Footpaths in La Rioja
Roman road along the Iregua
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35.4-mile mountain route in 5 stages with one 8.7-mile variant.
35.4-mile mountain route in 5 stages with one 8.7-mile variant.
Exit the village of Viguera through La Barga street, near the church towards the cemetery, and start going up a trail that crosses a road that gives access to gypsum quarries. Do not take any of the paths on the left. Continue ascending until you reach a hill. On the right you can see at all times a unique rocky promontory known as Viguera Castle. Continue on the trail. There is smooth descent until you reach a river bed where there is a trough. Then, cross a fence to continue on a route surrounded by old croplands and descend to a ravine. The environment here is distinctly Mediterranean, with many holm oaks, needle furzes and thyme. The path continues on the hillside controlling the Iregua River Basin until it reaches a deep valley called Barranco Hondo. Once you leave it behind, change your course a few metres to see a natural spring with unique forms. The path runs along an itinerary of small slopes among enormous oaks, beeches and boxwoods. At some points there are natural outcrops from which you can see the national road and the orchards of the Iregua River. The path leads to a forest trail. Continue on it 200 metres to the left, until you reach a hillock called Peña Seto, where you leave the trail and descend down a path until your reach a narrow crossing. Be careful when passing this, as there are rockfalls. Continue descending on the scree foothills at the base of great limestone crags. There is abundance of bird wildlife in the rocks until you pass next to a house called Ribalosbaños, where there is a natural spring that provides for the factory. The house is in the low area near the Iregua River. The path continues near the river, passing next to remains of a stone tower that was a former limekiln. You will pass behind the Peñaclara factory until you reach the bridge of the national road that crosses the Iregua River. The path passes under the bridge and follows the right river bank, leaving the remains of a chapel on the left until you reach Torrecilla and enter the Barruelo district. Once inside this district, cross the beautiful medieval bridge over the Iregua River and access the city centre of Torrecilla, where you can visit the riverside park of the San Lázaro Chapel.
This stage coincides with the last part of a marked route of the Natural Park of the Cebollera Mountains: the Roman Road Footpath, that has the same route between Villoslada and Puerto de Piqueras. Leave the centre of Lumbreras on the forest trail that coincides with the old path to the village of San Andrés and that passes next to some cattle warehouses. You will reach a small stream, after which you will enter the meadow through a gate. Continue down a by-path among oaks, that become bigger and bigger, and cross a pontoon bridge and a wood bridge with stone buttresses over the Cañada Ancha Stream. Afterwards you will start ascending more steeply on a path of flat stone until you reach the Alto de San Andrés. From there, you will exit the meadow through another gate and descend to the village of San Andrés next to a two pipe fountain. Once in San Andrés, from the Ethnographic museum go down the Calzada Real. Leave the church on the right and continue down the street until you reach the connection with the national road. Cross the road and descend a few metres down a route with a metal handrail. Cross the wood bridge over the Piqueras River. The path ascends slightly parallel to the river and crosses the ravines of Revillosa and Amenamen with stone cubes and a bridge. When you reach a wood bridge, cross the Piqueras River again to be on the right riverside. Go up among pines until you reach Venta de Piqueras, after crossing a wood bridge over the river again. From here, go behind the transept that dominates the plain and start ascending among pines and beeches following the wide cattle route. After going up the cattle route, when the forest starts disappearing, you will arrive at Puerto de Piqueras, at a height of 1,768 metres. From here you can see a great view of the mountains of the Iberian System from La Rioja and Soria, and of the Roman path towards Numancia.
In this stage it is important to note that the walk overlaps with stretches of two marked routes included in the Footpath Network of La Rioja: the Footpath La Rioja Mountains, between Ortigosa and Despoblado del Hoyo, and the Connection El Hoyo Villoslada, that links the previous footpath to the Footpath High Iberian Valleys, that is accessed through Villoslada. Exit the town on the entrance road and turn right towards the road to Peñaloscintos. Following the road you will reach a small village that is crossed towards the cemetery street. Continue down the trail and cross the gate on the curve to leave the trail on the right. Border a field and start a slight ascent among Pyrenean oaks at the base of a river bed, until you reach another gate that divides the municipal district of Ortigosa and Villanueva. Next ascend until you reach a clearing with fields and continue in the same direction, now slowly descending, until you reach a trail. After following it about 40 metres to the right, exit the trail on the left to descend among stone walls until you reach the proximities of Despoblado del Hoyo, where you find the connection to the path that comes from Pradillo and Villanueva, described in stretch 2a. Leave the remains of the chapel and descend the path among stone walls until you reach a stream. Cross the wood footbridge over the stream to start a slight ascent until you reach some pastures with great oaks and old semi-collapsed walls. Continue walking next to a wall down a narrow footpath until you reach a trail. Cross the trail and continue next to the wall. You will cross another badly marked trail and you will sight on the left the Chapel of Ollano among great oaks. The path descends to great fields at the bottom of a river bed. Turn slightly to the left and ascend smoothly to a mound. Cross it and descend parallel to a trail (leave the trail on your right) until you reach a stream, that you cross over a wood footbridge. Ascend again among oaks until you cross the fence that divides the municipal districts of Villanueva and Villoslada through a wood gate. You will access a fire lane from which you will get a great view of the Cebollera Mountains. After the fire lane, you will pass next to a milestone. Continue down a by-path on a flat area that slightly ascends until it reaches oaks and pines on a forest trail. Follow this trail until you reach another one that you must continue towards the left. A few metres after, take a path on the right that descends, leaving a fountain on the right, to the centre of Villoslada. You enter the town by bordering the cemetery. In Villoslada there are several connections with other marked routes included in the Footpath Network of La Rioja: Footpath High Iberian Valleys that connects Villoslada with Viniegra de Abajo, and three footpaths of the Natural Park of the Cebollera Mountains: La Dehesa Footpath, La Virgen Footpath and Pajares Footpath.
This stage coincides with parts of two marked routes of the Natural Park of the Cebollera Mountains. The first part of the Roman Road Footpath, that goes from Villoslada to Puerto de Piqueras, and the last part of the Pajares Footpath. Exit the centre of Villoslada down the street that starts in San Roque Chapel. Leave the chapel on the right and take the forest trail uphill until you reach a pronounced curve. Exit the trail on the left to continue down a well-marked paved path that, in certain places, is lined with great rocky outcrops. You will reach the division between the municipal districts of Villoslada and Lumbreras, where you will see a gate that you must cross to continue down a path that descends to the vicinities of the La Nava lake, an interesting humid mountain area that dries up in the summer months. Go along the edge of the La Nava lake in clockwise direction and, after passing it, go up slightly until you arrive at a cattle grid on a forest trail. Cross the grid to descend the trail. A few metres after, exit the trail on a side slope and continue to the right on a route. The route will ascend slightly and then become flat and go through oaks. It will cross a great dry accumulation of big rocks originated in periglacial eras, from where there is a good view of the village Lumbreras. In a smooth descent, you will arrive at the N-111 national road. Cross it and descend between small plantations to the Piqueras River. Cross the bridge over the river. Upstream you can see a river water level control station. After this there is a short but steep climb to Lumbreras city centre.
From where the Admuel River flows into the Iregua River, you can choose the path on the left and cross a small bridge to continue the road towards Pradillo. After crossing the bridge, pass through a gate and enter an oak wood. You will reach the Rioseco Ravine, that is crossed by a pedestrian bridge. Pass through a gate and go up through the town of Pinillos until you reach the hill of La Cañada. After crossing a pasture area, turn right towards the path that goes up into a forest until you reach a rocky area, where you will find a viewpoint with a great view of the Iregua Valley. Cross a gate that gives access to the town of Pradillo. The path becomes narrower to avoid the Peñas Malas area, which is protected with a fence. After you have passed this, the path descends slowly to Pradillo through an oak grove and, at the end, through old croplands. It ends in a magnificent 18th century bridge that crosses the Iregua River and provides the entrance to the village. Once in Pradillo, you can choose to go on the original path between Torrecilla and Montemediano, or continue to the nearby village Villanueva and go on a stretch of the Great Route Footpath La Rioja Mountains which has a Roman road between Ortigosa y Villoslada de Cameros. 2nd alternative: Pradillo Montemediano If you decide to go towards Montemediano, you have to cross the town to its highest part and exit through a metallic gate to the warehouse road. Go up the Las Calenturas Ravine until you reach a bridge. Cross it to reach a forest trail. Take the trail turning right until you reach a trail that goes from Pradillo to Montemediano. Continue on this trail. After a few metres, leave it and walk into an oak wood. After crossing a gate, the path leads to a field that slowly descends to the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Visitación of Montemediano, where it connects to the original path of the 2nd stretch that goes to El Rasillo.
From where the Admuel River flows into the Iregua River, you can choose the path on the left and cross a small bridge to continue the road towards Pradillo. After crossing the bridge, pass through a gate and enter an oak wood. You will reach the Rioseco Ravine, that is crossed by a pedestrian bridge. Pass through a gate and go up through the town of Pinillos until you reach the hill of La Cañada. After crossing a pasture area, turn right towards the path that goes up into a forest until you reach a rocky area, where you will find a viewpoint with a great view of the Iregua Valley. Cross a gate that gives access to the town of Pradillo. The path becomes narrower to avoid the Peñas Malas area, which is protected with a fence. After you have passed this, the path descends slowly to Pradillo through an oak grove and, at the end, through old croplands. It ends in a magnificent 18th century bridge that crosses the Iregua River and provides the entrance to the village. Once in Pradillo, you can choose to go on the original path between Torrecilla and Montemediano, or continue to the nearby village Villanueva and go on a stretch of the Great Route Footpath La Rioja Mountains which has a Roman road between Ortigosa y Villoslada de Cameros. 1st alternative: Pradillo Villanueva El Hoyo Go to the highest part of the village and take the path to the left that runs parallel to the N-111 national road. After crossing a rocky area, the path goes down to some fields and then slightly ascends again until it reaches the centre of Villanueva on the church street. It dominates the road at all times. Descend to the Iregua River and take the local road to Ortigosa. Continue on a forest trail to the left after crossing a bridge. On a pronounced curve, leave the trail and take a footpath on the right that leads up between trees. After crossing the canal path, continue up the ravine until you reach a water inlet hut and take the footpath until you reach the vicinity of the abandoned town El Hoyo. Here it links with the GR that leads to Villoslada on the left and to Ortigosa on the right.
La Vía Romana del Iregua es un camino que, según algunos estudios, utilizaron los romanos para comunicar el puerto fluvial de Vareia (Varea) y la histórica Numancia, acompañando precisamente el curso del río Iregua, unas veces cercana al cauce y otras a media ladera.
En un primer momento se acondicionaron y señalizaron más de 56 kilómetros, entre Viguera y el Puerto de Piqueras, creando un sendero peatonal por el corazón de los Cameros que aúna historia, patrimonio arqueológico, cultural y espacios naturales.
Actualmente, el sendero ofrece tanto para caminantes como ciclistas un recorrido de 77,2 kilómetros ininterrumpidos por todo el valle del Iregua, entre Logroño y el Puerto de Piqueras
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