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Stage 3: Castilblanco – Almadén de la Plata (29.2 km)
Castilblanco de los Arroyos – Entrance property del Berrocal: 0-16.5 km
Entrance property del Berrocal – Almaden de la Plata: 16.5 – 29,2 (12.7 km)
This stage is divided into two distinct parts:
We leave the hostel by Antonio Machado street until we reach a roundabout where we take the road on the left (SE-405). We follow this road for 16.5 km, the terrain is continuously undulating (photo 1 km 4.5).
The second stage begins at 16.5 km, where we find the entrance to the property del Berrocal (photo 2), in the Sierra Norte Natural Park, a landscape of great beauty (photos 3, 4 and 5). The path runs onto firm ground until we near the end, where we find the ascent to Calvario (photo 6 km 25.7). This isn´t a long climb (about 1km) but very steep.
It is impossible to come up by bike so we need to get off and push. Despite there being an alternate route for bicycles, we thought it worthwhile crossing the park as ultimately we have to get off the bike to climb Calvary anyhow. But if you are someone who does not want to set foot on the ground, you have the option to go on the road to Almadén.
Upon reaching the top of Calvary (photo 7 km 27.3) we still have a very steep descent down a path of large stones (photo 8 km 27.6) which leads directly to Almadén de la Plata.