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Trail Network

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01   PCR-BU- 31 THE VALLEY

Circle tour.

Start and end:Alto de la Concha car park (services the Ojo Guareña Caves)

Length:  9.8km

Unevenness:  216m

Difficulty:  Short

Description:From the Alto de la Concha car park, the path runs through the Sotoscueva Valley, passing through the pretty towns of Cueva, Quisicedo, Villabáscones, Quintanilla de Sotoscueva and Vallejo, which are home to rich traditional architecture. A few meters from the start sign for this route is the "Information Point"  and the start of   for visits to Cueva Palomera, as well as the most emblematic of the Natural Monument: the Cave-hermitage of San Bernabé. The path runs through an attractive landscape between oak and holm oak forests, and extensive pastures. Between Villabáscones and Quintanilla de Sotoscueva there are 20 early medieval anthropomorphic tombs excavated in rock.

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02    PCR-BU- 31.1 THE HIGHER COUNCIL

Expansion of the "El Valle" route that allows us to get to know the valley and its towns in depth.

Length: 5.94km

Elevation gain: 148 m

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03    PCR-BU- 32 EL VENTANÓN

Circular route

Start and end: Alto de la Concha car park (services the Ojo Guareña Caves)

Length 10.9km

Unevenness:  288m

Description: Starting from the Alto de la Concha car park, near the entrance to the Ojo Guareña Caves (San Bernabé and Cueva Palomera), this trail runs along the back of one of the slopes that make up the peculiar karstic landscape of Ojo Guareña. It crosses the sunny area populated by holm oaks, until we approach the spectacular "Ventanón" or "Puente de la Horadada", a natural arch 30 m wide and 20 m high, a vestige of an ancient sunken cavern that in ancient times drained the waters of the complex. karst. From there we begin the descent along a track to Villamartín, a town in Merindad de Sotoscueva that is worth visiting.  

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04    PCR-BU- 33  DULLA CANALS

Circular route

Start and end: town of Villamartin de Sotoscueva

Unevenness: 491m

Length:15.23km

The route joins the towns of Quintanilla de Valdebodres and Villamartin de Sotoscueva, taking the visitor into a territory with a spectacular and quite unique landscape, the Canales de Dulla, formed by a network of ravines created by rising erosion that converge around Quintanilla. of Valdebodres. Along the way you can see several springs such as the Poso de Infierno, and the recreation of a coal bunker.

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05    PCR-BU- 34 BACK TO SCREEN

Circular route

Start and end: Church of the town of Butrera

Length: 8.8

unevenness: 316m

Description: Starting from the church of Butrera, a jewel of the Burgos Romanesque declared a National Monument, the route borders the hill known as "Pantarra" between forests of holm oaks and gall oaks. It connects the towns of Butrera and Linares, nuclei that preserve an interesting popular architecture.

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06   PCR-BU- 35 HORN PEAK

Linear path

Beginning: Alto de la Concha car park (Ojo Guareña caves)

Length: 1.4 km (round trip)

Unevenness: 57m

Description: Short-term path that ascends from Alto de la Concha to Pico del Cuerno through the "back" of the "limestone slope or cejo" of the karstic relief that characterizes the Ojo Guareña Natural Monument. An open oak grove to crown one of the 7 limestone ridges called "Pico del Cuerno". From there an excellent panoramic view of the Sotoscueva Valley opens up.

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07   PCR-BU- 36 LA MEA WATERFALL

Linear path

Beginning: parking

Length: 0.73 km (round trip)

Unevenness: 38m

Description:between Puentedey and Quintanilla de Valdebodres, embedded in the narrow ravine that the La Mea stream has been forming in the limestone rock, its waters rush into the void, forming a capricious waterfall. The path is a pleasant walk among gall oaks, ash trees, maples and hawthorns, surrounded by the impressive limestone cliffs from which this stream escapes, and which are a refuge for numerous rock-dwelling birds of prey.

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08   PCR-BU- 37 THE HAYAL OF QUINTANILLA

Circular route

Start and end: Park House in Quintanilla del Rebollar

Unevenness: 401m

Difficulty: medium, by bicycle there are sections with steep slopes

Description:From the Casa del Parque car park, it is recommended to follow the route starting by crossing the green pastures that lead us to the town of Quintanilla del Rebollar and then heading towards Herrera de Redondo. A long and steep ascent to the north takes us into the heart of the Montes del Somo, a feeding basin of the Ojo Guareña karstic complex. The streams are crossed whose waters, further down, infiltrated through the drains of the Trema river bed. It passes near the Pico del Ángel Refuge, before descending to Quintanilla del Rebollar, with a recreational area and available for overnight stays upon request for keys and reservation at the Casa del Parque. The trail runs through pastures, pine forests and oak groves.

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09  PCR-BU- 38 ROADS OF SONSIERRA

Circular route

Start and end: Park House (Quintanilla del Rebollar) or Espinosa de los Monteros.

Length:17.12km

Unevenness: 510m

Difficulty: moderate

Description: It is proposed to start in the parking lot of the Casa del Parque in Quintanilla del Rebollar. This long circular itinerary takes us to the historic town of Espinosa de los Monteros, passing through towns with a strong cattle-raising tradition such as Redondo, Para and Santa Olalla. From the surroundings of Domingo Pájaro, the view of the Sotoscueva Valley is spectacular.

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10 PCR-BU- 39 NOCEDA ROAD

Circular route

Start and end: Espinosa de los Monteros. Velasco Tower

Length: 11.26km

Unevenness: 222m

Difficulty: short

Description: The route heads through green meadows towards the beech forest of Las Vallejas, located in the shadow of imposing cliffs. We passed near Noceda. From Barcenillas de Cerezo we ascend to Para. From there, the end of the route coincides with the Caminos de la Sonsierra. Espinosa de los Monteros is a historic and monumental town where the Royal Monteros Guard was created.

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11 PCR-BU- 40 BETWEEN GORGES

Circular route

Start and end: House of the Park, in Quintanilla del Rebollar

Length: 12.32m

Unevenness: 236

Difficulty: short

Description: The Trema river and the Hoz stream are two of the main watercourses that feed the Ojo Guareña karstic aquifer. The waters coming from the Montes del Somo (foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains), have managed to pierce the limestone package and make their way to the south through two beautiful gorges. Drains follow one another in its channels until the total conversion into underground channels. A walk through one of the seven "shells" or lobed eyebrows that make up the limestone ridges that characterize the landscape of the Natural Monument. Beneath our feet are the galleries of one of the largest karstic complexes in Europe. 

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12 SOTOCUEVA PATH

Linear path

Beginning: Park House in Quintanilla del Rebollar

Final: Quisicedo

Length: 10.7km

Unevenness: 197m

Description: Pedestrian path that connects the most important infrastructures for public use of the Natural Monument. It begins in the parking lot of the Casa del Parque in Quintanilla del Rebollar, and allows us to access on foot one of the most emblematic enclaves, the Cuevas de Ojo Guareña (Cave-hermitage of San Bernabé and Cueva Palomera). It crosses the forests on the slopes of the Montes del Somo, and a multitude of streams whose waters feed the karstic complex of Ojo Guareña.

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13 LA SALCEDA WATERFALL PATH

Circular route

Start and end: Town of Quisicedo

Length: 8.95km

Unevenness: 354m

Description: From the town of Quisicedo, we begin the route crossing the stream and recreational area of Peñanegra, on the outskirts of the town, to take a forest track that ascends the slopes of the Montes del Somo. Between heather and pasture first, and then  beech and oak groves, we will arrive at the San Miguel stream, which is crossed by a footbridge. We continue upstream along the left bank, until we find a detour to the Cascada de la Salceda. The return to Quisicedo is more aerial, with extensive views of a traditionally cattle-raising landscape, with views to the south of the limestone ridges where the Ojo Guareña karstic complex develops.

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