Ronda to Benaojan

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This route can be done in its own right as a one-way walk, returning by train to Ronda, or combined with Walkingworld route 3436 as a superb circular walk. The route starts at the southern end of Ronda at the Barriada San Francisco, just outside the town walls. After a short walk along the road towards the El Sur campsite you head off into the country along well-made farm tracks. After crossing a couple of valleys the route descends to the Rio Guadiaro, passing close to the Cueva del Gato (to which a detour can be made). The walk ends at the small hamlet of Estación de Benaoján – Montejaque where you can take the train back to Ronda, perhaps after a well-earned rest and / or lunch at the Molino del Santo Hotel. If you decide to walk back to Ronda, don't spend too long over lunch, as you want to arrive below the Tajo de Ronda in the late afternoon for the best photo opportunity.

Spain - Southern Spain - Malaga - Serrania de Ronda

Features

Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Public Transport, Restaurant
31/12/2013 - Sharon Rainton

We (oldies 60-70) did this walk on December 11, 2013 (just under 3 hours), thoroughly enjoyed it, had a drink at the bar before catching the train back to Ronda where we had an hour sightseeing on our way back to the car. I have to admit that we like walking so we have a SatMap GPS (as suggested by Keith below) and I like maps & computers so the walk had been checked on Google Earth, an amazing free program. The full route is available as a GPX file if anyone needs it. Alan Rainton

12/10/2013 - Keith LEES

Completed this walk in September 2013. Between waypoints 7 and 9 there is an obvious track to follow that is not the route as described. At waypoint 7, signs prohibit entry to the farmland and the only option is the obvious track downhill. One locked gate was encountered at waypoint9 but there is a pedestrian access on the left of the gate. Strongly suggest downloading the GPS points to save confusion. An enjoyable walk, using rural roads and farm tracks.

18/05/2012 - Nigel Freeman

Completed this walk on 7th May - walked from Ronda train station through town. At Waymark 2 the Y Junction has new markers. The left hand lane is signed : TAJO DEL ABANICO 3,800 metres SLA - 40. The first part of the walk down to 3 is either metalled road or concrete. At 3 the rather confusing signs are now showing a blue arrow with white and green stripes beneath. Think this points to the Tajo del Abanico walk. The last part getting down to Benaojan station was confusing. We followed the clearly fenced livestock track all the way down then at the ruined farmhouse on the left there is a gate that opens onto a threshing circle. Went through the gate and walked down crossing the stream nearer the bottom of the slope, then followed the path coming out between the road bridge and the river crossing bridge.

24/02/2011 - William Peter Willetts

We did this walk on the 23rd February 2011 and although somewhat strenuous for our group due to a great amount of the tracks were still streams, we thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular views. Well worth the effort. Just a navigation comment, at points 8 & 9 there are supposed to be gates to go through but these are now fences to climb over with sheep in the fields. We could not find any suitable alternative. Best regards Pete Willetts