It is a linear path of little difficulty that travels in the middle of the itinerary on paved or concreted roads, alternating both types continuously, so extreme caution will be necessary in areas where there is coincidence with road traffic.
Virtually the entire route runs parallel to the Guadalcobacín River (which marks the border between the municipalities of Ronda and Arriate) or in its vicinity. In fact, we will have to cross that river. This fact will mark a good part of the landscape, since we will have nearby the gallery forest of the river with its own species such as elms, poplars, poplars, etc ...
Paths that link:
- Link with the PR-A 250 From Arriate to Ronda at the beginning
- Crossing with Stage 3 of the GR 7 E-4 Athens Fare at km 7
- Partial coincidence with SL-A 10 Professor Paco Marín.
Stage 4 takes the route through the Béticas Mountains and brings the Alternative Route 249.5 between Campillos and Ronda to an end. It does so through an area of clay and sandstone, in the wide river valley of the Guadalcobacín River and its tributary, La Ventilla stream. Mirrored on both sides is a landscape of vegetable plots, cereals, olive groves and vineyards, while Holm oak and Pine woodland crowns the hills. The route runs parallel to the river, flowing to the south-west and turns south as soon as it crosses over the watercourse, to then make its way up to Ronda.
At the start and end of the Stage are two unique spots. Beginning at the narrow, winding course of La Ventilla stream, declared a Riverside Site of Environmental Interest for its natural treasures. This also cuts through and forms the backbone of the pretty village of Arriate. At the end is the Pine forest with century-old Holm oaks in the traditional pastureland of the Dehesa del Mercadillo, protected as a Semi-urban Park.
The route is fairly easy, with no steep inclines. The first part of the route climbs several times up above the Guadalcobacín River before dropping down again to the riverbank with its luscious greenery. The last section does climb to some 200 metres above the riverside, which lies at 500 metres above sea level. At one point, you must also cross this at a ford.
The main feature of the route, regarding the human influence and the landscape, is its fertile agricultural land. It characterises the whole way from Arriate onwards, through the Huertas Primeras to the Huerta Alcubillas, where it crosses the railway line. A large part of the route runs through the area of land between the well-irrigated farmland and the dry, rainfed land, belonging to hundreds of small properties. These make up a tremendously attractive mosaic and you are rewarded with panoramic views from the end of the stage.
In contrast to this anthropized environment is the large biodiversity, which is a result of the respectful and traditional way of farming and the kilometres of natural perimeter hedges, island forests and the riverside forest of the Guadalcobacín. It is a highly recommended stage for observing wildlife.
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.
The city of Ronda has an enormous historical, civil and religious artistic heritage, in addition to the numerous museums that make it worth a careful visit (Arab walls and gates, New Bridge over the Tagus, Arab Baths, Bullring of the Royal Cavalry Maestranza, numerous palaces, etc.) . In Ronda, the impressive Mediterranean forest through which this stage runs stands out, with impressive specimens of holm oaks and gall oaks, in addition to shrubs such as coscoja. On the other hand, the municipality of Ronda has surface area in the natural parks of Grazalema and Sierra de las Nieves, of high ecological value.