Rascafría – Puente del Perdón – Casa de la Horca

We started the route from the center of Rascafría, taking advantage that we arrived soon and so we have no problems to then look for parking to eat something at the end.

We walk along the walkways parallel to the M-604. When we pass the wood factory, Belgian Society of the Pinares del Paular, we leave the proximity of the road to go through the bridge of the Angostura River, which is what the Lozoya River is called at its top. We pass the Mount of Batanes and cross the Angostura River again through the Bridge of Forgiveness, which is chosen right in front of the Monastery of Santa María de El Paular and which served as an access route for the monks to the Paper Mill of Los Batanes. (As an anecdote, from this mill came the paper with which the first part of Don Quijote de La Mancha was printed, published in Madrid in 1605.)

The Puente del Perdón receives its name because the local authorities, from six centuries ago, were in the habit of making the trials next to the bridge. The inmates appealed their sentence to the court on the same bridge and, if they were forgiven, they returned safe and sound. If this was not the case, the sheriffs led them to the House of the Gallows, which we will also visit on this route.

We continue again, parallel to the M-604, then turn off the GR10-1. We walk guided by him until we pass the Arroyo de la Umbría, at the height of Matalascuevas, where we turn off to stop in the meadow of the Mirador de los Robledos, where the Monument to the Forest Guard is located.

We continue through the Arroyo de Navalahuesca until we reach Casa de la Galca near the M-604 road in PK 32.

We cross the road and again the Lozoya River at the level of the Pradillo Dam Reservoir, to return along the PR-25 towards the Presillas, where we take the GR10-1 to the Batanes Youth Hostel where we already turn off to our point Start, the town of Rascafría.

Simple route, although long and full of history. Puente del Perdón – House of the Horca. Where life, six centuries ago was not easy. Where the snow fell accumulating several meters thick, leaving this valley of Alto Lozoya isolated at least five months a year.

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Total distance: 19.22 km
Max elevation: 1323 m
Total climbing: 486 m
Total time: 04:43:03

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