Camino de los Molinos – Baños de la Hedionda

Distance: 9.7 miles
Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Min.Height: 127 feets
Max.Height: 1.226 feets
Level: Moderate
Conditions: Long distance, uneven surfaces, river crossings, 1.100 ascent/descent.

The route begins in the Plaza de España in Casares and returns to the same place. It has many twists and turns, especially after the Molino del Cancón, but is well waymarked and it is worth keeping a sharp eye out for these green and white signs.

The route follows Calle Juan Ceron and continues south past the new cemetery. At the junction of paths 3/4 mile further on we take the right turn and continue southwards. After 1/4 mile we arrive at the junction of two streams, which form the river Manilva. At the Fábrica de San Pablo we follow a footpath for about 700 yards, where we cross the river by the Molino de Abajo and cross it again a bit further on. These crossings are necessary due to the destruction of the original track through landslip. We then turn left and begin to ascend a rough dirt path. This takes us past the Molino del Madrileño, passing some stables and arriving at the ruins of the Molino del Cancón and its metal bridge. The route then goes along the left side of the valley, moving away from the river once again and travelling along a spectacular canyon surrounded by the karst formations of the Sierra de Utrera. The route continues to descend and crosses the river onto its right bank, passing the restored Molino de la Animas mill. From there, taking a dirt track, we soon arrive at the Baths of La Hedionda.