Stage 3, Ortigosa de Cameros - Villoslada de Cameros
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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.
Villoslada de Cameros is a municipality in the autonomous region of La Rioja. It is 50 km from the region's capital city and stands at 1,072 metres. The municipality covers 94.56 km² and has a population of 362.
-Location: It is part of the district of Torrecilla en Cameros. It is in the far south of the Demanda Mountains, upstream of the River Iregua.
-Area: 94.5 km2.
-Height: 1,072 metres.
-Economy: The municipality's economy centres on livestock farming and forestry.
The area was settled in prehistoric times. It's name is mentioned in Fernán González's oath. The town was linked to the Manriques until 1450, then to the dukes of Nájera. In 1781 it became a free town, coinciding with the extraordinary boom in Ortigosa and the growth of the Mesta, which was an association of sheep herders, and the bread making industry. During the 19th and 20th centuries, there were great losses due to emigration. Those Spaniards that had emigrated and made a success of their lives never forget their origins and sent money back to the village. In 1932 Alcalá Zamora, president of the Republic, and Indalecio Prieto were present at the placing of the first stone in the reservoir.
-Surrounding area: The village of Peñaloscintos. It is surrounded by forests and mountains and through the pines and oaks you can see the Robledillo meadow and the animal sheds at La Cerradilla. There is a beautiful walk under the beech trees. El collado Canto Hincado lies in the division between the Najerilla and Iregua Rivers. You can do a number of water sports on the González Lacasa Reservoir. The Ortigosa Caves.
-Location: It is part of the district of Torrecilla en Cameros. It lies in the valley crossed by the Rioseco and Arroyo Huertos Rivers, which feed into the González Lacasa Reservoir, very close to Ortigosa.
-Area: 35.3 km2.
-Height: 1,070 m.
-Populated areas, neighbourhoods or villages: Peñaloscintos.
-Economy: The main activity here is livestock farming.
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