August 19, 2016

Routes

RUTA DE LAS MASÍAS- COUNTRY HOUSES ROUTE

After leaving the access to the country house on the right, you follow straight ahead on the path, this time made of dirt, which begins to ascend towards Tristán. After 2km you pass along the detour on the right which goes down to the nearby Sinainas spring or cave. You continue along the trail for 2,1km more, this trail is parallel to the Agua Amarga gully, to the Tristán trail which leads to Gátova. Then you are on the side of La Jabonera mountain, which is a natural frame of interest to botany and geology where the cork oat dominates. At this crossroad, the trail to the right goes to Gátova. You take the left trail to the Tristán country house, which is about 1,2km away. The path, which gradually makes its ascent, passes by groups of pine trees which are more numerous around the attractive area of the country house, where mountain Mayor dominates. This shady place links attractive routes trough the Natural Park of the Calderona mountains.

 

EL PICO DEL ÁGUILA- EAGEL PEAK

Constitución Avenue is the leaving point of this route: the only route on this flyer that reaches the peak of a mountain. That means that this path represents more difficulties for a cycling route (BTT) with stretches that have a significant floor level difference. You could finally arrive to the prominent peak of the Natural Park of  Calderona Mountains, 878m height, where you will be rewarded with a fantastic view for your previous efforts .

From the roundabout of the Avenue you can go to Gátova. This paved trail crosses the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) and afterwards the A-23 bridge. The route continues ahead to Gátova without any detours. This path, known as “de Valero a la Rodana”, crosses the Vía Verde de Ojos Negros after 2km,  then follows in front of the Mas de Valero (Valero Country House) and goes uphill to the gorgeous Cabrera Valley. After reaching the top of the trail, you will find new crossings, as well as an asphalted trail on your left, known as Senda de Cabrera (Cabrera Led). The trail passes the Cabrera gully bridge a few meters away. After turning left onto a wide path made of dirt (km. 3,4) you will stop seeing it. Once you are walking on it you go past a poultry farm and a path on the left 700m further on. Our trail rises to the Rocha del Tornero hill (km. 4,750). When you surpass it you can perfectly distinguish Eagle Peak in the background. The route which uses the ancient trail which goes from Segorbe to Gátova, divides the Satarra and the Cortapán sites from the aforementioned hill on. After that you will pass a path on the right (Cortapán path) and see a bridge on the lower level of your path which passes the Cerveza gully (km. 5,700m). This route, after going past a bridge, rises along the Butrera from where you canenjoy the beautiful landscape dominated by the Cruz Mountain. On the left of our trail and on a lower level is the Mocha gully. Your trail goes close to it after leaving another gully that rises on the left and crosses the aforementioned gully. This new bully has a handrail to the Hoya Country House (km. 6,9). You go straight ahead. Both bully and path are parallel to each other. After passing the Picaña Spring place, the route lets it direct towards the top of the valley: a natural amphitheatre of olive trees at the Mocha site, where you can also find the country house and the spring known with the same name: La Mocha.

From La Mocha Country House (km. 8,3) you can see the Eagle Peak which is crowned by the forest monitoring observatory. Your path goes straight ahead, rising through the Pichón mountain to the lower level of the top of the mountain, which represents the division between Segorbe and Gátova.

From the hill on you turn to the left, go straight ahead along the path which heads towards Gátova. This trail diverges 20m. from there. The trail to the left, which you do not take, passes along the El Dian site and goes to the Eagle gully towards Hoya Country House. The trail to the right, your route, continues to rise increasingly. You can find a stretch not too steep from which you can appreciate the nearby Eagle Peak. 400m. from here you turn to the right to a narrower path. A boundary stone was placed here to symbolize the beginning of the trail in November of 2003. This new trail goes through the slope of the mountain from where you can see the town of Gátova. The path comes down the hill passing a quarry and connects to other path coming from Gátova (km. 11,350). After 2,6km. you will arrive at the Eagle Peak, after crossing the Portillo hill.

The walkers can make the route shorter by taking the path that begins 200m. after the last crossing. This path goes directly to the Portillo hill and is called GR-10 and PRV-63.9.

 

PEÑAS DE AGUSTINA- AGUSTINA ROCKS

We begin our route from Esperanza Street heading towards Navajas. On the right side, after the buildings, we can find two approaching roads: the first of them terraced and the second located at the bottom of the street. Both of them communicate with a bicycle trail which goes underneath the railway. The second route communicates to the Diputación Provincial Avenue which goes to the Fuente de los 50 Caños (50 Spouts Fountain). The route goes down 100m. to the fountain and turns to the left onto the Agustina trail. It winds through orchards dressed by the colours of the fall. It is on its trail to the Palancia River. On the left we can admire the bright and colourful Agustina Rocks. This lovely group of mountains cordon off the Palancia basin and arrive at the beautiful landscape of the Barchilla. There we can find the source of the Acequia Nueva (New Irrigation Ditch), and the gorgeous narrow mountain pass called Bora de las Peñas.

Following the Agustina Trail we arrive to the right side of the Palancia River which flows among wonderful reedbeds.

There is a bridge which crosses the Palancia river. We can pass it and go to the Bora de las Peñas, Brazal waterfall and the Fountain of Navajas. The Agustina Trail ends close to the bridge (km.2 of the route).

 

RIBERAS DEL PALANCIA- PALANCIA BANKS

We begin our route at the Rialé Trail, leaving on the right the Sopeña Walk.

The path goes down along the edge of the Sopeña hill. We find a crossroad where we turn to the left. This trail passes under the bridge of the railway, turning to the left afterwards. It goes along the Albalat trail, which communicates with Diputación Avenue. That is an access to the adjoining Fuente de los 50 Caños.

From the fountain following the river on its trail up we continue along a wide area full of plane trees and a path on the right side of the river, where we can find a recreational area. Our trail passes over the river along the Ámara bridge. We need to walk 200m more to the other bridge which leads us to the access to the Ribaza and Tornero fountains.

As we continue walking we arrive near the 50 Caños fountain, where we come across the river, turn to the right and go straight ahead along an asphalted road parallel to the Palancia River. There we will find a wide picnic area dressed with black poplars. We arrive at a new crossing where the asphalted road turns left and a path continues parallel to the river. That is our route. We move forward on it to another bridge that crosses the Palancia River. After that we get to another crossing. If we turn to the left we arrive at the Teja fountain. So the route is 300m longer. If we turn to the right we go to the aforementioned bridge which crosses the railway. Then we go along the Rialé trail to the Angel square.

 

ERMITA DE LA ESPERANZA- ESPERANZA’S HERMITAGE

We leave Segorbe by Altura Street. This street cuts through the hill where the Monte San Blas Camping lies. At the bottom of the road we will find a path- the ancient trail that communicates Segorbe and Altura- that passes along a factory for construction materials and after 150m it passes along the old building of the Pinos factory. After passing it we turn to the right along a steep trail known as the Horca trail. Once we are at the top of the slope we continue walking straight ahead. We go past a path on the right- known as Chopo or Albusquet path- and we will see a small wood of pine trees. After it we will find another two paths on the left crossing our route. We continue to the right going along a short trail down, known as Cuencas trail. We arrive at the Esperanza irrigation ditch where the path retches to the right and continues straight to the nearby Cuencas country house. After passing it our trail turns to the left where we can see the industrial area. The route comes out onto the Islas Canarias street. Going along this trail we arrive at the old hightrail. In front of the roundabout we will find a path. We take it and penetrate in an area full of pine trees: La Esperanza. There we will find picnic areas and fountains. The Esperanza’s hermitage reaches the top of the hill: picturesque enclave declared as a Local Natural Reserve (27th January, 2006). From the hermitage we can admire the Esperanza’s spring at the lower level of the hill, which provides the whole area with water.

 

CAMINO PESCADORES-SAN JUAN- FISHERMEN PATH-SANT JUAN

The first 3,2km. towards Vía Verde de Ojos Negros are the same as the first described on the first route. Our route continues along Vía Verde to the right, heading towards Valero country house and the Valero de la Rodana trail crossing. We turn right along the road towards Segorbe. After a few meters we take a path to the left. We walk 900m more to the Sant Juan crossing. The path in front of us goes to Vall de Christ monastery and the town of Altura. The path on the left goes to the San Juan country house after passing the trail Vía Verde. Our route turns to the right. After 1,1km we come out onto a minor road next to the motorway A-23. We walk along it until we reach the bridge that crosses the A-23. We walk along it, take the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) and the Constitución Avenue and we arrive in Segorbe.

 

Country houses route

Distance:                                16km. 800m.

Length on foot:                      3h. 45min.

Length BTT:                          1h. 10min.

Difference in floor level:      346 m.

Difficulty:                              medium

 

 Eagle Peak

Distance:                                14km.

Length on foot:                      3h. 30min.

Length BTT:                          1h. 30min.

Difference in floor level:      484m.

Difficulty:                              medium

Difficulty BTT:                     medium/ high

 

Agustina Rocks

Distance:                                2km.

Length on foot:                      35min.

Length BTT:                          6min.

Difficulty:                              low

 

 Palancia Banks

Distance:                                3km. 200m,

Length on foot:                      50min.

Length BTT:                          14min.

Difficulty:                              low

 

Esperanza’s hermitage

Distance:                                3km. 600m.

Length on foot:                      1h.

Length BTT:                          13min.

Difficulty:                              low

 

Camino Pescadores-San Juan

Distance:                                8km. 400m.

Length on foot:                      2h.

Length BTT:                          30min.

Difficulty:                              low

NOTE: All the lengths are one way, except the routes 4 and 6.