RUTA 2. Path of the meadows

    Point of departurePoint of departure:
    Cervera de Buitrago. Church C/

    Beautiful and simple route through the meadows of Jimena to one of the arms of the Atazar reservoir.


    Distance: 2.3 km (IDA)

    Time: 50 min

    Positive slope: 84 m

    Difficulty: 2 / 5

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    The route starts at the corner of Iglesia and Pozas streets, crosses the Plaza de Las Arcas and continues along Pozo street until leaving behind the last houses of the village of Cervera de Buitrago. You reach a crossroads, under a power line, and the path continues straight along the Colada de la Caleriza livestock route, leaving the path of the Genaro and the old road to El Atazar on the left. The road enters by a little whining, listed as Monte Preservado, where there are several signs and news posters. From the last of these posters, referring to the landscape, the route takes a narrow path that goes down to the valdehierro stream that crosses a wooden walkway, downstream of a sediment containment dam. Old fields of work are crossed, today covered by extensive jars, and a watering hole is left behind. Finally you reach the stream of Vallejo del Saz and a second sediment containment dam. The return is made by the same way.

    The landscape is characterized by the presence of a dense thicket of jars and rosemary and, in the wettest areas, Brambles, rose bushes and majuelos with willows, Ash, isolated whining and oaks. It is the result of centuries of agricultural and livestock practices that deforested the territory and whose abandonment has led to the growth of this type of scrub on very poor soils. Another feature of this route is the containment dams built in the Valdehierro and Vallejo del Saz streams, that allow the thickest sediments that arrive dragged by the water to be deposited and not reach the reservoir of El Atazar. You can also see a traditional colmenar built with hollow trots of trees, stone slabs and even metal sheets. Highlights at some points of the tour include views over the El Atazar reservoir.

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