Patones - Cancho de la Cabeza Circular

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The walk begins in Patones Abajo, from where we climb steadily the senda ecologica to the lovely village of Patones Arriba, passing many display boards with a good deal of interesting information about the history of water supply from the region, as well as the local flora and fauna. The village has much interest and the CITECO cultural centre has a display tracing the history of the area. There are many pleasant cafes and restaurants - Patones Arriba can be very busy at weekends. From the ancient communal wash-place we make our way generally northerly, following the sometimes-difficult course of the Arroyo de Patones through an amazing variety of flora. Later we emerge into open country near Pe'f1a Escrita, where travellers and shepherds were alleged to have inscribed their names. Next we make the stiff climb to the 1264-metre high point at Cancho de la Cabeza, where we are rewarded with magnificent views, with Madrid visible on clear days. Later we return in a generally southerly direction towards Patones Arriba following tracks and footpaths that can be tricky in places and with some loose scree. On our return to the village and after well-earned refreshment, we return down the same senda ecologica we started up.

Spain - Central Spain - Madrid - Sierra de Guadarrama

Features

Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Museum, Restaurant