GR 249.5. Section 3. Cañete la Real - Arriate
The mountains of the Padrastro and the Padrastrillo (up to km 6.3)
The starting point of the Stage coincides with that of the Carboneras Trail (PR-A 419), the roundabout of the MA-6401, MA -7404 and MA-6402 highways, next to the water tanks and a fountain. The rising exit from Cañete la Real takes the Camino de la Atalaya Alta, leaving the softest branch of the Atalaya Baja, which leaves the same point converted into a road, surrounding the Sierra del Padrastrillo to the east passing through the farmhouse that gives it its name. Soon you avoid a cemented lane to the left, with which it then connects, and you reach the base of the walls of the Stepfather, imposing pits where climbing is practiced, very loveable for a multitude of birds.
The flat path next to the escarpment, connects with a secondary lane and then with the main one that was left before, which gives access to the Cortijo de las Pilas or Tejano. To the right is the southern border of the Public Mount MA-10058-JA Las Carboneras, 385 hectares of repopulation pine forest occupying the place that gives it its name and the Cañada del Lobo. There are some almond trees on the dry stone wall and olive and cereal crops on the left, but soon you climb again and the scrub begins. There is a first stop and, with retrospective views of Cañete and its castle, you can reach the port at kilometer 2.5 and maximum level of the day.
The La Escalereta Wind Farm has 5.8 MW installed in two phases thanks to 17 wind turbines, 5 to the south in the crest of Padrastrillo and 12 to the north of the Path, on the elongated summit of the Loma de la Mata on the western edge of the Public Mount. From here you can see the Cadiz and Seville subbetic mountains, and it is where the Short Distance Path splits, to the north. In the subsequent descent you can still see the smallest rotors, from the Cañada de Almellones, a rocky valley slope of 3 kilometers in total. You pass first through the fountain and cross the seasonal torrent several times before and after the horcajo of the Cañada del Romeral, which connects on the right. It is here where the holm oaks begin to have tree size, with an interesting Mediterranean scrub of coscojas and rockroses where small game is managed through feeders, troughs and vivars for rabbits, for which an earthy track was built, now signposted, which ends on the Ma-6402 road and its service roads.
Accompanying the Algeciras Bobadilla Railway Line (up to km 14.0)
You cross the High Watchtower making a closed loop to the south along the street that coincides with the Cordel de Almargen a Ronda, through which you will walk until kilometer 8.7. The slopes of Cerro Atalayón constrain the road against Majamoclón Creek and the train track as it twists to the southwest. You have to wade a couple of times using some angarillas and you reach a large plain with a triangular appearance. Attention must be paid to continue in the same direction despite a new break when crossing the channel a couple of times. This place is Cuatro Mojones, which is where the municipalities of Alcalá del Valle, Setenil de las Bodegas, Cañete la Real and Ronda contact. Several Livestock Routes also cross here: a Cordel, two Cañadas Reales and a Colada (that of the Camino de Arriate to Cañete, which is the one that will take the next 14 kilometers), which is why there were in times two ventorrillos, that of Juan Angulo and that of the Boca del Valle.
This evocative name gives an idea that the valley is going to be boxed from here, leaving the road very close to the left, most of the time without a protective fence. The stream is wade on a couple of occasions, with the Sierra del Borbollo to the west and that of the Nava to the east, with very wild appearances from this perspective. Later on, a depression is left to the right that is sometimes flooded, the Majamoclón pond, and a gate gives way to the end of Ronda (km 10), where the first examples of oak pastures with magnificent specimens of centenary gall oaks begin to appear. You have to wade the stream several times in a rather stony stretch, very close to the railroad, successively drawing slight curves at the bottom of the valley. Leaving a sloped pasture to the right, the landscape finally opens, and thus reaches a wide plain that marks the middle of the route, that of the Cortijo del Borbollón, dedicated to the breeding of livestock, mainly sheep, payoya goats and red cows.
With great caution you cross the level crossing and the Path moves away from the road for now, ascending a little and leaving the beautiful house of the Chaplaincy on the right, near the main source of water in the area, which it gives its name for the impetuous flow that sometimes arises from the earth.
The Livestock Routes of the Dehesas de Ronda (up to km 21.4)
There are numerous branches concerning the forest management of these farms, included in the hunting ground of Rozallana, but what you have to do is take a southerly direction ascending until crossing a gate. A slight descent leads to a new ship, the Llanos de Zajarilla or Zaharilla, which are crossed from east to west by the Cordel del Camino de Málaga or the Caves. This is the largest extension of arable crops and meadows of the day, closed to the east by the Sierra de Carrasco with its farmhouse at the foot, which is seen on the other side. It is also the farthest point to the mouth of the Corbones River, and therefore its Malaga basin headwaters.
Next there is a small maze of public and private roads of different works in which the gates follow one another, which is signposted with panels alluding to the spectacular landscape of pastures through which the Path now transits. You can see some rural constructions and there are quite a few fences, many of them showing the result of the demarcation of the Livestock Routes. Paying close attention to the continuity beacons, and without losing the direction of marching to the southwest, he puts the road in a large pasture of young holm oaks, with remains of dry stone walls.
Soon you have to cross with caution the A-7276 road at its kilometer point 16.5, between the towns of Cuevas del Becerro and Setenil de las Bodegas or Alcalá del Valle. The landscape continues in the same vein, although with larger trees, and leads to another large plain, which is sometimes flooded giving rise to an extensive and unusual lagoon, that of the Pool, which gives its name to the place and the farmhouse that is seen in the background. There is an old drain that prevents water from being maintained for longer. The road, between barbed wire and on a very red land, leaves it to the left, goes back into another pasture with various closed side accesses and contacts again with the railway line, which a few meters later you have to cross through a level crossing without barriers.
In slight descent, at kilometer 21.4 you cross from E to O the Cañada Real de Osuna or Cañada Verde, currently partially converted into the East Variant of Arriate (A-7377) of connection with the road from Ronda to Campillos (A-367) at the height of the Puente de la Ventilla.
The orchards, farmhouses and villages of the Guadalcobacín (until the end of the stage)
The different streams of the front so flat converge here, forming a real channel with some riverside vegetation that goes to the cape to the Strait of Gibraltar (it has already changed the Hydrographic Basin) and the cemented lane that you travel crosses it a little further on. Instead of large properties with pastures and navas cultivated here, cottages, small farms, orchards and second homes multiply. The first street of Los Prados already appears, with the Sierra de las Salinas in the background, and thus you reach kilometer 3 of the MA-7403 road, actually a crossing here. This population center began around some road sale and one of the rural hermitages of the valley, which schooled children from the numerous farmhouses scattered throughout this fertile place. Now it is a small town dependent on Ronda that has a College and Health Clinic. Walking about 800 meters you have to leave the main street to go down the right down El Río Street, actually a paved lane without sidewalks.
Some large ash trees next to the houses and orchards presage the arrival in the river plain, and the orchards soon give way to the main group of houses of La Cimada, with Alcudilla Street as a mandatory transit. Then, leaving the small wastewater treatment station on the right, you cross over the Guadalcobacín, which comes boxed from the east, entering Arriate term.
Immediately after, one of the bleached Niches for the Cruz de Mayo typical of here is left, and it is by the Camino de Cantarrana, paved and overlooking an increasingly open valley, that you finally reach a small stop from which you can see the town of Arriate, end of the Stage.
• Level crossings without barriers at Km 13 and 20
• Coincidence with road traffic on paved sections and main lanes
• Probability of partially floodable sections
• Coincidence with extensive livestock