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    Ruta embalse de El Villar

    Point of departurePoint of departure:
    Mangiron. Plaza de la Constitución

    Simple route, although some steep slope will have to be drawn. The route runs through a pasture of holm oaks, accompanied by retamas and jars. A nice itinerary to enjoy the views of the Sierra del Rincón and the reservoir of El Villar.

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    Distance: 5,4 km

    Time: 1h 35 min

    Positive slope: 145 m

    Difficulty: 2 / 5



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    Description

    The route begins in mangirón's Constitution Square, heading to North Street, turn right and pass next to the Old Fountain, well that neighbors used for water supply until in the year 1932 the fountain of the square was built. The route crosses the Mangirón creek by a bridge and continues along a dirt road signposted as a pecuary route. On the right is a granite rock formation called Peña el Tormo very popular with the people of the village. Along the following kilometers there are several junctions and forks. In the top four, the path continues on the path on the right; in the next two forks, follow the left and the next one on the right. The route goes down to the shore of the reservoir and the return begins by climbing up a steep hillside. Once up, at the first crossing, the route continues on the right and on the next one on the left. The path continues to the mangirón stream and the sewage treatment plant and enters the urban core where its journey ends.

    The route runs between holm oaks, some listed as Preserved Mountains, where the holm oak is the predominant tree species accompanied in some areas of melojo oak and ash. The undergrowth is made up of jars, San Blas, junipers and aromatic plants. Characteristic of this area is the so-called Mangirón stone traditionally used in all types of constructions. It is a type of metamorphic rock called gneis that was formed 500 millions of years.

    Along the way, the path coincides in several sections with two livestock roads: Colada de Peñas Varaeras or Tormo, about half a mile as soon as you leave town, and Cañada Real del Vado de Paredes during others 900 m.

    The route overlooks the el Villar reservoir, built in the 19th century on the Lozoya River, and that to this day it continues to supply Madrid. Highlights include the beautiful views of the water sheet, rodeada por la vegetación arbórea que cubre las laderas.

    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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