THE WALK OF MR HENDERSON'S RAILWAY
From Benaoján Estación to Jimera de Libar
Time Required: 2.5/3 hours
Map: IGN 1:50000 Ubrique (1050/14-44) & Cortes de la Frontera (1064/14-45)
Water: no springs along the way so take plenty
|GRAZALEMA The Walk of Mr Henderson's Railway|
The walk begins on the platform of the Estación de Benaoján. From here head south along the platform, then drop down to the road. Continue past Bar Stop. After 75m turn left and cross over a level crossing.
The road drops down, passes between two garish modern houses, crosses the river Guadiaro and you reach a sign marking the beginning of the walk to Jimera. Here turn right onto a track which runs along the left bank of the river. Soon you pass an abandoned farm with 3 magnificent old palm trees. The track narrows to become a path which shortly crosses a small wooden bridge then bears right and passes a ruined farm (10 mins).
Shortly after the farm the path divides. Take the left fork which leads slightly away from the river. The path leads through a gate and shortly afterwards you’ll see that the railway is now on your side of the river. Don't deviate from this path.
You eventually drop down, cross a (dry) stream via a small wooden bridge and after a short distance a concrete water channel runs to the left of the path. Soon you pass a rusting black and white sign ‘Ojo al Tren’ then come to a sign for ‘Via Pecuaria’: you are on the old drover’s path that lead from Cortes to Ronda. (1hr 15 mins).
Careful! Here a yellow and white PR post directs you hard round to the right towards the railway line. You have a choice:
In dry weather follow the PR directions by looping hard right, crossing the railway line, then bearing left and following a narrow path between a fence on the left and brambles on the right. The path meets with a dirt track which in turn soon meets a concrete road. Here turn left and you arrive at the Quercus restaurant (in a converted railway shed). From here the station platform of Jimera de Líbar is just 100m along the track (1 hr 35 mins).
In wet weather (when the path beyond the track can be waterlogged) don't cross the tracks. Continue on your same course, sticking to the east side of the tracks. The path passes just to the left of a goat farm, then meets a broader track. Here bear left. Just past a ramshackle fence made of railway sleepers and all manner of junk the track crosses a bridge and comes to a fork. Bearing right you pass a number of modern houses then reach the east side of Jimera de Libar station (1 hr 35 mins).
If planning to lunch at the Quercus restaurant, you need to cross the tracks and turn right. After lunch, either return by this same route or take the train. It is just a seven minute ride back to Benaoján Estación along Mr Henderson’s railway line.
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