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Valdoria-Cueva Negra Ravine (Small Route PR-TE 119)

Technical Data

Schedule: 3 h 25 min
Unevenness (+): 400 m
Unevenness (-): 400 m

Distance: 12,8 km
Type of road: Trail-path
Severity of the medium: 1

Orientation in the itinerary: 2
Difficulty: 2
Necessary effort: 3

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Route description

This route offers multiple variants. We can make a crossing(Barranco de Valdoria-Cueva Negra) making approaches by vehicle on roads or tracks in good condition to the points indicated as “P” (parking) on the map. We can also consider two hiking loopsone of them for the most daring ones, climbing up to the dams of the Valdoria Ravine and through a via ferrata from the beginning of the 20th century to the La Silleta viewpointor make a circular route, arriving at the dams and then returning by the Rincón del Gorgo avoiding the via ferrata.

You can start the route in the Valdoria ravine, whose access is from the road from Albalate to Andorra (A-223). A well-compacted road leads to the beginning of the trail.

The trail enters the bed of the ravine between walls of conglomerates, to some old water tanks from where we will return to the starting point -if we do not plan to make the ascent by the via ferrata-, by the Rincón del Gordo, forming a hiking loop. It is a corner of singular beauty, where stalagmitic lava flows stand out and where the path penetrates through a narrow subway passage under a series of individualized conglomerate blocks, like mallos, which were separated from the slope by the widening of a series of fractures parallel to the ravine.

If we continue on the path from the tanks, we will reach a pool of water that we must overcome crouching down the rocky slope on the right (left bank of the ravine) to access a staircase that helps us to gain the slope that the waters of the ravine have drilled in the channel, to the storage dams of the ravine waters, boxed by the cuts. In this area a via ferrata from the beginning of the last century will facilitate the ascent. It is advisable to use a safety harness, carabiner and elements to hold on to the via ferrata, since the precipice is considerable. Once at the top of the hill, a small detour of about 15 minutes takes us closer to the Orchard CaveIt is also accessed by an iron staircase, where there is a spring that guarantees water to the dams and reservoirs that once supplied water to the town of Albalate del Arzobispo.

We will reach the Silleta viewpoint, from where, on clear days, we can see the Pyrenees. Then we descend the slope of the sierra taking advantage of the zigzagging path to overcome the slope. You will soon come to a trail junction from where you can return to the parking point at the Valdoria Ravine or continue in the opposite direction towards Black Cave and to a small esplanade where it would have been convenient to have left the other vehicle that will avoid walking the way back, since it is possible to access this parking lot from the Ariño-Albalate road (A-1401).

A trail leads from this parking lot to the Cueva Negra ( approximately 8 minutes one way). It is also possible to continue along the slopes of the pine forest to link with the GR 262 from where you can see the Sanctuary of the Virgen de Arcos and finish at the Puente del Batán.

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Recommendations and standards

Through any of the marked routes in the Park you will be able to enter places of great ecological and scenic value, but also, this territory treasures an important set of cave paintings protected by law and declared a World Heritage Site.

Remember that we all have the right to enjoy the environment and also the duty to preserve it.

The shelters with cave paintings and some archaeological sites have protective fences. Authorized guides are required for the visit. Contact telephone numbers are available at the Town Halls, Tourist Offices and Interpretation Centers in the different towns that make up the Cultural Park.

Helps in the conservation of cave paintings. Do not touch them or pour water on them and respect the protective fences. Remember that they are a unique, but very fragile legacy, and we must preserve them if we want to continue enjoying them in the same environment in which they were painted thousands of years ago.

Archaeological and/or paleontological prospecting and excavation without the appropriate permits is strictly prohibited, according to Law 3/1999 of Aragonese Cultural Heritage. It collaborates in the preservation of the rich historical, cultural and ethnographic heritage of the Park.

Keep the environment clean. Do not litter or throw garbage.

Remember that it is forbidden to light fires, as well as to throw cigarette butts, glass and other objects that could cause a fire.

Respect nature. Do not uproot plants, do not foul the waters and do not capture or disturb animals and birds. Many of them have their nesting areas in these places.

If you are going to walk any of the hiking trails, wear comfortable sports shoes (sneakers or boots). Although the itineraries are very accessible, with proper footwear you will walk more safely, avoiding falls and sprains.

Keep in mind that you are moving in a natural area and, although the routes are prepared, do not forget to take some precautions. Do not leave the marked itinerary and be careful when passing through rocky and watery areas, especially if you are with children.

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