Put on your walking boots and grab your rucksack and your camera, because the Lozoya valley in the Sierra Norte region of Madrid is waiting to welcome you with a special route offering a host of natural attractions, beautiful scenery, monuments, towns and villages and traditions in the heart of nature.

The Lozoya valley has a nature route that offers the chance to immerse yourself completely in your natural surroundings, while revealing the most spectacular landscapes and making you feel genuinely free. The main route links the areas of Rascafría and El Cuadrón. It starts at the Puente del Perdón bridge, just in front of the monastery of Santa María del Paular, which known for its secret history: condemned prisoners had to cross the bridge before sentencing while it was decided whether they would go to the gallows or be allowed to continue on over the bridge to freedom. You'll be able to cross it without any problem and enjoy the peace and quiet and the natural landscapes on a footpath lined with poplars that will take you directly to the village of Rascafría. And once you're there, what about a walk around its town centre? When you finish, continue on towards Oteruelo del Valle until you come to Alameda del Valle, and then on to Pinilla del Valle, where you'll be able to see some lovely views of the reservoir down in the valley, visit one of its three archaeological sites, or step into the church of San Miguel Arcángel. After your visit, leave the village of Pinilla and continue on along the banks of the reservoir until you reach Lozoya. Keep going towards the Garganta de los Montes gorge –with its views over the Sequillo river reservoir– and you'll come to the end of the route: El Cuadrón. But the route doesn't stop there, because we suggest trying one of the alternative routes described below: 1. Los Batanes Route. Its starts 100 metres outside Rascafría and goes through the famous monastery of Santa María del Paular and the Giner de los Ríos Arboretum, both well worth a visit. The route continues through a private estate until you come to the Puente del Perdón bridge and then goes on through a poplar grove. 2. Route of the shrine of Santa Ana. From Oteruelo del Valle and crossing the Lozoya river via a small bridge, you'll come to a narrow path that takes you to the shrine of Santa Ana. 3. Route of the shrine of La Concepción. In Pinilla del Valle you take a route running parallel to the road that will lead you directly to the shrine. 4. Route of the shrine of La Fuensanta. This is a route there and back. In the village of Lozoya, look for the church of San Salvador and go up a steep street until you reach a hollow where you'll find the shrine. What's more, this is the place to drink some of the clearest waters in these mountains. 5. Route of the shrine of Los Prados. Before reaching the Garganta de los Montes gorge, you can make a visit to this shrine and restore your strength in its recreation area before continuing on the route towards El Cuadrón, the end of the nature route. By bike or on foot? Drop into the MBT centre in the Lozoya valley, choose your route, and set out on your adventure!  

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