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.
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.
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.
|1-Esquiladero||0h 00min||975 m||0 km||30T 519991 4676220|
|2-Pie Largo||1h 00min||1320 m||1,6 Km||30T 520432 4675381|
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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 241-3 1:25.000".
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Many of the names of the places along the Routes through the beech forests denote the different uses or jobs that were carried out there, thus allowing us to get to know this area of La Rioja a little better.
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The magnificent panoramic views that you can enjoy from the Roñas pass, which you will reach via a small detour, well signposted along the route that bears its name.
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This route has been carried out in the field by SENDITUR on 26-11-2021. 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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