Ilsos de Ribacoba form the crossroads of three ancient roads, on an esplanade at the foot of Mount Burgueño. In the middle of the countryside, several islands or cairns border the municipalities of Karrantza, Valle de Villaverde (Cantabria) and Artzentales. There are engraved inscriptions and dates; the oldest date back to 1579.
To get to the starting point of the route, we will drive from the Concha to Montañán neighborhood. We will cross the neighborhood and continue on the paved road uphill, taking a sharp right turn. 300 m later, we will find the first crossing, which we will turn to the right. At only 100 m, we will take the second crossing (also on the right). We will continue by car along the road, passing a Canadian pass and continuing straight on. This road will take us to Sobrepeña, one of the most peculiar corners of Karrantza, both for its views and for the Ermita de San Isidro (hermitage), the patron saint of cattle farmers.
Here, we will park our car and start the walking route along a paved and dirt road, lined with pines and beech trees, which will take us into the Ribacoba countryside. When we reach the highest part, we will take a path on the left that will reveal a trench dating from the Civil War and the prehistoric mound: Campa de Ribacoba. Continuing the trench, we will reach the Ilsos. To return, we join the track again and we return by the same path.
Distance: 8 Km
Grade: 305 m
Itinerary type: Loop
Estimated time: 3
Type of terrain: Tracks, concrete roads, trails and asphalt
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