On the side of the Jarama
Point of departure:
Port of El Cardoso or La Hiruela
Beautiful itinerary that runs largely along a path next to a very young Jarama River. Recommended in autumn, because of the wide variety of deciduous species that brings great color to the landscape and in summer, being a very cool route.
The route described below, you can start both in the Port of El Cardoso and in the town of La Hiruela. The description we detail is made from the Port, being a less crowded place and having at the intermediate point a population to be able to eat, drink a soda or replenish water. Another important detail is that this is not a route marked in its entirety, because the first leg is not marked, in the middle part appear old marks and from the bridge of the Cardoso, already appears marked as a PR, so we advise you to have a map of the area, and if you don't know how to read a map, make it with a GPS by downloading the track or through the Wikiloc app with your mobile phone
We start at the port of El Cardoso, we are located in the west side of it, and we started walking north, looking for a path that goes inside the pines and that has recently cleared. Descend, we crossed the road and soon after we joined an old track that takes us now to the South. Roads a stretch of the track, until this culminates and gives rise to a path that descends to the same river bank.
From here the trail enters a riverside forest composed of ash trees, willows, Cherry trees, poplars, Alders, hawthorns…to which birch and melojo are added. On the hillside, pines and peaches alternate, to give us shade when the trail moves away from the riverbed to avoid rocky areas and then back by the river. In addition to these areas populated with river vegetation, are alternating areas of meadows that invite us to rest and contemplation. After a few 5 km march we reach the bridge of El Cardoso. Our route continues head-on, to follow the course of the Jarama between riparian vegetation to reach a broad meadow where the ruins of the mill of Juan Bravo, where can we see the great stone embedded in the grass milling. Later we go back to see other infrastructure associated with the watermills, caz or channel that carries water to the mill, and following this we arrived at La Hiruela flour mill and its recreational area.
Front of the mill, crossing a wooden door we incorporate to a path that goes up towards the village, shortly after starting the climb, There is a Variant that leads to a traditional colmenar, made in hollow trunks and slabs of shale or clay as a lid. The road continues to rise under the shade of large trees, that lead to the gardens of fruit trees, before coming back to La Hiruela.
Once in La Hiruela, we're heading to the Church, behind it departs the route from mill to mill, traditional road connecting La Hiruela with El Cardoso de la Sierra, and we took a path populated with huge oak trees, common walnut and wild cherry, until you reach the wooden bridge over the river Jarama. Here we take up the path, now up the river to get back over our footsteps.