GR 249. Étape 22: Ardales - El Burgo
La intención es el trabajo personal que se corresponde con la etapa del cuerpo. Al comienzo de esta etapa y durante su recorrido abordaremos “La Intención”. Significa tomar conciencia o reflexionar sobre la finalidad o función que perseguimos en nuestra mente a la hora de tomar decisiones, para qué vamos a realizar este camino, cuál es nuestro verdadero sentido e intención en cada paso que damos.
La importancia de este proceso reside en comenzar a caminar con el objetivo en nuestra mente, decidir firmemente nuestros proyectos para crear un motor de acción continua que proporcionará actitud e iniciativa. Es un recorrido para caminar con sentido, incorporando la intención firme de realizarlo con la tranquilidad desde el momento presente.
Representa nuestro kilómetro cero o punto de partida, el comienzo de todas las manifestaciones, un lugar tanto físico como emocional, desde donde comenzamos nuestro camino hacia el interior y el viaje por La Gran Senda para poder guiar tu vida hacia donde realmente sientes y quieres.
Texte original extrait de la version en anglais.
1. Initiation Stage:
Access Starting point: Ardales is accessed by the A-357 Málaga- Campillos. The area is also reached by the MA-5402, which can be linked with Casarabonela (by the A-7275) and El Burgo (the MA-5401) which is also linked to the previous points).
Starting point: Junction of the street Calle Mancerilla with the Calle Huelva, in the northwest area of Ardales.
Enjoy the walk safely: The trail does not pass through any permanently inhabited places, although it is common to see people passing by at the beginning and at the end of the stage, coinciding with the work areas. Since there are no water supply points, it is necessary to plan this long and physically demanding route very well. Although this stage follows tarmac surfaces, it’s not roads we are talking about rather than paved lanes on the steepest slopes. The circulation of vehicles is very scarce in the area.
2. Completion of Stage:
Access to finish point: MA-5401 or Ardales road. El Burgo is connected to the Serranía de Ronda and the Guadalhorce Valley via the A-366 (Ronda-Alozaina).
Finish point: Calle Fuente Nueva Street, in the northern part of the town of El Burgo, right on the road to Ardales.
Possible "escape routes": MA-5400 motorway links the towns of Serrato and El Burgo. Although it is not visible from the walk, it is very close, always to the right, starting from the highest point of the stage at Los Márquez.
No return point: From Los Márquez, it is best to follow the GR and go down to El Burgo. It is an easily found point in the field: the highest part of the walk as you are leaving pine forest before entering another one.
Connections to other footpaths and trails: Stage 5 of the GR-7 E-4 (Serrato-Ardales), 13.6 km long, coincides with our GR from the beginning up to the bridge of la Molina, but veers northwest at the fi rst major intersection just as you cross the Río Turón. Ardales Town Council has prepared fi ve walks to promote a healthy lifestyle; the walks depart from the town. They are the routes of Cortijo Simon, Carretera EL Burgo, Los Llanos de Belén, Carretera de Badén and a climb called Subida al Calvario; all are between 2 and 8 km long.
The fi rst part of our walk in known in the village as El Camino de los Jiménez, an area named for the huge land belonging to the farm of the same name. The same happens in the higher area which is called Los Márquez and there are roads with that very name lading through it.
Within the cycling network in the Sierra de las Nieves there is an adapted route El Burgo to Espinazo del Perro, a 19.3 kilometre circular which coincides with The Great Path of Málaga in the fi nal section. At the Puerto de Herradura pass an alternative branches off to the left, towards the farmhouse of la Herradura (250 metres from the junction), and that is the traditional path of Puerto del Cumbre. Another old road is the one to Teba, which leads through the Arroyo de los Niños in north direction coinciding with the path at the end of the stage. Finally, in the area of village gardens there is a tarmac lane to the left is known as the Camino de los Membrillos.