The canyons and rocks that act as a natural border between the southern mountains of La Rioja and the fertile and wide valley of the north, are also an unbeatable natural space that favours large beech forests, an ideal habitat where different animal species find their home, while at the same time it hides in its entrails great natural treasures that have seen the evolution of these lands and their people over the years, such as the Chestnut tree of La Nisia.
The Path of the Chestnut Tree of La Nisia, with barely 2.8 km, is a pleasant trekking route for families, which from Anguiano, for example, will bring us closer to this unique tree of La Rioja that has been around for more than 400 years. The route allows us to calmly enjoy the environment that surrounds it, wild and vertical canyons saved by real works of engineering that resist the passage of time, such as the Bridge of Mother of God. This bridge leads to the Cave Neighborhood, where we will leave the town by climbing the Ravine of The Fountains, where this ancient tree is hidden. Above our heads, vertical rocks mark the path of the river Najerilla as it flows towards the great river Ebro.
The Sierra of La Demanda, with its rounded peaks, begins to impose its silhouette as soon as we leave behind this imposing gorge in which Anguiano sits. We cannot resist looking back to contemplate the panorama we have just left while we travel the short distance that separates Anguiano from the Chestnut tree of La Nisia. The singularity of this lord of the forest lies not only in its age, to which we must add its size, but also in the species to which it belongs, Castanea Sativa, very rare in La Rioja. On our way back, Anguiano will be waiting for us again, where we will be able to enjoy its famous gastronomy, as well as its world-famous traditions.
The municipality of Anguiano is reached by following the LR-113 that links Nájera with the Burgos town of Salas de los Infantes. This same road, in Nájera, connects with the A-12, Autovía del Camino and with the N-120, between Burgos and Logroño. There is also an extensive schedule of intercity buses that connect Anguiano with both Nájera and Logroño. Once there, on the road that crosses the town, at the exit of Anguiano towards Monasterio de Valvanera, we will find a parking area where we can leave our vehicle.
The Path of the Chestnut tree of the Nisia, an ideal route to make hiking in family with which to good liking the children, we began it next to the informative panels of the Routes between Beeches that we have located in the parking that is in the highway that crosses Anguiano (0h 00min), just to the exit of the locality, as we went towards the Monastery of Valvanera.
At the foot of the vertical rock that crosses the road we find the beginning of the street we must follow.
This street, through which we will later return, leads us directly to the crossing of the Mother of God Bridge. As soon as we cross it, we will leave on our right the path by which the GR 93 and the Route of Three Villas arrive at Anguiano, both coming from Matute.
We continue without deviating, for now, leaving another street on our left to ascend towards the church of the Caves Neighborhood that we are visiting.
In this itinerary, in which we constantly follow the main street, we will also be accompanied by the Route of Rocks and the Route of Three Villas, which follow this same route, one on arrival at Anguiano and the other in the direction of Tobía.
After a while, when our street narrows and begins to gain height notably, we will say goodbye to the Route of Three Villas that continues on our left while we undertake the ascent ahead of us. From the surroundings of Chestnut Tree of La Nisia we will have the opportunity to link with this route that we have just left and return to Anguiano following its route.
Accompanied now only by the Route of Rocks, we walk the last meters of the street that guided us in this part of the tour and that leaves us at the beginning of the footpath that we must follow.
We left Anguiano behind to, almost at once, find a wooden door that we must go through.
We continue with the ascent following the perfectly defined trail, embedded between the slope of the mountain and a wire fence that delimits it.
After taking the necessary time to ascend calmly and enjoy the landscape around us, we reach the detour where we will say goodbye to the Route of Rocks that accompanied us until here.
We now begin a short descent that takes us to a small stream, which we must cross.
After saving the stream without major complications, we began a short ascent that leads us directly to the junction with the trail that gives us the opportunity to do so when we return by the Route of Three Villas, as this trail joins both routes.
We leave this path behind and head for the Chestnut tree of the Nisia (0h 25min) which we reach next.
From here, once we have enjoyed this natural treasure, we will return following our steps to Anguiano (0h 40min) or by extending the route in search of the Route of Three Villas, and when we find it, we will go down to the bank of the Najerilla River and return to Anguiano following its course.
The starting point of the route will mark the distance of the route.
The slope to be overcome should not extend the time we have to spend on this route much further. If we decide to lengthen the route by returning along the Route of Three Villas, it means increasing the time we spend by about 35 minutes.
Except in bad weather conditions, snow or ice, which increase the difficulty and discourage going out to the mountain, all year round the Chestnut Tree of La Nisia and its surroundings will provide us with magnificent snapshots. Of course, autumn and spring are the most colourful periods when we can enjoy nature even more.
The photo camera along with lunch, water and the essentials when we go out to the natural environment is how much we should carry in our backpack. Sports shoes and clothing such as sneakers and hiking clothes, a walking stick or two to help us in the ascent and as always protect us from the sun, especially if it is summer, is how much we will need in normal conditions obviously. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.
Short distance route where the unevenness is the biggest condition we will find, although with enough calm it should not be a big problem. Although it is a short route, water and some food cannot be missing, especially in summer.
Severity of the environment
Except for crossing the stream, where some stones make it easier for us to wade through it with relative ease, and as long as we respect the signposted path without leaving it, we will not find any areas to highlight, beyond the logical precaution that we should always contemplate. That is, as long as the conditions are not bad weather, rain, snow or ice. If we lengthen the route by the variant that leads to the Route of Three Villas we will travel a footpath in the middle of the slope at times somewhat decomposed, which together with the descent to the river, requires more calm to avoid slips or tripping. Even so we must not forget that we are in a changing environment which we do not control.
Marked at all times, we have our own brands of the Routes between Beech Forest, white and orange, which will be combined with the brands of the Path of the Chestnut tree of La Nisia, white and white. The biggest problem we can have is the great amount of different routes and variations that we are going to find or that we can choose to follow, so we will have to know which is the route that we are going to follow to avoid confusions.
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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 241-1, 1:25.000"
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The caves surrounding Anguiano are famous for the legends and hermits who, according to the ancient chronicles, inhabited them. From Nuño Cave, to Mori Cave, to Colomba Cave, they are part of the history, the legend and the traditions of Anguiano and its people, being even related to the nearby Monastery of Valvanera.
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The imposing Bridge of Mother of God, through which the route passes both at the beginning and at the return. Its height and location make it one of the symbols of Anguiano, and you can have the opportunity to contemplate it from the riverbank to where you will be able to go down, with the directions of a villager.
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This route has been carried out in the field by SENDITUR on 20-04-2016. 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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