The province of Teruel has undoubtedly great attractions that encourage us to visit it. Regions such as the Sierra de Albarracín treasure a magnificent cultural and natural heritage. Spectacular landscapes that are traversed by entertaining hiking routes that surprise us with every step we take. One of these routes that we cannot miss is the route of the Hoz ravine in Calomarde, also known as the route of the hanging bridges of Calomarde or of the footbridges.
This route actually links the towns of Calomarde and Frías de Albarracín, so we can start the route wherever it suits us best. It is true that in the case of doing the whole route, the total distance of the route exceeds 16 km. In our case we take Calomarde as the starting point and Fuente del Berro as the return point, making a linear itinerary of just 10 km in total.
To get to Frías de Albarracín we have to follow the A-1704 road either from the neighbouring province of Cuenca or from the Albarracín area, passing through Calomarde. Once there, we have several options: we can park our vehicle in the town and follow the signs on the route we will find, or we can take our vehicle to the El Berro Fountain recreational area. This option saves us from walking approximately 6 km round trip, but prevents us from enjoying the landscape that surrounds this part of the route. In addition, a new section of the route has now been added to this part of the route, allowing us to follow a circular route between El Berro Fountain and Frías de Albarracín.
Calomarde is initially the usual starting point for this hiking route. To reach the town, we will have to follow the same road that leads to Frías de Albarracín. If we arrive from Albarracín we will have to cross the town, as just on the other side, at the beginning of a bend, we will find the path to follow and an area where we can park our vehicle to begin the itinerary.
Just before leaving the village of Calomarde (0h 00min) after crossing it as we come from Albarracín, we find the beginning of this beautiful hiking route in the province of Teruel. Right at the beginning of the path we have to follow we find some signposts that lead us to the river Blanco and the canyon of Los Arcos. The wide path that we are following leads us to a recreational area. Almost without realising it, the path has turned into a trail as we enter the Arcos canyon. Our first stop is none other than the imposing rocky mass of Moricacho. After enjoying this spot, we approach the Drowning Dam dam, where a plaque explains the event that took place here. The ravine of the Blanco River begins to close in on us, and we quickly reach a detour that gives us the option of ascending the path on our right to the upper part of the ravine.
We leave this detour behind us to descend in search of the river and begin the most spectacular section of the Calomarde footbridges route. From now on we will start to walk along the little more than 900 m of footbridges suspended on the vertical walls that surround us. We will cross the river and cross several bridges over it. The La Hoz Ravine route is perfectly equipped with footbridges, stairs that allow us to go up and down the steepest sections and wire ropes for the narrowest areas that we have to cross. Even so, it is important to pay attention and not get distracted , as there are areas with a considerable vertical drop next to us. The climax of this entertaining section of the route is none other than the spectacular Toba Bridge (0h 45min).
We pass under this rock arch thanks to the footbridges that cross it to follow the route of our route through the ravine. Once again we come across some more complex areas, especially for those less accustomed to mountaineering routes. These sections, as we have already mentioned, although they are equipped, are not to be disrespected, so a withdrawal in time is a battle won. We continue crossing the river on several occasions, going up and down the staggered areas of the path and approaching the end of the footbridge sections with each step.
We follow the course of the river, once again leaving this variant behind us. After a while we come across a small detour that takes us to the mill of Las Pisadas from the ruins of an old weaving mill. After the visit we return to our route and walk the few kilometres that separate us from the Fountain of El Berro (1h 30min) and the recreation area where it is located. From there we have the not bad option of following the route to Frías de Albarracín for another 3 km or retracing our steps back to Calomarde.
|1-Calomarde||0h 00min||1315m||0km||30T 620712 4469998|
|2-La Toba Bridge||0h 45min||1340m||2,3Km||30T 619459 4469561|
|3-El Berro Fountain||1h 30min||1375m||5Km||30T 617553 4468805|
|4-Frías de Albarracín||2h 15min||1460m||8Km||30T 617752 4466229|
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 565-4 1:25.000".
¿Did you know that...
A little more than 18 km from Calomarde is the Monument to the source of the River Tajo, although its true source is located a little further up in the heart of the Montes Universales, in a spot known as Garcia's fountain, at an altitude of 1594 metres in the Sierra de Albarracín.
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The Waterfall Batida or Waterfall of the Old Mill can be seen from the viewpoint on the road before reaching Calomarde from Albarracín. You can also go down to it from the viewpoint following the path that goes down to it.
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Route information updated on 22-09-2020. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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