GR 249. 12. Etappe: Villanueva del Rosario - Archidona
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1. Initiation Stage:
Access Starting point: From Málaga, take the A-45, exit 114 to join with the A-92M, exiting at 20 onto the A-7203 and finally taking the MA-231.
Starting point: Villanueva del Rosario, on the bridge over the Arroyo de la Canaleja, Calle Arroyo (Fuente Vieja).
Enjoy the walk safely: The greater part of the way is along comfortable forest tracks or well maintained footpaths.
In the short section which takes you along the A-7230 main road it is obligatory to take the necessary precautions.
The steepest descent is towards the Hoz de Marín, through a terraced replanted pine forest. Due to the steepness and sandy terrain, you should descend carefully.
In the Hoz de Marín, you will ford a stream bed, which can have high water levels, sometimes sufficient to exceed the capacity of its.
2. Completion of Stage:
Access to finish point: Motorway A-92 Sevilla-Granada and the A-359 (Pedrizas- Salinas) and fi nally the N-331.
Finish point: Archidona, where Calle Luis Braille meets the Avenida Andalucía.
Possible "escape routes": Once you have passed beneath the motorway for the second time, at kilometre 7.5, the option to leave the GR is at the Cortijo de La Saucedilla; take the track to the east. This will lead you to the main road that connects Villanueva del Trabuco with Archidona, the latter being the closer village, to your left.
No return point: There is a very important point, the highest of this Stage, where the viewpoint of the Central Limestone Arch has been situated. After this, a fairly steep descent towards the Hoz de Marín begins. Alternatively backtrack from the lookout point or continue from the Arroyo towards Archidona.
Connections to other footpaths and trails: The fi rst part of the way takes you along the Camino to Archidona; it does not enter the gorge for obvious reasons instead it veers off to the east.
In the Hoz de Marín, due to the uniqueness of the area, it coincides with the PR-A-157 “Hoz del Arroyo Marín”. This is a linear walk and you have to turn back when you reach the point that the streams fl ooded and destroyed in 2012. The number of fallen tree trunks and sections of disrupted pathway only allow you to walk for one kilometre downstream from where the GR connects with the riverbed. For this reason, the whole PR is used and walked in its entirety.
There is another PR, the A-125, “Archidona north-east and Hoz de Marín” which is currently not in use. There is a possibility to do a circular walk from Archidona, but walking around the area.