In the footsteps of the Archpriest

In the footsteps of the Archpriest

Approximate length: 11 kilometers.
Duration: 4 hours.
Slope: Maximum height: 1.4980m. Minimum height: 1.200m.
Character: Hiking. Road suitable for mountain biking.
Places of interest: Puerto de la Tablada or Balar Humayd of the Arabs, Peña del Arcipreste de Hita (Natural Monument).
Botanical notes: Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)


Two trains, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, make their stop at the station stop of the Tablada, an old sale on one of the busiest roads in the sierra in medieval times.

Our itinerary starts here, at the Tablada station, going up a paved road that connects it with the N-VI. A hundred meters before reaching this one, on the right hand, a line of cattle climbs, which we access after crossing a metal porthole. Our path climbs the rope through a forest track from Cercedilla to connect with some sharp tracks that lead us to the port of Tablada.

A few 200 meters above this and located on the same rope is the Peña del Arcipreste de Hita, declared in 1930 Natural Monument of National Interest on the initiative of the RSA Peñalara and the Academy of the Language. Under the impressive rock and taking advantage of a hollow, a wooden chest keeps, with luck, a copy of the Book of Good Love, and a string of handwritten notes by those who, like Juan Ruiz, have decided to follow in their footsteps and share their experiences with us. restlessness, sensations and feelings, as the archpriest did several centuries ago.

From here we enter the splendid forest mass of wild pine of the Moros River Gorge, first descending gently on a path marked at times with mountainous landmarks and in a northwest direction. In 1 kilometer approximately our path leads to a forest track that, leaving behind a cattle farm first and a small quarry later, will lead us to another metal gate. At this point a white and red mark will point us to the GR-88 long-distance path that we will follow to the left of the forest track that we were bringing. We descend to the Panera recreational area where we can take advantage of a well deserved rest or in the best of cases, and if we have opted to make the excursion in the summer months, give us a dip in its natural pools of ice cream waters.

In a few 3 kilometers plus a paved road will take us from here to El Espinar Station.

Where: We propose as a means of transportation to carry out this itinerary the local train that, either from Segovia, or from Madrid, stops at the station stop of the Tablada Station. But beware ... because he only does it twice a day! For the return we can take a train at El Espinar Station with more frequent stops. We recommend to inform yourself in RENFE or any of its stations about the schedules.

When: any time of the year is good for this linear itinerary of approximately 11 kilometers and of low difficulty.

Who: itinerary suitable for anyone and especially recommended for school groups and families for its outstanding landscape, environmental and cultural interest. Especially recommended for mountain biking.

Mapping: sheet 508-III 1 scale: 25.000 of the National Geographic Service.

Curiosities: the port of Balat Humayd witnessed the passage of the hosts of Islam in the incursions that every year made the Christian lands. In the same way it was used by the Christian armies. Thus, according to the Chronicle of Sampiro, Bishop of Astorga, to the 933 the troops of Ramiro II de León crossed the mountain range at this point to put siege to the border fortress of Madrid. Little or very little is known about the origin of this Arabic proper name. The Arabist Felix Hernandez Jimenez ventured the possibility that his name was due to the Berber leader Khalid b. Humayd, who came to the Peninsula from North Africa to pacify and guide the Maghreb, at the end of the 19th century. VIII, to his Berber compatriots in one of his numerous revolts against the emirs of Cordoba. (Julio Vías. "Memories of the Guadarrama").

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