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Stage 29: Montamarta – Riego del Camino (15.7 Km)
Montamarta – Fontanillas de Castro: 0-11.9 km
Fontanillas de Castro – Riego del Camino: 11.9-15.7 (3.8 km)
The hostel of Montamarta is located just before the entrance to the town on the right hand side of the N-630. Cross the town and at the exit we meet the Ricobayo reservoir. In theory the camino goes down to the reservoir and up by the church of la Virgen del Castillo. But the reservoir nearly always has water so it is advisable to take the N-630. Cross the bridge we meet at the edge of the town and after take a left turn to get to the path near to the church of la Virgen del Castillo.
The path runs more or less parallel to the N-630 but it is far enough away that we do not notice the highway. At 5.1 km from the hostel of Montamarta we cross to the right side of the N-630 (photo 1 km 5.1). After 800 metres we cross again the N-630 (photo 2 km 6) and will find a pylon with a staff and a gourd (photo 3 km 6.3). We will then have bypassed the reservoir of Ricobayo (photo 4 km 7.3).
If you are cycling or the water level of the reservoir is high and it has rained, it is recommended that you take the N-630 highway to Fontanillas de Castro. If you go by the reservoir the path there is quite faded and trails of in several directions. We have to continue along the the banks of the reservoir going right until we get back to the N-630, 3km after we left the foot of the bridge crossing the reservoir (photo 5 km 8.5).
We continue along the N-630 and 1.2 km before arriving at Fontanillas de Castro, we see a left turn for Castillo de Castrotorafe (photo 6 km 10.2). We enter Fontanillas de Castro by the N-630. At the entrance we find a gas station and a bar, the only ones in town. In the church there is an inscription of the Vía de la Plata (photo 7).
We leave the town by the road calle Barca that leads to a dirt road (photo 8 km 12.7 and photo 9 km 15) which after 4 km will bring us (with no chance of getting lost) to the hostel Riego del Camino.
In Riego del Camino there is a shop and bar.