La Ruta de Donde Nace
This route is one that the whole family can enjoy. It is very enjoyable on its own but can also form an extension to many other walks in the area. Part of the walk can be used to link longer walks with the town of Montánchez for café and bar breaks.
The route follows an ancient granite-paved track around the top part of the mountain. The first half goes through extensive chestnut woods. These are very pretty in Spring, shady in Summer, colourful in Autumn and quiet in Winter. There are spectacular views towards Arroyomolinos, where the Walk of the Mill Valley starts. The second half of the route goes through agricultural land and passes the highest point of the sierra where the radio masts are located. The walk returns through another part of the chestnut woods with views of Montánchez castle. The route is sign-posted in blue at various points.
Time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Distance: 8 kilometres
Elevation: lowest 747m, highest 901m
Difficulty: low for regular walkers
Route: circular — map by Google
Park near the hotel, Fuente del Solar, at the top of the town by the route information board and begin the walk.
1. N 39º 13’ 15.0” W 06º 08’ 47.0”
The route, painted blue, is the Ruta de Donde Nace. There is another walk that starts from here but it only goes as far as the chestnut wood.
2. N 39º 12’ 59.4” W 06º 08’ 43.9”
Follow the directions on the blue signs. Pass farming land and many vineyards and soon enter the chestnut wood (photo 1). The mountain views can be seen through the trees. As the path comes out from the woods, the terrific view is on the right, towards the south-west.
3. N 39º 12’ 29.6” w 06º 08’ 33.8”
Continue along the granite-paved path stopping to admire the view. Cross two places where, in rainy years, water flows down the side of the sierra and across the path. This water is part of the mill system as seen in the walk of the mill valley.
4. N 39º 12’ 15.2” W 06º 08’ 16.8”
The views changes on going around the sierra (photo 2). The path ascends.
5. N 39º 12’ 16.9” W 06º 07’ 41.7
Pass many flowering bushes, trees, stone walls and gently climb higher. Look back to see the lakes at the village of Casas de Don Antonio in the distance. After walking past the view on the right of the unsightly radio masts turn sharply left at the blue signpost.
6. N 39º 12’ 54.5” W 06º 07’ 50.4”
Walk along a path with stone walls on one side. This is an area of farming; vineyards and meadows. The path turns into the granite-paved track again. It turns sharply right but as it is a single track there was no confusion about where to go. Follow the blue sign-posts. Continue the walk to enter the chestnut woods again.
7. N 39º 12’ 57.5” W 06º 08’ 21.9”
Walk through the chestnut woods to come out into gentle farming land and a view of Montánchez castle perched on its rocky outcrop on the other side of the town (photo 3).
8. N 39º 13’ 02.0” W 06º 08’ 34.5”
Complete the walk and stop to explore Montánchez. Stay long enough to enjoy a jamon bocadillo in the town’s attractive square.
Photos: March and May