The Cabarrús Canal.
Point of departure:
Torremocha del Jarama. c/ Uceda
Interesting route to know the hydraulic infrastructures carried out at the end of the s. XVIII by the Earl of Cabarrús. It also allows us to visit the town of Torremocha del Jarama and the Villa de Torrelaguna.
Our route runs entirely through the cereal steppes of the Vega del Jarama, in a gently undulating area where we have the feeling of walking among a sea of cereal crops. The different infrastructures belonging to the old Cabarrús Canal are scattered throughout the route, since this channel almost had 13 miles and running, from pontoon de la Oliva to Torrelaguna. It counted along the route with 6 bridges, 3 aqueducts, 8 guard houses, ditches and auxiliary outbuildings such as the House of Crafts.
We start in Torremocha del Jarama, next to St. Peter the Apostle Parish. This Church, of high-medieval origin, is associated with a watchtower of the Jarama River, transformed into the current Bell Tower. The road after leaving the village enters the cereal fields and after flowing into the M-102 road, we continue to poer her until we reach Torrelaguna, whose old town is declared a Historic-Artistic Monument, so you are forced a walk through its streets.
We leave Torrelaguna by the road of the Lower Lomillas that will lead us to almost the bank of the Jarama River. Along the way we cross the Canal de la Parra until we reach the ruins of the hermitage of Santa Maria de la Cabeza.
From the Hermitage, we turn left, down a wide dirt road that will lead us to Torremocha, leaving to our right the course of the Jarama River. All this way, we will be able to observe on the left side the ruins of different Houses of Guards that guarded the Cabarrús Canal. Later, we can see a large house to the right of the road, the House of Trades, Count's residence in the s. 18TH.
Once in Torremocha, we can visit the Museum of Agriculture or buy some locally manufactured products that are made in the artisan polygon of this municipality.