The Monastery of Valvanera, surrounded by the mountains of the Mountain Range of La Demanda, has been visited by numerous pilgrims and pilgrims since time immemorial along the traditional paths that connected this temple with the nearby villages. Today these paths have been converted into beautiful hiking routes, which allow us to discover and enjoy not only the monastery, but also its surroundings. These routes can be combined with each other, for example, thanks to the link between the GR 93 and the Valvanera Route. Paths that reach the Monastery of Valvanera, one coming from Anguiano and the other from the villages of Matute and Tobía.
In the middle of the GR 93, just before it starts the final descent towards the Monastery of Valvanera, in a clearing in the forest that it runs through, where it is situated on the Cándalo hill (0h 00min), begins this link with the Route of Valvanera. The signpost with the corresponding indications leads us to our objective. We start to climb up the shoulder of the mountain, surrounded by vegetation as we follow the signs that allow us to avoid the chaos of stones and vegetation that we are crossing. This entertaining section of the route quickly gives way to a much more open area. In front of us we can already see the hill we have to climb.
Once we have passed this stretch, both the vegetation and the slope give us a break. We continue without changing course towards the rocks that mark the summit of La Mesa. We pass the rocks and the summit and head towards the next section of our route. After a short walk along this wide peak with beautiful views, we begin the final descent that will take us to our objective. The route markers lead us along the shoulder of the mountain to the La Mesa pass (0h 45min) where the signpost awaits us to warn us that we have reached the route that follows the Route of Valvanera, along which we will continue either towards Valvanera or towards the Cervanco pass.
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|2-Pass of La Mesa
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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.
This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 240-4 y 241-3 1:25.000".
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The section of the GR 93 that links Anguiano with the Monastery of Valvanera is a branch of the GR 93 itself that was created relatively recently to recover and conserve this traditional route that was used in ancient times to reach Valvanera.
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The area with tables and benches next to the river Valvanera. It is a pleasant natural spot that you will find not far from the monastery, going down the path that continues after crossing the monastery complex.
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This route has been carried out in the field by SENDITUR on 24-11-2021. 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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