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MONTALBÁN – PEÑARROYAS (GR-262 long-distance section)

Technical Data

Schedule: 2 h 10 min
Unevenness (+): 125 m
Unevenness (-): 185 m

Distance: 7,6 km
Type of road: Trail-path
Severity of the medium: 2

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

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Route description

This section of the GR 262 between Montalbán and the district of Peñarroyas stands out for the chromatic variety of its landscape, especially in autumn. In the same town of Montalbán, next to the river, on its left bank, we can start the path in the Paseo de la Garona, which outlines the base of the hill where the castle of Montalbán known as “Las Peñicas” was built and where some constructive remains associated with “dovecote towers” can be seen on the top.

Leaving Montalbán behind, the trail runs to Peñarroyas along the right bank. At first, the trail flattens out along the riverbank and advances down the valley through some poplar trees that flank a path that leads to the Mill, where we take a path that later links up with the El Baño recreational area, ideal for a rest stop next to a fountain and picnic tables. (In this area is located in the link with the PR-TE 99 of the Ancho river and the Muela that we can climb back to Montalbán and link with the massif of the Muela).

The trail follows practically next to the riverbed and soon begins a stretch that ascends halfway up the slope to skirt the vineyard headland. It will descend again to the river that we will reach by linking with a forest trail to go up again, with a little more slope, the cabezo de la Plana, which will offer beautiful panoramic views of the Martín valley to the Peñarroyas neighborhood, characterized by the reddish gap of the reddish rocks that give it its name and that cut transversely the Martín. The path ends near the mill to cross the riverbed and reach the town. A picnic area with barbecue included at the entrance of Peñarroyas could be the end of this stage.

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Respect the Park during your visit

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.

Routes of the Martín River Cultural Park

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