Bajo de Piron Circular

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Since this hike starts and finishes less than twenty kilometres from Segovia, it would combine well with time spent in that famous and fascinating city, noted for its Roman aqueduct. At the foot of Sierra de Guadarrama, the hike begins by following the course of the Piron River, maintaining a height of about fifty metres above it in close wooded country. Later we emerge from the narrow gorge and descend through oakwoods to the now wide river valley. We next follow the river to its junction with the River Viejo. At this point we are able to visit the ancient hermitage of Santiaquito built into the cliffs and the cave of La Vaquera, which gives access to a vast underground labyrinth of tunnels and caves (not tested by us!!!) At this river junction it is possible to continue NW, still following the river to pass an abandoned house and reach the tiny hamlet of Penasrubias, returning the same way. This is not part of this description and would add 5km to the route. From the river junction this hike turns NE initially to follow the course of the River Viejo, through wonderfully grand countryside with varied flora and fauna. Eventually reaching a quiet country road, the hike follows it south back to the start, passing the little village of Losana de Piron.

Access Information: from Madrid take the AP6 Motorway NW and at Junction 62 follow the AP61 to Segovia. Join the ring road SG20 and follow signs for Torrecaballeros. In Torrecaballeros fork left onto the SG-P 2222 and follow north through Brieva and Adrada de Piron. Less than two kilometres from Adrada the road loops sharply left and right and descends to cross the old bridge over the Piron. You will see the 10km distance post by the road. Park safely at this point; there is a small area off-road on the left just over the bridge by the crash barrier. You are close to the village of Losa de Piron.

Spain - North West Spain - Castilla y León - Sierra de Guadarrama

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, River, Wildlife