DISTANCE: 21,2 km (a circular route)
DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL POINT: Sotosalbos (playground near SG-V-2366 road)
HOW TO ARRIVE:
Option A:Colmenar road (M-607) and M-601 up to Navacerrada Port. Straight on by CL-601 to La Granja and Segovia.Do the roundabout at the entrance in La Granja and inmediately turn right to Torrecaballeros (there is a signal that show it). Go on to Torrecaballeros and continue by N-110 road direction to Soria.Straight on about 10 kms and turn right to Sotosalbos. Finally go on 600 metres up to the park where the route begins.
Option B: AP-6 direction to La Coruña. Exit AP-61 direction to Segovia (both toll roads). Exit SG-20 to Soria and Torrecaballeros.Go on to Torrecaballeros and continue by N-110 road direction to Soria.Straight on about 10 kms and turn right to Sotosalbos. Finally go on 600 metres up to the park where the route begins.
Madrid-Segovia: La Sepulvedana (www.lasepulvedana.es)
Segovia-Sotosalbos: Linecar (www.linecar.es).
N-110 direction to Soria up to Sotosalbos. Finally go on 600 metres up to the park where the route begins.
Segovia-Sotosalbos: Linecar (www.linecar.es).
APPROXIMATE DURATION: 1h 45’- 2h 15’, plus the time spent enjoying the spots you go through.
ALTITUDE DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL: 1162 m
ALTITUDE: MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM: 1012-1165 m
SLOPE: MAXIMUM: 9.8%
DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE: Sotosalbos - Santo Domingo de Pirón – Losana de Pirón – Tenzuela - Sotosalbos
This route is relatively easy and fit for everyone. During the journey we will find the treasures of the rural Romanesque along the area of the Pirón River with the peaks of the Guadarrama mountains always at the backdrop. Spring and fall are the most suitable seasons to make this route.
The route runs along tracks resulting above all from land reparcelling; in general we cycle along solitary minor roads leading to village centers.
We set off at Sotosalbos, close to a children’s playground on the right hand side as we enter the village. After crossing the road we cycle towards San Miguel Church, a beautiful example of Romanesque and take the track to Santo Domingo de Pirón that is parallel to the stream Sotosalbos. We get to Santo Domingo after leaving behind the Farm School on our left (http:/www.granjalauniversal.com/). In the square we can take a short rest and drink some fresh water from the fountain. There we can admire the church dedicated to Santo Domingo de Silos.
Then we take the right track that leads to Losana de Pirón. We pedal down a path surrounded by areas of pastures with cows grazing inside. In Losana we can see Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church; then we turn back, ride along the Via Crucis as far as Alto del Descansadero. This track gets narrower and turns right for about 750 m. among holm oaks and grass and going downhill we get to the wide path from Losana to Tenzuela. Don’t miss San Miguel Church and its splendid portico. There is also 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 leave the village after crossing the track that goes from Santo Domingo de Pirón to Berrocal; we go straight along this track towards Sotosalbos, where our route ends.
Areas of pastures, holm oaks, junipers and ash trees are predominant in the area. As we approach the streams from Sotosalbos to Santo Domingo there appears the typical vegetation of the river banks.
Sotosalbos: In the 14th century the Spanish writer Juan Ruiz, Arcipreste de Hita, mentions “Sotos Albos” in his book Libro del Buen Amor and how he comes across a serrana (woman living in the hills), called La Chata, in the mountain pass Malangosto. An inscription carved in a stone next to San Miguel Church refers to that episode. The church is one of the most beautiful examples of 12th century Romanesque in Segovia. Its well-kept portico is worth a visit.
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.
Losana de Pirón: Here we can see Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Chrurch, another example of Romanesque art; though it has been totally restored, we can still see a line of cantilevers that runs through the south wing of the church, some of them of sexual content. The present style is Baroque.
Tenzuela: San Miguel Chuch is not so famous as the church in Sotosalbos, but it is a beautiful example of Romanesque with a magnificent portico belonging to the late Romanesque. Don’t miss it.
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.
You can drink some fresh water from the fountain in Santo Domingo de Pirón. Enjoy the journey. Nature, cows and the sound of water near the streams will accompany you. If you happen to meet a countryman, don’t hesitate, stop and talk to him; he will appreciate your company.