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The old Road Ronda to Montejaque

Diputación de Málaga

The old Road Ronda to Montejaque

This road, used before motor vehicles existed, was last extensively used by the Corsarios who carried news and messages between Ronda and the surrounding villages. The last two of these men being from Montejaque itself.

RECOMMEND SEASON: All year round.

PRACTICAL ADVICE: It is necessary to take water

We leave Ronda from the "Dehesa" district, and follow the path described in route THE CAVE OF THE HUNDIDERO up to where it enters the Grazalema Natural Park.

We take the path ascending to Mures hill which veers left passing at a distance behind the farmhouse Cortijo Grande. These lands once grew wheat and were at one time famous hunting grounds for turtle doves. Here we find optional departure point 1 joining route FORM RONDA TO BENAOJAN BY THE STATION.

This old way was recovered a few years ago by the department for the environment and is now indicated as G.R.7 with signposts to show the way. The path is easy and well marked rising for 4 Km. Fields of cereals give way to olive groves, on the right is the farmhouse La Estacá and on the left an old oil press that is being restored for rural tourist accommodation. This old mill used a waterwheel driven by an occasional but fierce torrent.

As we ascend the olive trees peter out and we are in shrubland with wild asparagus growing here and there between the limestone rocks. At the end of the climb we find a tiny hamlet and the Milagro cross. Here we have a splendid view of Ronda. A bit further on is the hermitage of the virgin "La Escariguela". According to legend the statue that is worshipped here was once taken to Ronda to cure the plague. When the people of Ronda took it back to the hermitage they had second thoughts and decided to return it to Ronda to work future miracles. When they reached the Milagro cross however the statue would move no further and they had to abandon their plan.

A cobbled footpath leaves the hermitage zig zagging down to the road. The village is now less than 1 Km. away. The beauty of the countryside around Montejaque have made it a centre for rural tourism, with the nearby plains of Libar and recently discovered pot holes making it the capital of Andalucian caving. Here we find optional departure point 2 to the Libar plains.

We return the way we came until we reach the Muela pass in the pine woods near Ronda. Instead of ascending back towards the Dehesa we leave that track on the left and, with a wire fence on the right we descend towards the basin of Los Molinos. On the left we see the cliffs of the Tajo of Ronda. From the hermitage to the pass is a little more than 5 Km.

We take the left hand path through fields and pine trees, passing houses on the way, one with a stone tower typical of the area which served as a grain store. These towers where built after Ronda was taken from the Arabs by the Catholic Kings. We reach the Guadalevin where we can appreciate the rock face on which Ronda sits. We see strange forms caused by erosion such as the cauldron s handle and the gorge formed by the river. Here we find optional departure point 3 the Tajo of Ronda.

Near the old electric station we find a stone paved road which we follow uphill passing by the old mills which used waterpower to grind grain and in the fifties to produce electricity. A rock fall in 1917 which caused sixteen deaths led to the abandoning of the mills. At the moment one is in the process of restoration. The mills had their origin in the Arab period. When the New Bridge was built the water channels that serve them had to be respected. The return to Ronda by the Molino path could end in EI Campillo following the Cuesta del Cachondeo or in the San Francisco district.

OPTIONAL DEPARTURE POINTS:

Nº1.-THE OLD RONDA TO BENAOJAN ROAD.

Connects to route FROM RONDA TO BENAOJAN BY THE STATION.

Nº2.- THE LIBAR PLAINS.

This valley between limestone mountains inspires us with its beauty and serenity. We can ascend to the highest and largest valley at 1000 meters up. We see birds, Gall and Holm Oak trees and rock plants. There are also many pot holes here for caving.

Nº 3.- THE TAJO DE RONDA.

The famous gorge was formed by the action of the Guadalevin river over the rocks of varying hardness. We can admire the New Bridge built between 1753 and 1793 if we leave our path for the Arch of Christ with its panoramic view.

Please see route THE MILLS IN GORGE.