Along 33,960 hectares in the eastern part of the Central System, the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, with its high rocky peaks, its green valleys and its lush forests. One of the best ways to discover all the charms of this protected area is through hiking routes, such as the Schmid Trail or the itinerary to Chorro de Navafría.

Another route that we can do in this natural park so close to the city of Madrid is the Barondillo Yew Routewhich leads us to a truly special copy of Tejo: the oldest tree in the Sierra de Guadarrama.

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The Barondillo Yew Route

The Barondillo Tejo Route has a length of 14 km, which means a duration of 4 and a half hoursto which is added a difference in altitude of 300 meters. The starting point is La Isla recreational area, in the Paular Valley. From there we will begin to walk along a path surrounded by pine trees, which takes us fully into the natural beauty of the Sierra de Guadarrama. All this in parallel to the waters of the Angostura streamalso passing next to the Pradillo Dam.

Valhondillo yew.
Valhondillo yew.

Continuing along the path, we will also reach the Valhondillo stream, next to which a yew forest that is hundreds of years old opens its way. There stands imposingly the one baptized as Tejo de Valhondillo, protected within the category of Singular Trees of the Community of Madridwhich includes those specimens protected by the Administration due to their age, size, rarity or importance historical, cultural or scientific.

In this case, the Tejo de Valhondillo, also known as Tejo del Arroyo de Valhondillo, has an age of between 1,500 and 2,000 years, approximately. As for its size, it is surprising with its 15 meters high and 3 meters in diameter. On the other hand, in this area we will also find other specimens that deserve a mention, such as the Rock Yewwhich stands out among the others for its curious shapes.

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How to get to the start of the route

He car trip from the city of Madrid to the La Isla Recreational Area is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes via the A-6 and the M-601. From the city of Segovia, it is only 50 minutes on the CL-601.

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