR 38 marks the continuation of the trail.

We go back to the forest

A trail that takes us back into the forest, a forest that will no longer abandon us for a long stretch of route.

This part of the GR 38 is quite nice

This part of the tour forces us to ford some streams and to overcome the fence that delimits it. The obstacles are generally easy to overcome, just as it is easy to follow the trail that we have to walk on.

We came to a new path

A trail that makes us lose height quickly leading us to the encounter of a wide path. A path that we will continue to lose height more smoothly.

We continue on the right

This path leads us to another junction where it is the path on the right that we must follow. As it could not be otherwise once again the vegetation reduces the width of the path to a minimum.

At times it seems like a jungle

Luckily, the trail that it has become is quickly cleared of vegetation allowing us to move forward more comfortably.

It's easier than it looks

A comfort that is nipped in the bud by the river that stands in our way, making us climb the mountainside to continue.

It's time to get back on track

This section of the trail, once it has gained a certain height, continues on without hardly any unevenness, following the course of the nearby river. Soon after, the path that had abandoned us a few meters back emerges again under our feet.

Watch out, it's easy to miss the turnoff

This stretch is usually and as usual quite muddy. After a while, and after following its downward course, we will head towards crossing the river we are following.

The mud continues to accompany us

Once on the other side of the river, an almost perfect path awaits us, along which we will continue to advance in search of the near end of the forest we are walking through.

We passed by some creek

The streams that feed the river come out in our way, luckily we will have footbridges to wade them. There will not be many junctions that we will find and all of them have their corresponding signs.

We wade into another stream

The forest is reluctant to let us go, a forest that we will certainly miss later.

We go straight ahead

For the time being we will not have to deviate from the main path at the different crossroads we pass.

We left the path

It is already out of the forest where, now yes, we will say goodbye to the path to continue on a narrow trail. A trail that once again requires us to make an effort to overcome the unevenness that lies ahead.

Let's go back to gaining height

A stretch awaits us, alternating areas where we will gain height with others that are more comfortable to follow. Here too, we will not find many crossroads.

We continue to ascend

Almost at the end of this small but, at this point, demanding mountain pass, our trail turns into a stony path that will guide us from now on.

Now it's time to go down

We start the descent with our eyes on the Llanada Alavesa that awaits us later. One of the many water rafts that populate this area comes out in our path making us border it in order to continue descending.

We face some entity ramp

A descent that at times becomes quite remarkable. Step by step we are advancing, now without so much slope entering the new landscape that surrounds us.

We follow the path without deviation

Almost without realizing it, we arrive at the meeting point of the route that follows the Greenway of the Basque and Navarre Railway, which we will cross.

We continue on the road

Not much further on, our path comes to an end when it meets the road that connects Vitoria with Estella.

We left the road

Road that we will follow a few meters towards Vitoria, in search of the continuation of our GR 38.

We didn't leave the tarmac track

A seemingly peaceful final stretch awaits us until the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz. A section that crosses in a couple of occasions the roads that accede to Villafranca de Estíbaliz.

We are approaching the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz

The apparent simplicity of this part of the route and the deceptive proximity of the sanctuary suddenly disappear when we come across the steep ramps that precede the end of this stage of the Route of the Wine and of the Fish.

We arrived at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz

Some ramps that take us to the staircase that gives access to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz (6h 45min), where we will be able to finish this stage 3 of the GR 38.

 

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Technical data sheet of the route

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Total distance. 23 Km

 

Total time. 6h 45min

The time we lose in visiting the different corners of the Gorge of the River Ayuda will be what can most mark the time we spend in this stage of the GR 38.

 

Time of year. Attention in rainy periods

The different landscapes through which this stage of the Route of the Wine and of the Fish crosses make that throughout the year we find different attractions that justify more than enough the election of one or another date. It is indeed important to count on the mud and the flow of the streams that we can find in the rainy season.

 

Required equipment. Preferably long pants and boots

Mud and vegetation undoubtedly condition our equipment. It is important if we want to make it more difficult for parasites such as ticks, or not see ourselves with our legs covered by mud. It is also important to take into account the distance to be covered between Okina and Estíbaliz, as it is the longest distance without water points or intermediate places, so water and food cannot be missing. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

 

Slope acumulate. 1265 m   Slope positive. 627 m   Slope negative. 638 m

 

Maximum altitude. 841 m   Minimum altitude. 549 m

 

Difficulty. Moderate

 

Physical

The distance added to the unevenness to overcome should not deceive us as they are important enough that our physical condition and our preparation must be good, otherwise we can get to have difficulties apart from having a bad time without need.

 

Severity of the environment

Initially we should not have any problems, the biggest complications are to be found in the passage through the gorge of the river Ayuda, especially if it has or is raining and in the stretch from Okina to Estíbaliz where the mud, and some sections of steeper trail, will force us to take more precautions. On the other hand, in the areas where we meet the road it is also advisable to take extreme precautions, especially if we are tired.

 

Orientation

Although the route is always signposted, the vegetation and the tangles of some of the junctions can confuse us. We will pass through areas that will make us try harder to find the GR 38 marks and follow the right path. It is true that in some cases even not following the correct route we would find it again, but it is better not to do the test.

 

Important places to pass through

NAME PLACE OF PASS TIME TO HIM ALTITUDE DISTANCE COORDINATES UTM
1-Albaina 0h 00min 603 m 0 Km 30T 529920 4726469
2-Pariza 0h 30min 626 m 2,1 Km 30T 531333 4726845
3-Sáseta 1h 40min 692 m 6 Km 30T 533149 4729688
4-Okina 3h 50min 791 m 11,4 Km 30T 533822 4734512
5-Sanctuary of Our Lady of Estíbaliz 6h 45min 601 m 23 Km 30T 535109 4743927

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

 

Profile of the route

Profile GR 38 Route of the wine and of the fish Section 3 Albaina-Estíbaliz

 

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map GR 38 Route of the wine and of the fish Section 3 Albaina-Estíbaliz

This sketch of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.

Topographical map GR 38 Route of the wine and of the fish Section 3 Albaina-Estíbaliz

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional  "Cuadrante 138-4, 138-2 y 112-4, 25.000"

 

Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems with the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate.

 

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There are numerous ancient routes that run through the County of Treviño, an example of which is the current GR 282 or Grazing Path, the GR 38 or Wine and Fish Route itself, or an ancient Roman road, which has practically disappeared today, which linked the Campezo Valley with the Roman road between Bordeaux and Astorga.

 

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The different corners offered by the Gorge of the River Ayuda, is undoubtedly a part of the stage that deserves to be covered with calm as it is a route itself quite visited by lovers of hiking.

 

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