RUTA 1. Camino de los descansaderos

    Point of departurePoint of departure:
    Walls of Buitrago. The church square

    Simple route, to walk with family or friends. allows us to visit old Civil War bunkers, in addition to walking through traditional alleyways lined with dry stone walls.


    Distance: 5,8 km

    Time: 1h 40 min

    Positive slope: 128 m

    Difficulty: 2 / 5

    GPX track

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    The route starts from the church of the Immaculate Conception of Walls of Buitrago and goes up the first street that goes to the right of the road, next to the bus stop, along with another local path that heads to the Paredes Mill. In the next fork, the two paths are separated, continuing the Resting Way on the right, away from the village. The path is marked and has several information posters about vegetation, Fauna, Landscape, front of the civil war and the ways. At the next fork, the route follows the path on the left and crosses some wide areas of grass first and a wooded area after. Then you pass through a livestock sleeve and cross the archaeological site of the Water Front. The path reaches the M-127 road and runs parallel to it during 400 m. Finally the route is separated from the road, left to the right, and turn left down a narrow alley, continuing smoothly until we return to the urban core.

    The route runs through large areas of pastures, exploited by livestock, and that in the vicinity of the village form an interesting cross-linked landscape, where small properties are bounded by stone muretes and live hedges of ash trees, oaks and thorny scrub. The promenade allows you to enjoy wide panoramic views of the summits of the Sierra del Rincón and the eroded plains of the piedemonte. Towards the middle of the route, pastures yield soil to a wooded pasture of melojo oaks and ash trees, classified as Monte Conservado as a natural enclave of interest for its conservation.

    The route reaches the archaeological remains of the war front that was established in this area during the Civil War due to its strategic importance in order to have control over two reservoirs that supplied water to the population of Madrid: the Old Bridges Reservoir and the El Villar Reservoir. You can see different infrastructures such as trenches and casamatas. Back now, the path runs along several livestock routes such as the Cordel del Carrascal, the Shoemaker's Salegar Rester and the Headrest, who give idea of the secular importance that livestock has had in this area.

    Hiking is an activity that carries certain risks if minimum safety guidelines are not followed, it is also a practice that is carried out in the natural environment so we must know some conservation standards that help us to make the least possible impact.

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