- Difficulty: Leisure
- Category: Donkey trekking, self-guided
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Recommended time of year: 1st April - 31st October
Self-guided, donkey trekking trail for grown-ups.
- Walking in the company of a donkey who will carry your luggage.
- Charming rural hotels along the way for you and an obliging field for your donkey nearby, each night.
- Delightful walks along beautiful countryside in Guadarrama National Park.
- Stunning traditional villages.
- Area of special protection for wildlife.
- One night in Segovia (World Heritage Site) and the medieval town of Pedraza.
In the footsteps of shepherds.
This is an exceptional walking tour. Trekking with a docile and intelligent donkey is an experience like no other. These loveable animals will make this wonderful walking tour a truly unforgettable one.
The tour starts in the World Heritage City of Segovia where you spend the first night. After a private transfer and briefing, you will meet your donkey and be taught how to load your luggage, feed, water and lead and look after him or her.
The walking takes place along a section of the ancient drover´s way known as the “Cañada Real Soriana Occidental”, a protected strip of countryside (90 meters wide) crossing the Spanish landscape for 700kms, from Soria on the North East to Badajoz in the South West.
Since medieval times, when wool was a precious commodity, huge flocks of sheep have travelled south each autumn in search of milder weather and fresh pastures and back to the North to spend the summer months.
All this along the northern slopes of the Guadarrama Nature Reserve, an area renowned for its wildlife and stunning scenery. We move your luggage between our hand-picked hotels, so you can travel light.
Which airport should I fly to? Madrid International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point? Catch an AVE (High Speed Train) from Madrid to Segovia (12,20€, takes 30 mins). From here we take you to the starting point for free
How do I get back? Again, we´ll include the final transfer from Gallegos to Segovia for free so that you can catch an AVE (High Speed Train) back into Madrid (12,20€, takes 30mins).
Day 1: Arrival to Segovia
This walking tour begins in the monumental city of Segovia. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, you will spend the first night in the city and have a chance to explore its many historic jewels.
Day 2: Somosierra to Rosuero
You will have a private transfer and brefing in the morning to take you up to the mountain village of Somosierra where our donkeys live. Here you will meet your donkey and be shown how to load the luggage, and look after your donkey. You will then set off for your first walk descending from the mountain to the foothills.
10,6 miles (17 km).
Day 3: Rosuero to Pradena
Today your walk will take you along the ancient drover´s trail for the first time. The trail takes along the foothills of the Guadarrama Mountain Range, now a National Park. You and your donkey will get to know each other better today and find your pace.
10 miles (16 km).
Day 4: Pradena to Gallegos
Another walk moving south west along the foothills will take you through an unusual protected Juniper forest and on to an oak woodland spending the day in a truly undisturbed natural environment.
8,7 miles (14 km).
Day 5: Gallegos to Navafria
A final day walking along the shepherds drove trail to finish at the quaint mountain village of Navafria, But before, you will enter the pine woodland nearer to the mountains and visit a local beauty spot: the waterfall "el Chorro”.
10 miles (16 km).
Day 6: Navafria to Requijada
Today’s walk takes you away from the drover´s trail and along & above the River Cega, crossing it at a lovely old bridge to pass through the village of Valle de San Pedro. You rise up to the ruined church of San Justo y Pastor, standing alone on a hill to then drop down through the tiny hamlet of La Mata. From here a path will lead you along a very picturesque route into Requijada.
9,3 miles (15 km).
Day 7: Requijada to Pedraza
A tiny country road drops you down to the river valley you crossed yesterday. From here you wind along a flat shelf of land which leads you winding up into the hills, where you pick up a trail with outstanding views of the honey coloured medieval village of Pedraza. A short ascent brings you to this perfectly preserved medieval village.
8,7 miles (14 km)
Day 8: Departure or extra nights in Segovia or Madrid
One 3*** city hotel and six high quality small rural hotels (3 or 4 stars).
Day 1 Segovia
Day 2 Rosuero
Day 3 Pradena
604€ per adult.
Donkey hire 175€.
- 7 nights’ accommodation.
- Free transfers between Segovia and the walking area.
- 7 breakfasts.
- Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
- Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
- Emergency support.
- Activity insurance.
- Donkey hire.
Galindo, Ligoncete, Marina, Gordito, Madrileño… Our donkeys live in the Guadarrama Mountains and are experienced trekking companions. They are tall donkeys of a Spanish race called Zamorano: docile, tranquil animals of unexpected intelligence! You will be surprised at how well they keep a good pace and how they can carry the children without complaint!