ATTENTION. TEMPORARILY CLOSED STAGE
This section is not difficult at all, but you should perhaps keep in mind the weather, looking out for the strong winds or the fog that may be present during your ascent to the Encinas Borrachas (Drunken Holm Oaks). We will also have to cross or walk along the A-369 road, so watch out for the passing vehicles. Although we will always walk down livestock trails and public paths, some go through private ranches dedicated to stock breeding, agriculture or hunting; therefore, we must never abandon the road nor bother the cattle. Its is important that you bring along enough water because, although there are several fountains along the way, they may be dry. As in previous sections, we remind you that you must close the several gates you will encounter as you cross them on your way.
The sixth section of the Gran Senda (Great Track) runs through two areas of great geographic and historic importance to the region. On one hand, we have the river basin of the Audalázar stream, one of the main sources of the river Genal, and on the other, the Meseta rondeña (Plateau of Ronda), surrounded by all the mountain ranges that make up the Serranía de Ronda. The first stretch of this section includes the Vereda de la Fuente del Espino, which crosses the valley of the Audalázar stream to get to the Vereda del Camino de Ronda, and which we already know from the previous section. From the puerto de las Encinas Borrachas (Drunken Holm Oaks pass), the highest point of this part of our journey, we will enjoy great panoramic views of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park and the hollow of Ronda, which is surrounded by vast holm oak forests. Before we arrive in Ronda, we will go through the spectacular setting of the Tajo del Abanico, moulded by the Sijuela stream and by other weathering agents. Finally, amongst farming grounds and cortijos (country houses), we enter the town of Ronda through the popular barrio de San Francisco (San Francisco neighbourhood), and finish our journey through the GR-141.
GR-141 Gran Senda de la Serranía de Ronda is a circular trail composed of 6 separate routes along a large part of the Serranía de Ronda.
It is perfectly well known that you will enjoy unforgettable landscapes exploring the region off-road. Unlike other regions with a gentler orography, this fact becomes especially true in the Serranía de Ronda because modern roads were not built, for technical reasons, along ancient paths which used to link different villages. Thus an unexplored world with stories and tales, fountains, abandoned alquerias (old farmhouses), mills and cortijos (typical Andalucian country houses) is out there awaiting a doughty explorer to discover it. You will need to park your car, put your hiking boots on and follow the route. The Gran Senda de la Serranía de Ronda is waiting for you.
You will not feel alone at any time as the trail goes through most of the small villages in the Serranía where you can have a well-deserved rest in bars and restaurants, buy food for the hike and even stay overnight in a cottage or a small hotel.