We begin the route to say goodbye to 2023 from Galapagar. We head towards Dehesa Vieja through the Navalquejigo Path, passing by the Nuestra Señora de África Hostel. Further on, we encounter the wide Segovian Royal Livestock Trail and continue along the Colada that takes us to Navalquejigo, a currently abandoned and occupied village that was founded in the 11th century by various Segovian groups using the Segovian Royal Livestock Trail.
In Navalquejigo, we can see the remains of its church dating back to the Middle Ages, the 13th century. Unfortunately, it lies in ruins, with collapsed roofs and walls. We retrace our steps for a few meters and take the trail that skirts the estate in front of the Las Zorreras station, leading us back to the Segovian Royal Livestock Trail just at the height of the Hermitage of Cerrillo.
The hermitage is well-known among the residents of Galapagar, as since 1987, they celebrate the traditional pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of the Forsaken here every second Sunday in May. We continue onwards along the path of Cordel de las Suertes Nuevas, skirting the El Guijo housing development and crossing the M-510 to reach, through trails, the Laguna del Toril.
Returning to Galapagar, we enter again through the ancient Roman Road, traced from Galapagar to Los Molinos and the Puerto de la Fuenfría. This was, perhaps, the most important in the communication hub of the Southern Plateau of Hispania during the Roman era.
We close out 2023 by enjoying a drink at the Sacramonte Gastrobar.
Max elevation: 927 m
Total climbing: 268 m
Total time: 03:01:43