Pilgrim of Saint James. Stage 4 – 93 Km.
From Aldea del Camino (Cáceres) to Salamanca
Pilgrim to Santiago in bikes. We start by road, then continue along the reconstructed road leading to the hermitage of Humilladero, at the gates of Baños de Montemayor. There is no better possible start than facing the rise to the Port of Béjar by the stretch of the Roman road that emerges at the exit of Baños de Montemayor, restored in the 70s. The climb becomes more pleasant, avoiding asphalt and revolts of the N-630.
In full ascension, we say goodbye to Extremadura and we enter Castile through the province of Salamanca (in the limit of provinces there is a Roman sewer). The path brings us back to the road and through it we reach the stop.
The presence of miliarios wins by a landslide to any other type of Roman vestiges that still survive on the ancient road. Following La Calzada, after the Magdalena bridge (popularly La Malena), a corral on the right hand holds one of the best preserved miliaries of the entire Way: it is number CXXXIII, perhaps the most inscribed miliary of the entire Way .
We enjoy a stretch of 3 km along the river, which runs to our right; we link again with the old Calzada, which rises sharply and then softens until we reach Calzada de Béjar. We leave the town by road, but soon we return to the Camino, to llanear for 6 km through the Sangusín valley.
We did not take long to cross Valverde de Valdelacasa to take the road that covers the old Calzada and that leads us, in a gentle but constant climb, to the next town: Valdelacasa. The Calzada is 2 km away, recently recovered. Surrounded by oaks, we still take the road once more, to reach Fuenterroble de Salvatierra by it.
We leave the asphalt and continue along a wide path of cattle under which the Calzada disguises itself, which in a straight line takes us to the place known as the Fuensanta. The landscape is formed by some oaks scattered through the grass and two concrete and wire fences that delimit the width of the string.
We reach the stream of Navalcuervo and, after a small slope, to a holm oak wood where stands a wooden cross and a hut built with branches. We start here the climb to Pico de la Dueña, the highest point from Seville, where stands a large cross of Santiago, which was commissioned by the pastor of Fuenterroble, Blas Rodríguez.
We go down and continue on the side of the road to the dehesa of Calzadilla de los Mendigos. On the left, the remains of a church in whose door there are two incomplete milestones. We continue by road to San Pedro de Rozados. Through a wide and clear track that, in a straight line, follows the laying of telephone poles, we arrive at Morille.
After several slides, the landscape changes and we enter a more pleasant area populated by oaks. In short, we see in front a less green and more ocher universe that announces the arrival of concentration tracks and goodbye to the shelter of the shadow. Through this plain that begins to monopolize everything you reach the vega del Tormes and its Roman bridge to enter Salamanca.
Enjoy this stage Pilgrim to Santiago in bikes.