LOCATION AND ACCESS
The Risco Gordo is the highest spur of the Sierra del Pimpollar (836 m) and rises southeast of the town of Cañamero. Easy vehicle access is provided by a forest track that leaves the Guadalupe road a few metres to the right of the last houses of the town opposite the park. When the threshing floor of Las Escarihuelas is reached this geosite is already visible; we can take the forest track to the summit.
ATTRACTIONS OF THE VISIT
From the Risco Gordo vantage point we can observe the Appalachian relief of the Sierras de las Villuercas, the River Ruecas defile, the Santa Lucía-Río Ruecas syncline, the extensive Precambian peneplain of the Domo Centro-extremeño, and the sedimentary formations of the rañas de Cañamero of Plio-Quaternary age with their characteristic platforms or “plateaus” formed of pebbles of quartzites and clays from the erosion of nearby sierras.
Between the projections of the Armorican quartzites of the Sierra del Pimpollar fine examples of trace fossils can also be found: Cruziana and Skolithos (trails of trilobites and sandworms from the Ordovician).
To the north of the Risco Gordo we can make out the Risco del Castillo and the Risco de las Cuevas, which contain numerous rocky shelters with schematic cave paintings: Los Vencejos, the Cueva de Rosa, the shady side of the Castle, etc. The view also includes the foundations of the Muslim castle of Cañamero where the prince of León, Sancho Fernández, died in 1220.