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Barjacoba, Pías, Villanueva de la Sierra
Places of Interest: Barjacoba, Pías y Villanueva de la Sierra
We will take the A-52 motorway towards Galicia, we will leave at the top of the Canda, at the exit of Villavieja to Mezquita and immediately from the exit, we go to the right looking for the ZA-102 direction Pías and Porto. Once past the town of Pias, the first crossing to the right indicates Barjacoba, we parked in the entrance that is where this route begins.Shortly after leaving Barjacoba, we will cross the Barjacoba River, which used to move a few flour mills in the past, to follow among fields surrounded by poplars. On a paved road we will ascend to the Cruz de la Mata the shadow of the birches, oaks and hazels that will accompany us most of the time. We will find numerous crosses that were put to scare the storms and to protect the cattle and the inhabitants of the place. Later we will cross the Arroyo de Val and climb up to the Sistral sheepfolds where we find a neighborhood of Pías called the Corrals of Xaneiro, each neighbor had one of these buildings today very ruined, where to store cattle during the night while grazing in the Mountain range. We will go down to the Arroyo de Xaneiro that we will have to cross. We start ascending towards Lama da Loba which is a stop over the village of Pias. To get here we will pass through a forest of oaks and birches. The landscape, the sound of the river and the streams, as well as the smell of vegetation, encourage the way to the village of Pias, which is the closing of the Bibey river valley. This town is formed by districts distant from each other. We arrived at Barrio Da Arbriñosa. This neighborhood is located 7.1 km from the town of Barjacoba. From here we take the ZA-102 first to Barrio Do Poleiro, we leave the road and cross the Barrio Do Cabeiqueiro and then continue with the traditional road to Villanueva de la Sierra. Once we have arrived in the village we have to return by the same traditional way to the neighborhoods and town of Pías, entering first, in the neighborhood Do Cabeiqueiro, then, and by the Highway ZA-102, Barrio Do Poleiro, Barrio Da Arbriñosa and finally Pias. We only separate 5.6 km from the town of Barjacoba, for this we must continue a section along the road ZA-102, where we will have to exercise extreme caution. After passing the river of Barjacoba and crossing the road that takes us to the town of Barjacoba, we will return to take a traditional road that will take us to the Cheeses of Pedro Carracedo, and a little further up we reach the traditional road of Barjacoba As Lamas , Road that leads to Curro dos Lobos. We will go down this road to Barjacoba where we can observe the panoramic views of the Barjacoba River, Mata Ladeira, Cruz de la Mata, Pedra do Bedul.
The area of Alta Sanabria was formerly known for paths, paths, and roads, known today as the traditional roads. These roads allowed and allowed to unite the populations with the farms, pastures and forests of the area, as well as the union of the different towns and their neighbors in order to facilitate the relations between them. Many of these roads have disappeared or are in very poor traffic conditions due to the lack of population, livestock and of course the decline in agricultural work and population. The main roads remain faithful to its birth, being today roads whose primary use is the walk, mushroom picking, arrival at the farms or the little cattle still left. In the traditional ways we can find wooden signs with a yellow arrow indicating the direction.
Traditional way of the Town Hall of Pías, can be done at any time of the year looking for the charm of each season, it is an access road to farms with some stretch of road, can be done on foot, by bicycle and horse. In this habitat we can see animals like roe deer, wild boar and eagles among others. In summer it is a route with fresh zones, since it runs in the majority of the sites by zones covered with trees. This valley is dedicated mainly to livestock and agriculture.
It is aimed at everyone who is physically well prepared for the amount of kilometers they have and their hard stretches. Suitable for children taking precautions somewhere, especially in areas of road.