It is a linear path within the itinerary of the Great Path of Malaga as stage 3. On the way we will cross part of the municipality of Ronda, including the neighborhoods of Los Prados and La Cimada.
Paths that link:
- Link with SL-a 274 Cerro de Sabora.
- Coincidence with the PR-A 419 Las Carboneras for 2.6 km
- At the end of the Stage, link with the PR-A 250 De Arriate a Ronda and the GR 7 E4.
The longest stage of Variant 249.5, doubling the length of the others, is quite demanding from the sporting point of view, also due to the accumulated slopes.
The first 7 kilometers are the hardest, with the crossing through the Sierra del Padrastro and the Padrastrillo using irregular pavement mountain trails through fairly lonely places and with ascent to the maximum level of the Variant, 945 meters above sea level. The predominant direction is towards the west and reaches what was a large farmhouse until the end of the 19th century, when the Cañete la Real Railway Station was installed. The Watchtower, which acts as a hinge with the rest of the route, has traditionally been a crossroads for travelers and the natural connection of this part of the Sierra Malagueña with the Andalusian countryside following the river that begins here. From now on, curiously, you travel through the Guadalquivir hydrographic network, since this stream is the headwaters of the Corbones River, tributary in the Carmona area of the great fluvial artery.
The rest of the Path, in a southwesterly direction, is connecting through tighter forest passages or embedded valleys a series of large plains, which are tooth meadows or are planted with cereal. Sequentially they are the Navas of Cuatro Mojones, the Bourbon (and the Chaplaincy), Zaharilla and the Pool. These are located to the right or left of the road, which usually travels along the border between the forest and the work. In each of them, in addition, it is where the numerous Livestock Routes that served to manage livestock extensively of some of the best pastures in the Province of Malaga are crossed.
It is precisely through the valley of Majamoclón de los Borbollos that the railway line was built, which becomes a companion for quite a few kilometers. The last part is logically the most humanized. In the small valley that begins in Puerto del Monte, the fertility of the soils and the diversity of environments led to the establishment of numerous farmhouses and farmhouses dedicated to agriculture, which in the end generated relatively recently two population centers of Ronda, Los Prados and La Cimada, in practice they are closely linked to Arriate, which is right next door and marks the end of the Stage.
In Cañete la Real stands out the Hins Canit Castle, built in the ninth century by the Arabs commanded by Wasaya ibn al-Khalí, was part of the defensive belt of the rebel Omar Ibn Hafsun against the Andalusian caliphate. Apart from several churches and the Nasrid bridge of Ortegícar and the farmhouse tower, in Cañete the forest mass of the repopulation pine forests in the area of Las Carboneras and the pine forests of Ortegícar stands out. In the western area, the pastures of holm oaks near the hamlet of the Watchtower stand out.
In Arriate, the Church of San Juan de Laterán stands out, which dates from the seventeenth century and inside the Mudejar armor roof made by Francisco Hernández and Andrés Valverde in 1629 stands out. From the point of view of nature, point out the Gorge of the Ventilla stream, a natural space of great beauty located in the vicinity of the urban center and which can be reached by an enabled path.