Acebeas to Navalperal Hiking Route

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Acebeas to Navalperal Hiking Route

This route allows visitors to admire one of the most outstanding sites in the Iberian Peninsula from a botanical point of view, whilst also affording beautiful panoramic views. Las Acebeas boasts a particularly wet and cool microclimate and as a result, a surprising hazel grove is found growing beneath the canopy of Corsican pines – the southernmost grove of its kind in Spain – along with many large holly trees. There is also an abundance of climbing plants, such as ivy and clematis, along with species that are very rare in Andalusia, such as wild strawberries and common hepatica. This causes the area to transmit a sense of freshness and lush vegetation more typically found in northern forests.

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NAME OF ROUTE TYPE OF ROUTE
PR-A 176 Acebeas-Cumbre de Navalperal Linear (return the same way)
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)

From Siles: at kilometre 12 on the JF-7012 provincial road you will find a forest trail on the right-hand side, leading off in the opposite direction, with a barrier preventing vehicle access and bearing the sign "Camino de Las Acebeas". From Segura de la Sierra: at kilometre 8.4 on the JF-7032 provincial road (heading in the direction of the mountains), turn left towards Siles. The forest trail is situated around 1.5 kilometres further down, on the left-hand side.

1350
ARRIVAL POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Cumbre de Navalperal Lookout Hut 1646
TOTAL DISTANCE (M): 3250 (ONE WAY)
Asphalted or paved sections (m): 0 0% of total
Tracks, forest trails or watercourses (m): 2700 % of total
Footpaths (m): 550 % of total
Drovers' roads/bridlepaths (m) % of total
ESTIMATED WALKING TIME
1 hour 55 minutes (round trip)
TYPE OF TERRAIN (ROCKY, SANDY, ETC.)
Sandy and rocky
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENT: 323 M
Cumulative ascent 343 m
Cumulative descent 24 m
DIFICULTAD. DIFFICULTY ACCORDING TO ENVIRONMENT, ROUTE, PROGRESS AND EFFORT

ENVIRONMENT: the severity of the natural environment. 2

ROUTE: orientating yourself on the route. 1

PROGRESS: the difficulty of progressing along the route. 2

EFFORT: the amount of effort needed. 2
ACCESSIBILITY
Horseback, bicycle and on foot
MAPS
IGN topographical map of ANDALUSIA (1:25,000), page 22
WAYPOINTS (IN SEQUENCE OF OUTWARD LEG)


Short Name

Description

Coordinates

Elevation (m)

1

Start

30S
x=537235 y=4241581

1350

2

Large Holly and Hazel Forest

30S
x=537014 y=4241294

1349

3

Las Acebeas Forest House

30S
x=536866 y=4241564

1371

4

Panoramic Views

30S
x=536433 y=4241605

1548

5

Diversion

30S
x=536343 y=4241616

1596

6

Lookout Hut

30S
x=536380 y=4241201

1646

 

Ruta a Pie: Acebeas - Navalperal

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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This route allows visitors to admire one of the most outstanding sites in the Iberian Peninsula in botanical terms, whilst also affording beautiful panoramic views.Las Acebeas boasts a particularly wet and cool microclimate and as a result, a surprising hazel grove is found growing beneath the canopy of Corsican pines – the southernmost grove of its kind in Spain – along with many large holly trees.There is also an abundance of climbing plants, such as ivy and clematis, along with species that are very rare in Andalusia, such as wild strawberries and common hepatica. This causes the area to transmit a sense of freshness and lush vegetation more typically found in northern forests.

As you ascend, you will notice maples and different species of oak mixed in among the pines, eventually giving way to laburnum and Mediterranean false-brome. The route ends at the lookout hut, perched on a windy promontory which boasts exceptionally panoramic views. Before travelling back down, it is worth strolling over the limestone crag of Navalperal to enjoy its meadows and typical karst landscape.

Due to the exceptional nature of these hazel and holly-tree woodlands, unique in southern Spain, coupled with the presence of numerous endemic and endangered plant species, this area was declared a nature reserve and is now known as the Las Acebeas-Nava del Espino Reserve. It enjoys the highest levels of protection anywhere in the park.

Just 600 metres from the starting point you will come across Las Acebeas Forest House, consisting of two handsome buildings surrounded by a number of yews: the building first is used by environment officials and the second, which has recently been restored, was previously used by foresters . The forest trail narrows at this point and veers left.

After 2.7 kilometres, leave the forest trail and turn left on to the well-signposted footpath. (If you prefer, you may also continue along the forest trail, which proceeds in a wide, gentle loop around the central part of the crag, and meet up once again with the footpath.proceeds in a wide, gentle loop around the central part of the crag, and meet up once again with the footpath.) The footpath will take you through a clearing and on towards a series of boundary stones, before arriving at the lookout hut (used to watch for forest fires) after 3.2 kilometres.

This spot offers breathtaking panoramic views of the provinces of Jaen, Ciudad Real, Albacete and Granada. Towards the north you will be able to spot the plains of La Mancha and the Alcaraz and Calar del Mundo mountain ranges, while to the west you will see the cliffs of Segura La Vieja, the high valley of Trujala, the town of Orcera and the keep of Segura de la Sierra Castle. To the south, you can espy Yelmo, and Banderillas in the background, along with the impressive bulk of La Sagra and the Cazorla mountain range, and finally to the east you can feast your eyes on the peak of Cerrico de Las Mentiras and the nearby limestone crags of Navalespino and Morillas.
ELEVATION PROFILE

Ruta a Pie: Acebeas - Navalperal

POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPALITY/IES
Siles
COUNTY/IES
Comarca de Segura
NEARBY RECREATION AND SPORTS AREAS
Las Acebeas, La Peña del Olivar, Los Negros
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST (ARCHITECTURAL, HISTORICAL/CULTURAL AND GEOLOGICAL

Throughout its entire length the route borders one of the nature reserves within the park: the reserve enjoys the highest possible levels of protection (Grade A), owing to its great environmental significance. The route is signposted "PR".

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Ruta a Pie: Acebeas - Navalperal



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