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Roman road along the Iregua

Stage 3, Ortigosa de Cameros - Villoslada de Cameros

  • 10.2 km

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.

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Ortigosa de Cameros

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 li ...

Ortigosa de Cameros

Lollano Chapel

Villoslada de Cameros

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.

Villoslada de Cameros

Señalización

  • Purple and white markers

Características

Linear

Natural values

Heavily-wooded mountain area with plenty of Pyrenean oak forest along the path, as well as pine and beech groves on higher ground. This area is part of the land under the Natura 2000 network (Mountain ranges of Demanda, Urbión, Cebollera and Cameros), which comprises both the SPAB (Special Protection Area for Birds) and the SCI (Site of Community Importance) previously designated with the same denomination. Besides, the last stretch of this route is part of the Cebollera Mountain Range Natural Park.

Información turística

ACCOMMODATION
Ortigosa de Cameros
Rural House El Encinar. 941 462 012 / 677 674 207
Rural House Casa Maza. 941 462 331 / 669 694 349
Rural House La Hoz del Enciendo. 941 462 177 / 637 155 245
Hospedería Señorío de la Murada. 941 462 120
Apartments El Frontón. 941 462 092
Villoslada de Cameros
Rural House El Quemao. 941 468 242 / 647 958 241
Rural House Casa del Viejo Ayuntamiento. 629 677 004 / 629 015 159
Rural House La Media Legua. 659 908 306
Hostal Corona. 941 468 005
Hostal Posada Hoyos de Iregua. 941 468 273 / 666 413 481
Camping Site Los Cameros. 941 747 021

RESTAURANTS
Ortigosa de Cameros
Las Grutas. 941 462 034
Villoslada de Cameros
Hostal Corona. 941 468 005
Hostal Posada Hoyos de Iregua. 941 468 273 / 666 413 481
Camping Site Los Cameros. 941 747 021