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High Iberian Valleys footpath (GR-190)

Link 1, Ortigosa - Canto Hincado

  • 2 h 34 min
  • 5.59 km

DIRECTION: ORTIGOSA-CANTO HINCADO. Ortigosa de Cameros (00 min) Leave the village from San Martín Church, next to the viaduct. Go up Solano street and then Subida al Castillo street, until you reach the outskirts. At the last houses, take the trail on the left, next to a light post and a handrail, and after a few metres you will reach a trough, from where the trail descends toward the Rioseco Stream and continues parallel to it. After about 20 minutes, exit the trail to the right and cross the stream. Follow the trail until you cross a bridge, ignoring a by-path on the left. Turn left at a rocky slope and take the old path. Path to Brieva (51 min) The path ascends among pastures and then enters a beech grove. Ignore a lane that descends to the right and after 14 minutes you will reach the Rioseco Stream. Rioseco Stream (1 h 05 min) Cross the channel and zigzag up among pine trees. After about 15 minutes you will access a by-path where you will turn right. After a steep stretch, you will reach a flat area with a trough. Trough (1 h 19 min) After the trough, exit the by-path to the left and cross the pastures towards the southwest. Continue up a well-market path among pine trees until you reach a hill with a fence. Collado de Canto Hincado (1 h 34 min) On the hill, a great rock marks the boundary mark between Brieva and Ortigosa. There are great views of both valleys. DIRECTION: CANTO HINCADO-ORTIGOSA. Collado de Canto Hincado (00 min) On the hill, a great rock marks the boundary mark between Brieva and Ortigosa. There are great views of both valleys. Cross the hill on a cattle grid and descend on a path to the left that enters a pine forest. After 10 minutes, you will reach a flat area with pastures. Cross towards a trough until you reach a by-path. Trough (12 min) Follow the steep by-path down and, after about 100 metres, when it traces a curve, leave it and take the route on the left that zigzags down between pine trees. After a steep slope you will reach a stream. There is a beech grove next to it. Rioseco Stream (24 min) Cross the channel and descend next to the right river bank among beeches. The path, when the forest clears up, ends at a forest trail. Forest trail (36 min) Turn right and continue on the trail. Cross a bridge and descend next to the right river bank of the Rioseco Stream. After about 20 minutes, ignore a trail on the left that goes towards the stream. After passing a dunghill, next to the river, the trail ascends to a trough at the outskirts of the village. After the first houses, the streets lead you down to the town centre. Ortigosa de Cameros (1 h 22 min) End of the stage and connection to the main route.


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


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Natural values

Mountain area with a diverse landscape consisting of extensive Scots pine woods, beech groves and mountain holm oak on the slopes close to the Najerilla River; and open land and extensive pastures on the hills and higher ground. This area is included within 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.

Información turística

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

Ortigosa de Cameros
Las Grutas. 941 462 034