RUTA 1. El molino de Paredes

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

    Simple route, to walk with family or friends. Walking between alleys, under the shade of ash trees and rebollos, the road leads us to the mill recovered from Paredes next to the river of the nava.


    Distance: 3,1 km (IDA)

    Time: 55 min

    Positive slope: 99 m

    Difficulty: 2 / 5

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    The path starts from the church of the Immaculate Conception of Walls of Buitrago, and goes up the first street that goes out to the right of the road, next to the bus stop, along with another local path that heads to the Resters. In the next fork, the two paths are separated, continuing the Mill Road on the left. Pass by the old forge, the smithing colt and the Old Fountain to the sports field. There take the road on the left, that runs between stone walls and fresnedas well exploited by cattle. Cross the Water Front trail and the M-127 road to continue along a dirt road that goes right, towards the River de la Nava or Cooks. The path ends at the Paredes Mill. The turn is done by the same way.

    The first stretch of the path crosses a cross-linked landscape of pastures, ash and stone walls that delimit the different properties. A livestock harvest of these pastures is maintained and it is not uncommon to have to share the path with cattle, because in this stretch the road runs along the waterways Cordel del Carrascal and Descansadero del Salegar del Zapatero.

    The route brings us closer to the archaeological remains of the war front that was established in this area during the Civil War. This front was of great strategic importance as it defended the control of two nearby reservoirs that supplied water to the people of Madrid: the Old Bridges Reservoir and the El Villar Reservoir. You can observe different war infrastructures such as trenches and casamatas.

    Finally the route reaches the wall mill in the river de la Nava or Cocinillas. In it you can see the original machinery and the different structures that made the mill work, including a cacera. It also stands out the vegetation of the riverbank, next to which has been located a small picnic area with a table and some benches.

    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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