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Discovering the traditional paths of Anguiano

 

The mountains surrounding the Riojan town of Anguiano have been crossed since time immemorial by ancient paths and tracks used by the inhabitants of this town. Paths that in many cases have fallen into oblivion over the years. Through the compilation of Routes through beech forests we have sought to recover some of these traditional paths, which in many cases cross natural landscapes of great beauty and visit ancient places linked to the history of the local people. This is the case of this Roñas Variant, which follows the winding route of an old path, now recovered for the enjoyment of nature and hiking lovers.

 

Itinerary of the Roñas Variant

 

From Esquiladero to Pie Largo 1,6 Km

 

In the middle of the track along which the Roñas Route runs, on its way to the pass that gives its name to the route, just after crossing the stream of Fuente Fría, in the place known as Esquiladero (0h 00min), we find the beginning of this variant of Roñas, which avoids the long curve of the track along which the original route continues. We leave this track to start our alternative route and enter the Tornillos beech forest. The difference in altitude is considerable, forcing us to take it easy and enjoy the beautiful beech forest we are walking through. With the Fuente Fría stream always on our left, we cross a small ravine through which another stream flows, feeding the main one. Shortly after crossing it, we will have to leave the path we were ascending, radically changing our orientation.

From now on, a winding trail will be in charge of guiding us on this part of the route.

 

We quickly find ourselves next to the bed of the small stream that we had crossed earlier, trying to follow the path that zigzags along the steep slope hidden under the leaf litter that covers the ground. Fortunately, the route markers along the cobblestones that border the limits of the path help us to follow the correct route. We leave old buildings behind us until we reach the point where we gradually separate from the stream we have crossed. The beech grove gives way to the green meadow of Tornillos, from where we can enjoy magnificent views. Our route continues zigzagging and soon takes us back into the leafy forest. We still have to make an effort to overcome the uneven terrain. Ahead of us there are continuous changes of direction that will take us out of the beech forest with each step, as we ascend the final stretch of this route. After a while and after several more changes of course, our path ends when we reach the spot known as Pie Largo (1h 00min), where we join the track that climbs the original route of the Roñas route.

 

Tips for doing the Roñas Variant

1-The route is beautiful and demanding in almost equal measure, so take it easy so as not to expend more energy than necessary.

2-Given the unevenness of some sections, it is not advisable to tackle it in the opposite direction to that described if the terrain is wet or muddy.

3-Bear in mind that regardless of the direction in which you take this route, you still have quite a distance to cover before you can complete the entire route of the Roñas route.

4-Proper equipment, hiking poles, suitable footwear, water and food are just some of the things you should bring along on this route.

 

 

Waypoints of the route

1-Esquiladero 0h 00min 975 m 0 km 30T 519991 4676220
2-Pie Largo  1h 00min 1320 m 1,6 Km 30T 520432 4675381

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

 

Slope acumulate. 350 m  Slope positive. 345 m  Slope negative. 5 m

 

Maximum altitude. 1320 m   Minimum altitude. 975 m

 

Profile of the Roñas Variant

Profile of the Roñas Variant

 

Cartography and maps

Map of the Roñas Variant

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 of the Roñas Variant

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional  "Cuadrante 241-3 1:25.000".

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