10 years of Green Routes
The underground, the Light Railway, suburban train stations and city and intercity bus stops are the start and finish points of the Green Routes in the Region of Madrid, which celebrate their 10th anniversary with the inclusion of five new routes, designed for both cyclists and hikers.
Organised by the Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid (CRTM), the first three routes are the GR-7.6 Manzanares el Real-Colmenar Viejo, GR-7.7 Colmenar Viejo-Tres Cantos and GR-7.8 Tres Cantos-El Pardo. These three routes, which cover a total distance of 58 kilometres, form part of an old 117-kilometre route, covering the whole of the River Manzanares from its source at the Bola del Mundo until it flows into the River Jarama, very close to Rivas Vaciamadrid, hence becoming the fourth new Green Route presented by the Consortium.
This begins in the heart of the Guadarrama National Park, crosses two regional parks, travels close to a dozen historical bridges, three dams and by the remains of the old Manzanares Canal. Due to its considerable length, it has been designed in seven stretches, with all types of users being able to cover each stretch. The countryside crossed is full of contrasts and ranges from the high peaks of Pedriza del Manzanares to the seemingly endless holm oak woods of Monte del Pardo. The mid-point of the route crosses the popular Madrid Río Park, and ends up in the groves and lakes of the Southeast Regional Park. The fifth and final proposal is the GR-7.9 Madrid-Soto del Real route, which travels along the popular cycle path on the M-607 highway. This is a very popular route with athletes, particularly road cyclists, that can be accessed from Montecarmelo underground station or Fuencarral suburban train station.
LIST OF ROUTES
The Regional Government of Madrid offers a list of all these routes available on the . With the inclusion of the five new routes, a total of 42 are now available, covering a total of 707 kilometres passing through more than 30 municipalities in the region. All these routes have been designed to be enjoyed by hikers, runners and cyclists of all ages and levels. These routes have the particular feature of starting and finishing at a node on the public transport network: underground, Light Railway or suburban train stations, or suburban or intercity bus stops. They also indicate the intermediate stations or bus stops (if these exist), as well as the distance in kilometres and the level of difficulty of the route.