Stage 2, Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Ezcaray
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This stage coincides with the first stage of another route included in the Footpath Network of La Rioja: the Footpath La Rioja Mountains, that in eleven stages goes from Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Valverde de Cervera at the eastern point of La Rioja where it borders with Zaragoza. To take the green trail from Santo Domingo, start at the centre in direction to Logroño down the N-120 road. Before reaching the roundabout to go to Cirueña (LR-204), take a right to Estación del Ferrocarril street that reminds us that we are on the old tracks. Now there are warehouses, but if you continue 500 m the green trail starts again. After you get back on the trail, you arrive at the road from Gallinero de Rioja (LR-325) where there is an area with benches and fountains. Cross the road and continue several kilometres down a path with wide croplands over the Oja floodplain. In spring and summer, these cereal plantations are the breeding habitat of the Montagu's harrier, a bird of prey that nests on the ground in cereal areas. Cross the LR-413 and you will arrive at a footbridge over the Santurdejo Stream. After a few metres, you will pass some buildings around the old station of Santurde Santurdejo. Cross the road to Santurde (LR-414) and from there you will approach the mountains. Move close to a slope with great vegetation. The path runs on the hillside among Pyrenean oaks and pines on the right. After a few kilometres you will reach a plain with benches. Cross a trail that leads up to San Asensio de los Cantos and cross the bridge over the Ularna Ravine. The green trail leads to Ojacastro by means of an elevated route with views of fields of fruit trees and pine and oak forests. When approaching the old Ojacastro station, the trail avoids the rocky hillsides with stretches through trenches. Leave the centre of Ojacastro behind, at the other side of the river, and continue to walk among fields, poplar groves and Pyrenean oak woods for a few kilometres. This is one of the most beautiful stretches. The path approaches the mountain more and then borders the limestone cliffs of Peña de San Torcuato with some stretches through trenches. Finally the trail ends in a park of the town of Ezcaray from where you can access the Allende Chapel. In it you will also find that the building of the old station has been restored as a hotel. Ezcaray is the start of another marked route included in the Footpath Network of La Rioja: Footpath High Iberian Valleys, that in three stages goes from Villoslada to Cameros.
Old Santurde train station
Old Ojacastro train station
-Location: The town is part of the district of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. It is on a large river plain and to the south and south west the landscape gradually rises towards the foothills of the Yuso Mountains.
-Area: 39.91 km2.
-Height: 638 metres.
-Economy: The main activity is farming, particularly rain-fed crops and potatoes, but there are also some more recent industries: metal, construction, wood, textiles, etc. The tertiary sector is growing and there are many businesses of all kinds including workshops, banks, hotels, businesses, schools and shopping centres, etc.
Ezcaray is a municipality in La Rioja, Spain. It is in the upper Oja Valley in the southeast of the autonomous region. The municipality's population is currently 2098, according to 2010 data from the Spanish national statistics institute. Tourists visiting the area increase the population from around 2,000 out of season to over 15,000 in summer. In addition to tourism, the area's main activity is the wood industry and there are factories producing furniture, chairs, clothes hangers and other wooden items.
-Location: It is part of the district of Santo Domingo. Ezcaray is in the far west of the Demanda Mountains along the upper part of the River Oja. The highest peak in the area is San Lorenzo, which is home to the Valdezcaray ski resort built in 1974. The resort will soon be rebuilt.
-Height: 813 metres.
-Populated areas, neighbourhoods or villages: Altuzarra, Ayabarrena, Azarrulla, Posadas, San Antón, Turza, Urdanta and Zaldierna.
-Economy: Activity here centres on livestock farming, forestry, handcrafted textiles, particularly blankets, furniture production and tourism, which has grown in recent years with hotels and holiday houses opening in Ezcaray and the surrounding villages.
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