|Cross the road and take the path that descends
under the bridge. Walk some 20 meters to the right until you meet
signposts (750 m). Follow the sign for Cuesta del Rató straight on
along the track
that runs on the river bed. Some five minutes later you notice a white-yellow
waymark on your right. It leads you on a path that runs for a while by
the side of the river bed before descending back on the track after a
group of planted
trees. Stay on this track and ignore all side tracks and
paths. Reddish rockwalls line the route on your right.
When the track forks (50min) (830 m), go left. Further you encounter
a panel telling you that you are in "Barranco del Val de
Agua", in the "Gorge of the Valley of Water". The
landscpae becomes somewhat greener and you cross a tiny stream (55min)
(830 m), but the name Valley of Water is misleading. There is not much
water. The stream follows the route for a while, but stays behind, when
the track curves left.
The track starts climbing up steeply
(860 m) affording fine views backwards
to the rockwall. Further up, looking east, you see a vast landscape of
mountains and plains. Finally, the panorama extends from north to south.
After passing ruines of a
house you meet another track (1h40min)
(1030 m). Go right. Ten minutes
later, fork right again (1h50min) (1050 m). Now you have fine views down
over the valley where you see first Castielfabib and later Cuervo and
Cuesta del Rató.
The track comes to an asphalt road (2h20min) (1070 m), on which you
turn right. Soon you encounter a panel with a text "El Rató"
on it (2h23min)
(1085 m). By this panel a path with a white-yellow
waymark forks off to the left. It will take you to the village of Cuesta
del Rató. The path is not very clear, but the waymarks keep you on the
route. After crossing a track (2h35min)
(990 m), the path turns into a
track (2h40min) (950 m).
When you reach an asphalt road (2h42min) (945 m), turn right. The
road bends right, and you see a sign for Castiefabib. Continue on the
road downhill. About 100 meters before you reach a bridge, a track that
runs between two large rocks turns off to the left (2h52min) (895 m).
Take this ascending track. Some five meters higher up you meet another
track. Turn right.
The track starts to follow a rockwall. Keep all the time left, close
to the wall. In La Hoya, the track narrows into a path (3h05min) (885
m). Continue straight ahead. When the path forks (3h17min) (880 m), go
left uphill. Soon you can see Castielfabib in front of you.
The path ends on a narrow
asphalt road (3h34min)
(880 m). Turn right.
You come to a bridge, which was collapsed in April 2006. Maybe it has
been repaired by now, but anyhow, do not cross the bridge, but bend
sharp left on a path (3h38min) (855 m). The river flows on your right in
a deep and narrow gorge. The path goes very close to this sheer drop and
there are no protective railings. Walk carefully!
The first sightseeing of the path is a Roman
aquaduct (3h45min) (850
m). The ornamental arcade is well preserved, and the aquaduct still in
use. Once you have climbed to the top of the hill, you can observe the
trough through which the water is flowing, thanks to the pull of
Below you see a small bridge and a path leading to Castielfabib. Do
not go to the bridge, but take the stone steps on your left (3h55min) (840
m). The next sightseeing is the Monastry of San Guillermo from the
13th century (4h) (865 m). Bend left by the corner of the monastry, and
turn right two minutes later. In two minutes you see below the third
sightseeing, the Well of
The path joins a track by a gorge and passes an irrigation canal (4h05min) (865 m)
and Penya Rubia. You descend to
the waterfront by the bridge of the Canal de Piedra (4h15min) (800 m).
Do not cross the bridge, but bend left. The river flows swithly on your
right. Left from the track wide plantations lined by reddish
Follow the track all the way to Los Santos, where you find a sign for
Torre Baja pointing straight ahead (4h40min) (775 m). Immediately after
you encouter the first houses of the Los Santos, take the narrow alley
turning off to the right (4h45min) (780 m). The alley turns into a
track, that crosses an asphalt road (4h56min) (760 m). The river Ebron
flows on your right.
When the track comes close to the N-420 (5h05min) (755 m), start
walking on the N-420 to the right. Walk some 300 meters until you meet
an information panel telling that there is a hotel and a restaurant 1000
meters down the road. By this panel, look left for a track. This track
takes you to a closed gate, where you bend right, on a path that is
hardly visible. In few minutes, the path becomes clear. Follow the path
and not the track above it.
In Torre Baja, the path joins a track (5h20min) (760
m). Turn right and
cross the N-420 by a signpost. On the other side of the road you see a
red kilometer post with the text "N-420 km 540". By this pole
a narrow road turns off to the right. Descend on this road for two
minutes and turn left on a concrete road that crosses a bridge. From the
bridge you have a lovely view down to the torrential water.
Immediately after the bridge, turn left (5h27min) (740 m). A canal
with rapidly running water lines the left hand side of the track. By the
old mill of San Jose (5h37min) (735
m), turn left. After that you cross
a river and turn right. When the track forks, go left (5h45min) (730 m).
Just before reaching the N-420 above you, turn right on a narrower
track that crosses a bridge (5h55min) (730 m). Immediately after the
bridge, turn left. The track starts to ascend gently and leaves the
river behind. On top of the hill, you see Torre Alta in the valley below
(6h15min) (755 m). As soon as you enter Torre Alta (6h25min)
you encounter signposts. Walk through the village following the sign for
Mas de Jacinto. On the other side of the village, you find another sign
for Mas de Jacinto (6h39min) (750 m). When the concrete way ends, some
hundret meters further, fork right on a track.
The track takes you by a stream (6h46min) (750 m), which you cross
with the help of stepping stones. Walking on a track you see the Bridge
of Angelica on your left. Cross this Turia river
(6h48min) and ascend on a
path back to the parking place of the restaurant (6h53min).