The National Center for Environmental Education (CENEAM), of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, located in Valsaín (Segovia), in the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, begins its Guided Tours Program on Monday with an offer of 24 walks, with a total of 12 different routes, that will take place until the end of August, with appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the landscape, nature, history and popular culture as the common thread of these outdoor activities , free and aimed at all audiences.
It also includes six activities of the Didactic Excursions Program, which were postponed due to the state of alarm, and which will take place on Sunday morning, with a selection of those that best adapted to the new situation derived from the pandemic in order to guarantee the safety of the participants.
The sub-delegate of the Government in Segovia, Lirio Martín, encouraged citizens to participate in this extensive program, with which they will be able to enjoy the enormous landscape, natural, historical and cultural heritage of the Sierra de Guadarrama. To participate in any of the walks and excursions it is necessary to reserve a place in advance, until 14.00:XNUMX p.m. on the day before each one, in the case of Sunday excursions it will be until the previous Friday.
Measures to prevent contagion
The organization will guarantee the necessary security measures by applying the health regulations established at all times. For their part, the participants must be provided with: mask, which will be compulsory for those times when due to the characteristics of the terrain or the needs of the activity itself, it is not possible to maintain a distance of 2 meters between people; Disinfectant spray or gel bottle, for individual use and small in size and a plastic bag to discard masks and other non-reusable protection elements that will be deposited in the corresponding containers at the end of the tour.
They also explained that the presence of dogs is allowed following a series of rules such as prior consultation and availability of the group, provided that there are no health incompatibilities or phobias among the rest of the participants; the animals must be up-to-date with regard to the administrative and sanitary requirements established by current legislation; owners 'commitment to abandon the activity if the animal causes discomfort to the group or diverts the participants' attention during explanations.
As for the general recommendations, it is advisable to equip yourself with field shoes, suitable clothing, a hat and sunscreen, in addition to bringing water or other hydrating drinks and some food.
The offer begins this Monday, at 10.00 am, with 'A walk in the woods', which will be repeated on August 28, to observe various natural aspects and some traditional uses of Mount Valsaín.
On Wednesday the 8th, also at 10.00:6 am, the walk 'The legend of the Monk's Cave', touring the landscapes where the events of one of the best-known legends of Valsaín took place, with a length of almost 3 kilometers. This appointment can also be booked for Monday, August XNUMX.
For Friday, July 10, the proposal 'Soldiers in the summits', which will have another second appointment on August 10. A walk to interpret the remains of buildings from the Civil War that are preserved on the summits of the Dos Hermanas and Peña Citores area, with the aim of showing the great impact that this event had on the landscape of the Sierra, an enclave that It has had great strategic value throughout history.
The first week ends on Sunday, July 12, with 'Walking with a dog through nature', with the dog educator Estefanía Ibáñez. The next day, the walk 'La Silla del Rey', to the top of the hill known as 'El Moño de la Tía Andrea' where the famous 'Silla del Rey' is located, a granite throne with an 1848 inscription alluding to Don Francisco de Asís de Borbón consort of Isabel II. A proposal that will return on August 26.
On Wednesday July 15, 'The landscapes of water', touring the banks of the Eresma river where you can see bridges, dams, ditches and a section of the historic road known as the Royal Fisheries, which Carlos III ordered to build to practice the fishing. Those interested have another date available, August 5.
For Friday, July 17, the walk "El cerro del Puerco", which is a small hill attached to the Navalhorno meadow, which is a magnificent watchtower over the Valsaín valley. On the walk you will be able to contemplate the beautiful landscape of the valley, in all directions, and a set of defensive buildings from the Civil War. It will be repeated on August 7.
On Sunday, July 19 and August 19, the walk is titled 'The sounds of the forest', with a tour of the soundscapes of Mount Valsaín that serve as a tracking tool. For Monday 20, 'War Landscapes', with an itinerary that shows how the constructions of the Spanish Civil War were in the Sierra de Guadarrama and in the Montes de Valsaín, which will have a second pass on August 17.
For Wednesday July 22, 'A walk through the cacera', which fed the deposit of the Real Aserrío de Valsaín. This 12th century sawmill operated with steam machinery, so it depended on the water supply. The next date will be August 24. Under the title 'Praderas y navas' on Friday the 26th, to interpret the landscape from La Pradera de Navalhorno to the prairie of Navalpinganillo, inside the valley of the River Eresma. On Sunday XNUMX, the walk 'Archeology of water'.
The last week of July, three new appointments, for Monday 27 'El cerro de Matabueyes', Wednesday 29, 'La Fuente del Infante' and Friday 31, 'The garden and the forest', which like the rest will have a Repeat in August, on August 21, 24 and 14, respectively.