The Basal Route and the Ballobar Ripas

This route allows to combine the scenic interest of the large cliffs of compact clay, with the flora and fauna typical of the basal lagoon, rest area for various birds in migration and natural habitat for others. We will start in the village of Ballobar, next to the Valvado ravine from there we will take a track that goes up to the cemetery, we cross the Tejería ravine, we leave a crossroads to our right and immediately another one to the left reaching the detour that leads to the chapel of San Juan Bautista. From the top of the ripas, over the urban area, there is a spectacular view of Ballobar and the Ripa del Pilar. We return to the detour and continue straight ahead, through a flat track to turn at the first junction on the left. We pass by several forks and proceed in a straight line to connect with the road of the Sabinal, flooded in rainy times. After passing under the high voltage line, we continue to a new crossroads, where the Tetín raft is located. At the fork, turn left, heading south, along the path of Los Frailes. This area is also easily flooded, which indicates the arrival to El Basal, which is a depression excavated in limestone and Tertiary marls, covered with a slight sheet of water with little salt. This wetland is a traditional resting place for migratory waterbirds, as well as being an ideal place for different plants and crops. Continuing along the path of Los Frailes, we come to one of the many masses that surround the area, the Estanquero. We went a few meters south, we passed a scale and one shortly after, we went to the A-2214 road. From this junction, we return to Ballobar, through crops, steppe zones, ripas and wildlife that inhabits El Basal.


  • Route: Round Trip
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Duration: 30 min
  • Distance: 270 m
  • Upload: 155 m
  • Descent: 155 m
  • Mode of Realization: On foot

link to the Basal Route and the Ballobar Ripas

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