San Clemente – Las Pedroñeras (23,7 km)
*[(Variante camino de la Santa Cruz, por calle Boteros, (Plaza Mayor)].
Leave San Clemente through La Trinidad street, Horno de Monteagudo and Cruz Cerrada, where the San Roque hermitage is located. At the end of the street you take the road that you can see ahead crossing the Guardia Civil Avenue.
If you go out of the hostel, turn right into Emiliano Fernández Ayuso street, when you get to Guardia Civil Avenue, turn left to find the road on your right.
When you pass a kind of warehouse, take the track on the left, which you follow until you reach Casas del Tesorero; on the right you will have left a farm and a geodesic point. Leave the path that you are and continue along one on the left (be careful, as it is a small hill on the left) to cross the Pago de la Casa del Tesorero or Casa de Torrecillas, until you reach meandering onto another wide path, where you turn right, towards the Casa del Cantor, which will always lead us to Santiago de la Torre, the Santiago de la Torre commission, which in its day must have served as a defence to the passage of the river Záncara and today is an abandoned village crowned by an enormous castle, inhabited only by a shepherd and his flocks. The village is crossed, the river Záncara is crossed by a recent bridge and the pilgrim enters Los Arenales, reddish sands where the vine is cultivated, and the Columns of Santiago. Always heading west, and leaving aside all the roads that cross the one that leads to it, one arrives at the town.
The track ends at the main road to Pedroñeras, but about 100 metres before you take a dirt road that starts on the right, called Doña Elvira road, at the end of which you can see the church tower. Until here 23,7 Km.
You enter by the Concejo street, you follow by the Jábega street, you cross the CM-3110, you continue until the Mayor street and the Town Hall. This population was in principle a inn for the passage of stagecoaches. It was constituted as a village with the people of the villages of San Blas, Santiago de la Torre and El Robledillo, back in 1576, when Felipe II gave it to Jorge Manrique. The church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and dates back to the 16th century. The hermitage of the Holy Sepulchre has a plateresque doorway from the village of San Blas that is well worth a visit, as well as the old Jesuit Residence and the Molina Palace House. Most of the buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
This town is known to be one of the most important in the cultivation of purple garlic.
- Town Hall: Plaza Constitución, 1. Tel: 967 139 002
- Local Police: Tels: 661 442 370 and 967 162 182.
- Hostal El Bomba: Ctra. N-301 Km 160. Tel: 685 949 729. (price room 35€. menu 12€).
- Restaurant Castilla: Av. Príncipe Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, 159. pilgrim menu 8,50€ essential to present credential.