One of the long-distance hiking routes that crosses La Rioja is the path of the Iberian High Valleys, which has the Monastery of Valvanera as one of its main stops. The link of the Route of Valvanera with the GR 190 allows us to join two of the routes that have the monastery as a reference point. This provides us with a wide variety of signposted itineraries which, as well as linking it with towns such as Anguiano, Ezcaray, Viniegra de Abajo, Matute and Tobía, give us the opportunity, with the monastery as a starting and finishing point, to walk through the spectacular natural surroundings where it is located.
Almost halfway along the Valvanera route, which connects the monastery with the Cervanco pass, we reach the start of the route that joins this route with the GR 190. This is at the Cross of Campastro pass (0h 00min), where we come across the post that marks the start of the route. We leave behind the layout of the Valvanera route to begin the ascent to the Bañadero peak.This first part of the route almost runs parallel to the route we have just left on the way to the monastery, but through the tops of the mountains that mark it. After this first ramp we leave the top of the mountain to our right to begin the descent with our sights set on the next peak we are going to climb.
When we reach the pass we leave a path to our left to begin the demanding ascent ahead of us. The marked path leaves no room for doubt, as we see that after a short break another tough ramp awaits us. Almost without realising it, we reach the summit of Nevera peak with the Tobía river valley to our right and the Valvanera river valley to our left. Ahead of us lies a steep descent that will take us to the Viciercas sheepfold. Once there, we leave the path on our left that descends towards the monastery of Valvanera, to continue straight on in search of our final destination. After overcoming a small hill, we come to the Biezo pass (1h 30min), which we descend to meet the GR 190 route. Once down, we must be careful, as the GR 190 runs along the edge of the pine forest on our left, forcing us to leave the path we came along to go to meet it and end this route.
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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 240-2 y 240-4 1:25.000".
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The GR 190 joins the towns of Ezcaray and Villoslada de Cameros after 3 stages and just over 63 km. In addition, both in Valvanera and in the vicinity of Villoslada de Cameros we have the possibility of linking it with the GR 93, thus being able to make a circular trek of several days starting and finishing in the same place.
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The Holy Fountain you will find in the lower part of the monastery, following a path that starts at the side of the access road, shortly after passing by the monastery's viewpoint. It is said to be the exact spot where the Virgin Mary appeared and that its waters cleanse away any sin.
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This route has been carried out in the field by SENDITUR on 25-11-2021. 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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