DISTANCE: 46,8 km
DEPARTURE POINT: Segovia's Cathedral
ARRIVAL POINT: Pedraza Square
HOW TO ARRIVE:
Option A: AP-6 road to La Coruña. Exit 61 AP-61 road to Segovia (both toll roads). Entering Segovia, follow signals of historic centre, Cathedral , and Main Square.
Option B: N-607 Colmenar Viejo road and M-601 up to km 58 (Port of Navacerrada). Straight on by CL-601 road to La Granja and Segovia. Entering Segovia, follow signals of historic centre, Cathedral and Main Square
La Sepulvedana bus service. Exits from Príncipe Pío Transport Interchange.. Pº de la Florida s/n (Metro Príncipe Pío). (www.lasepulvedana.es)
Ave and Alvia train services. Exits from Chamartín Train Station, C/ Agustín de Foxá, s/n. (www.renfe.com)
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 4h 30’ – 5h 30’, plus the time spent enjoying the spots you go through.
ALTITUDE DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL: 1012-1067 m
ALTITUDE: MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM: 926 - 1246 m
SLOPE: MAXIMUM: 17%
DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE: Segovia – Zamarramala – La Lastrilla – Espirdo – Tizneros – Basardilla - Santo Domingo de Pirón – Pelayos del Arroyo – Torre de Val - Val de San Pedro - Pedraza
This route is relatively long and has medium/high difficulty. In addition we must take some precautions, first downhill from Cerro del Piojo to Val de San Pedro and then as we approach Pedraza after a vertiginous descent. We go along a dried-up river bed and have to get off the bike for a time. Finally we will enter into Pedraza through the only city gate after a steep ascent of about 200 meters.
Naturcleta is pleased to join the initiative of El Adelantado de Segovia (www.eladelantado.com) and the support of Diputación de Segovia and Junta de Castilla y León in order to stimulate tourism and economy in Segovia with environmental attractiveness (www.caminodesanfrutos.org).
This is a pilgrim,’s route from Segovia to the hermitage of San Frutos, located in the amazing spot called Hoces del Duratón (Gorges of the river Duratón). The pilgrimage goes along rural roads in the northeast of the province, one of the most depopulated areas, though full of important remains of historical, artistic and natural heritage.
Naturcleta is highly committed to this Camino, offering two alternatives. The first route takes us as far as Santo Domingo de Pirón. The present one is from Segovia to Pedraza. In brief we will expand our offer with other routes.
This route sets off at the foot of the cathedral behind the statue of Saint Frutos, the patron Saint of Segovia. We cycle down to El Alcázar and turn right to abandon the city walls through Puerta de Santiago. As we get to San Marcos district we head towards Zamarramala. From Veracruz Church we will go up the steep road helped by our Naturcleta. Next to the hermitage in Zamarramala we find the first information board indicating the Camino through this village.
There are information boards in all the villages indicating the Camino along the urban sections; In addition there are milestones showing the way through rural tracks.Before leaving Segovia from this spot we must not miss one of the most magnificent views of the city. Then we continue along a rural track that leads us to La Lastrilla. We need to walk along a no entry street until we get to a roundabout over the CL-601.
We cross it taking precautions and continue our way to Espirdo through cattle trails surrounded by wide cereal fields –an example of the Spanish catch phrase “ancha es Castilla” (how wide Castile is!). We continue underneath a bridge in the SG-20, get to the pelota court in Espirdo and continue towards the first crossing; then we turn right. On the left hand side there is a shoeing frame, made of stone and wood, used for immobilizing animals while they were being shoed, cured, vaccinated, shorn or having their horns shaved. We head for the road from Espirdo to Tizneros.
There is a pedestrian walkway recently completed. As we approach Tizneros we can see a beautiful natural lagoon on our left. We go on as far as the hermitage and next to it there is a sports center and a children´s playground with a fountain to drink some fresh water. We continue our journey to Basardilla. There is a change of scenery: now we find large prairies with cattle grazing everywhere. Then we cross the SG-2222 and cycle towards the church in Basardilla and go back to the road where we find another fountain. We leave the village along a track on our right. We continue pedaling to Santo Domingo de Pirón surrounded by wide prairies and some examples of holm oaks and further on we will cycle along the bank of the Pirón River as far as Santo Domingo de Pirón.
We get to a junction before entering the village and head for the church and after a hundred yards we can see the village plaza, where we can drink some fresh water from a fountain. Then we take the track to Pelayos del Arroyo with a fountain in the middle of the plaza next to a stone “horca” (a platform supporting the gallows from which those condemned to die were hanged). San Vicente Chruch is worth a visit. Then we continue our journey to Torre Val de San Pedro among pasture lands and bushes and find a straight track with a steep slope. We get to a large prairie and start a vertiginous descent to Torre Val. Here we must take great precautions.
After crossing first a stream and then the SG-2315 that leads to Chavida, we take the SG-2322 for about 500 m, turn right and enter into Torre Val, where we find many examples of the typical architecture of the mountains. After a short ride we get to Val de San Pedro. We leave the village taking the track parallel to the SG-2322 and soon we find a steep ascent followed by a spectacular descent cycling close to Cega River and crossing two old stone bridges over the sea bed; this is one of the most singular part of the Camino. The last stretch of the route towards Pedraza is an area of wide prairies with holm oaks and ash trees. As we get to the natural area called Prado Rompido, we start to admire the magnificent view of Pedraza city wall. There is now a complicated descent towards the valley at the foot of Pedraza. The scenery is worth contemplating. We then get off the bike and walk along an old river bed full of pebbles and stones for about 200 m. Finally we cross the stream and go uphill as far as the only gate that gives access to the village. We continue our way to the beautiful arcaded square and to the town hall, where our route ends. Take a break and think about the great moments experienced along the Camino.
The route starts in an urban area and continues along the Eresma valley as far as San Marcos bridge with small orchards, black poplars, willow trees, ash trees, elm trees on the banks of the river. We leave Segovia and take the road to Zamarramala, La Lastrilla and Espirdo. The way runs along cereal fields. From this point on there is a change of scenery with wide prairies and pasturelands until we approach Santo Domingo de Pirón, where there appears the typical vegetation of the river banks and certain tree species such as holm oaks, junipers and ash trees.
From Santo Domingo to Val de San Pedro there is a scenery full of pasture lands and bushes, adapted to low temperature. Along the banks of Cega River the vegetation changes and there appear white poplars, oak trees and some alders. We continue along pasture lands with wide areas of holm oaks and ash trees until we arrive at the fertile valley at the foot of Pedraza with high poplars on the banks of the stream.
Segovia Cathedral: (La dama de las catedrales). It belongs to the late Gothic (1525-1577). It has a priviledged location in the highest part of the town. (http://www.turismodesegovia.com/es/que-ver/monumentos/catedral)
Puerta de Santiago: This gate in the city wall of Mudejar style gives access to San Marcos district. In the past it was a shelter for the needy. It has recently been restored and every Sunday there are organized guided visits (www.turismodesegovia.com).
Vera Cruz Church: Located on the way to Zamarramala it dates back to 1208 and was built by the Knights Templar to house a fragment of the True Cross. The church has a unique 12-sided exterior with a tower on the south side and a hexagonal layout inside with a single circular nave. Its shape is patterned on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where according to legend the True Cross was found by St. Helena in the 4th century. Inside, the round nave centers on an unusual two-story gallery, where the Knights are thought to have kept vigil over the sliver of wood. You can climb the tower for beautiful views of the Alcazar and the old city. Nowadays it belongs to the Order of Malta (http://www.sacred-destinations.com/spain/segovia-vera-cruz-templar-church). Guided visits to the temple can be arranged: Ph. 921431475. (http://www.ordendemalta.es)
Zamarramala: According to the legend on St. Agnes´day in the early XI century when the Alcázar was in the hands of the Moors, the women of Zamarramala dressed up with their best clothes, put on their jewels and started dancing in front of the Alcázar, making the guards abandon their positions to admire the beauty of the women. In the meantime the Christian troops entered into the castle and recaptured the castle. Due to this heroic act the people of Zamarramala were given some privileges, especially women: each year on February 5th a lady mayoress (alcaldesa) is elected during the fiesta. Zamarramala is also one of the best lookouts of the city of Segovia.
Tizneros: it has a beautiful natural lagoon. Near the hermitage you can take a rest and drink some water from the fountain. We can also find a children’s playground and a sports center.
Prairies between Tizneros and Basardilla: I you wish, you can take a short rest and lie on the grass especially in spring or fall.
Basardilla: You can visit San Bartolomé Church, a beautiful example of Romanesque with a magnificent portico.
Santo Domingo de Pirón: Situated by the Pirón river, it is the birthplace of Fernando Delgado Sanz, el tuerto de Pirón, a famous one-eyed bandit born in the middle of 19th century. Santo Domingo de Silos church belongs to the end of Romanesque (13th century); there is a magnificent Baroque altarpiece inside.
Pelayos del Arroyo: In the middle of the plaza there is a stone “horca” (a platform supporting the gallows from which those condemned to die were hanged). And San Vicente Chruch is a beautiful example of Romanesque.
Torre Val and Val de San Pedro: Both villages have the typical architecture of the Guadarrama mountains.
Pedraza: is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Spain, declared to be a Historic-Artistic site. It is a real pleasure to stroll through its stone streets inside the city wall and get lost in the well preserved alleys of the old village. We mustn’t miss the arcaded Plaza Mayor, the old prison and the castle, today Museum Ignacio Zuloaga. For further information contact http://www.pedraza.info/ or Ph. 921508666.
A few suggestions will help you enjoy your ride: Bring along some water and food (dried fruit, chocolate, cereal bars). Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. And don´t forget your sunscreen lotion, above all at the central hours of the day.
Before starting the way to Zamarramala, you can lie on the prairie of La Fuencisla and enjoy a spectacular view of El Alcázar. It will be unforgettable. And don´t forget to visit the Vera Cruz Church. It is really impressive.
One of our favourite sites to take a break is by the Cega River as we leave Val de San Pedro on the way to Pedraza. Finally, as we get to the natural area called Prado Rompido, stop and admire the magnificent view of Pedraza city wall.