The Government of Navarre contributes 69,000 euros for the recovery and improvement of mountain trails


The Government of Navarre, through the Navarro Sports Institute (IND), has contributed 69,000 euros this year for the maintenance, recovery, marking, homologation and improvement of the mountain trails of the Foral community, the so-called GR (Grand Tour) and the GRT (Grand Tour Transfrontalier).

The IND and the Navarrese Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports (FNDME) have signed an agreement whereby this entity is in charge of these tasks on the trails in which some 180 volunteers have participated. In addition, and as a novelty, the agreement provided for a significant part -a third of the total- specifically for the recovery and marking of the historic GR1 path that crosses Navarre.

In the list of actions carried out in 2022 in the trail network are the GR11, GR12, GR20, GR220, Enlace GR11-GR12 or Bidasoa Trekking, GRT3, GRT5, GRT7, GRT8, GRT9, GRT10, GRT12 and GRT13, as well as connections, variants and deviations from the main trails.

Minister Esnaola, accompanied by a representation of the FNDME Trails Commission, led by Pablo Olorón and Iosu Tximeno, visited precisely a section of the GR1 that crosses the town of Torralba del Río, in the section between Otiñano and Codés .

The FNDME proposed to work on the recovery and marking of 33.96 kilometers of the historic GR1 trail, corresponding to three of the eight stages: Stage 1 Torre de Añues – Cáseda (10.70 km); Stage 7 LosArcos – Sanctuary of Codés (17.92 km); and Stage 8 Sanctuary of the Codes – Portillo de Názar (5.34 km). Throughout 2022, horizontal marking and vertical marking have been carried out on this route, as well as marking and clearing work.

The GR1 starts from the ruins of Ampurias (Girona), on the shores of the Mediterranean, and travels 1,500 kilometers towards the Atlantic Ocean. It first parallels the Pyrenean route GR 11, for about 600 km, then competes in the north with the Camino de Santiago (GR-65), which it crosses at Los Arcos, until it reaches the other end of the peninsula in Finisterre (La Coruña). Through Navarre, it crosses the middle zone and connects with the bordering provinces of Álava (in Campezo) and Zaragoza (Torre de Añués near Sos del Rey Católico).

Works in GR

The maintenance actions include the tasks carried out of marking, renovation and repair of the installations and the adjustments or modifications of the routes. The FNDME coordinated and advised a total of 180 volunteers who carried out basic maintenance on the GR and GRT network throughout the year. They carried out marking, marking and painting work (with brushes, paint, beacons) in the necessary sections. Technicians from the Trails Committee were responsible for coordinating volunteers in maintenance work, through courses and training.

Depending on the type of support, repair actions have been carried out, replacement of vertical signaling elements, renewal of posts and directional arrows, replacement of damaged elements (masts, arrows, mini posts, panel frames). On the other hand, depending on the nature of the work carried out, clearing was carried out in the GR11 and GR220, felling and cleaning, repair and restoration work in the rest of the GRs in the network. To guarantee the safety of hikers, the Sorogáin estate bridge over the Odia stream on the GR11 has been completely rebuilt. The information contained in the information panels and the registration plates of the paths at the junctions and neighboring sections have been updated so that users have no doubts.

In addition, due to the fires that occurred in the Sierra de El Perdón / Erreniega area and on Mount Ezkaba, it was also necessary to replace and repair the vertical (posts and beacons) and horizontal (marking) signage. In Doneztebe, a V connection variant has been made, link E.GR11-GR12. It has signage and an information panel. His immediate approval is expected.

Likewise, the Navarre Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports, which is responsible for approving trails according to Provincial Decree 197/2011, approved in 2022 for the first time:

– PIRI-TREKKING. In the vicinity of the Belagua Refuge, a staged trekking route has been designed and approved for the first time, whose routes take place entirely on approved trails. It was agreed to call it PIRI-TREKKING, from the name of the GR-GRT Navarre-Aragon-Pyrénées Atlantiques network. Two routes have been defined, a North cross-border route (Tour del Anie), whose paths taken in Navarre are the GR12, GRT12 and GRT13, and another South route (Tour Pirenaico Sur) whose paths taken in Navarre are the GR11, GR12 and GR321.
– PR-NA 210 ERGOAREN BIRA on Mount Erga.
– SL-NA 54 CERLAN-IRABIA.
– PR-NA 211 WATER-TUDELA ROAD

And they re-approved, for another four years:

– SL-NA 72 AZANZOREA/AZANZOREAKO LEKEA CAVE
– SL-NA 78 FOZ DE BURGUI/BURGIKOA ARRILA
– SL-NA 138 BALCONY OF THE VULTURES/SAIEN BALKOIA

Disclosure of trails

The FNMDE promotes the paths of the Foral Community in three ways. On the one hand, with the update of the long-distance trail locator, on the other hand, with the publication of informative brochures and, finally, with the use of social networks.

The search engine for approved paths in Navarre contains maps applied to the areas of visit, data and information on the stages of the GR and GRT network of Navarre and the rest of the approved routes PR (Small Route) and SL (Local Paths) . New GRs have recently been incorporated: GR 322 Nafarroa Xtrem and GR 323 Bernoako Galtzada.

During this year, work has been carried out on updating the trail finder, defining the specifications necessary for the remodeling of the environment, such as the content of the search engine, the integration of new icons and information , the profiles of the selected sections, etc. In turn, the approved trails have been updated on the IDENA public portal, (Navarre Spatial Data Infrastructure), for inclusion in the corresponding information layer.

Regarding the edition of the informative brochures of the network in 2022, those corresponding to the Euskalherria GR12 trail crossing Navarre, the Vuelta a la Cuenca de Pamplona GR220 have been edited and reissued with a more practical and useful format and incorporating cartography, two editions of the PIRI-TREKKING brochure and routes around Belagua.

The cartography service of the Government of Navarre collaborates in the realization of the basic cartography and the inclusion in it of the network of GR paths of the Foral Community.

Finally, the dissemination was carried out in person at tourist offices, other information centers, hostels, refuges, etc. The dissemination is also made through the social networks of the stages of the GR and GRT, as well as the Pequeño Recorrido PRs and Senderos Locales SLs trails.

310,000 euros invested since 2015

Since 2015, the Government of Navarre, through the Institute of Sports of Navarre, has granted various grants to the Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports of Navarre for a total amount of 310,000 euros for the investment in the GR and GRTS trails of the Foral Community.

The IND is supported by Provincial Decree 197/2011, of September 7, which regulates “the conditions for the creation and maintenance of sports trails for public use in Navarre”.

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