Tourist route: Crăciuneasa - Lelese - Cerişor - Crăciuneasa - Hațeg Country - Pădureni Land

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Tourist route: Crăciuneasa - Lelese - Cerişor - Crăciuneasa

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4. Crăciuneasa Train Station - Lelese - Cerişor - Crăciuneasa
Access possibilities: from Hunedoara to Teliucul Superior - 6 km modernized road and further 11 km non-modernized road to Găvojdia, from which 2.5 km to Crăciuneasa railway station.
Distance: 17 km
Duration: 5-6 hours

Characteristics: Route through the Pădureni Land in the high, limestone plateau area, from the eastern part of the Poiana Ruscă Mountains - the Sohodol valley and the Leleșe and Cerişor localities. It goes without difficulty. Difference level: 260 m.

The first part of the route is common with Route 2. From Crăciuneasa railway station, we pass the great dolomite quarry and we follow the road upstream the Nădrabului valley.

After 1.5 km we meet the road that leads to Cerişor on our right (which we will return), and after another 750 m we leave on the left the road to the Alun marble quarry, which climbs the Poieniţa valley or the Peştişele Valley).
Next, the valley of the Sohodol is typical for the karst relief in the Dolomitic plateau area. Over 1.5 km we reach the confluence with the Alun Valley (on our left). At a distance of 2.5 km from this confluence, we climb the valley slope to our right on our way to Leleșe. After 1 km we reach the forest village on the plateau. On the main road we turn right to leave the village in the north-east direction to Cerişor.

The road to Cerişor crosses 4 km from one of the most typical regions of the dolomitic plateau. After passing the Hill with the Route (765 m), the highest point of the route, the road enters the picturesque village of Cerişor (Village of the Stone Crosses). From the entrance to the village, we head south-east (right) to the eastern part of the village. After 750 m and 150 m before the church, we climb a street to the south (right) and leave the village in the direction of Cerişor hill (759 m), which is the talc mining.
After crossing the mining works, the road descends through a large serpentine in the Spin valley, which reaches about 1 km in the Nădrab valley, about 1.5 km upstream from the Crăciuneasa railway station.
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