Senda del Oso, Entrago, Huerta Cave

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Following in the footsteps of the brown bear by way of mining railways

Perfil MIDE del CN de la Senda del Oso. Tramo Entrago a Cueva Huerta

 

The Natural Way is in the valley formed by the rivers Teverga and Páramo, in the council of Teverga, in the heart of the Cantabrian Mountains. The path takes advantage of the route of an old railway line by small steam locomotives that transported iron ore and coal between the mining valleys of Quirós and Teverga. The mining crisis led to the closure in 1963 of the railway line, and today, the circulations trains, walking people.

 

This route passes by one of the most emblematic of the Cantabrian Mountains paths: Camin Real, ancient pre-Roman route that would become part of the Roman road Ruta de la Plata. Also this allows continued camimo known Bear Path of the Principality of Asturias.

 
Panorámica desde el Camino Natural Senda del Oso

 

With a length of about nine miles of the Camino Entrago (Entragu), continuing through the towns of Samartín, Las Veigas, Riellu, San Salvador, near Fresneu, and ending at the stunning Cueva Huerta cavity. Historical relics and natural elements combine in our path, during which enjoy strong altitudinal contrasts of the landscape of the Natural Park of Las Ubiñas-La Mesa.

 
Colegiata de San Pedro

 

The route begins in the town of Entragu, with information boards and signs will guide us throughout the Natural Way. At the foot of the imposing Sierra de la Sobia in Entragu the mansions abound. Stresses the Palace of the Counts of Aguera a seventeenth century mansion linked to the lineage of Miranda, a vestige of an era in which lords and marquises a region dominated organized in separate valleys.

 
Caleya con hórreos en Riellu

 

The road continues to the town of Samartín - The Plaza, the most important council Teverga. At the edge of town is the Palace of the Marquises of Valdecarzana, from the late sixteenth century building, now abandoned which housed several generations of a branch of the Miranda family.

Passing through the square, you can see the church of San Pedro, the late tenth or early eleventh century, an example of the transition from the Romanesque Romanesque, which highlights the masonry walls and the figures of animals that inhabited the valley in middle Ages.

 
Acceso a Cueva Huerta

 

From The Veigas, the Way passes through a wild natural setting, where you can enjoy the abundant wildlife that inhabits the valley and the Sierra de la Sobia, in the heart of the Natural Park. The path goes to the village of Riellu, a beautiful and quiet town along the river Páramo. Stands the parish church of St. Thomas, a Romanesque abbey has undergone several subsequent modifications, such as facade, which is the seventeenth century.

The clear waters of the river extend Páramo on a bed of stones full of life. It then starts a steep slope running through a beautiful forest of chestnut (Castanea sativa) known as the Castañedón, preserving ancient trees among mosses and ferns.

Forest areas occupy nearly one third of the territory of the Natural Park Ubiñas-La Mesa, where the chestnut predominate in the lowlands. In the fall, the green meadows of Valdelaurina are crossed at the foot of the imposing walls of the Sierra de la Sobia.

 
Desfiladero en el entorno de Cueva Huerta

 

The Natural Way crosses the town of San Salvador, crossed by the Desert River, which crosses near their homes. From here, one can distinguish the ruins of Alesga, medieval watchtower from which the valley was controlled. San Salvador has an interesting series of popular architecture. Their houses, perfectly preserved, restored and reflect the harmony of Asturian rural buildings.

From San Salvador, where a source in the path allows the traveler to cool, the steepest section of the Nature Trail starts. The path into the forest, and runs along a quiet path that crosses a footbridge over one of the many streams of the valley.

 
El camino atraviesa la localidad de San Salvador

 

Since the path is visible on the other side of the valley, the population of Fresneu, and very close to the end of the tour. Making a slight detour Natural Way you can visit the Prehistoric Park, a museum showing art of the Upper Paleolithic in Europe and contains faithful reproductions of caves such as Altamira and Tito Bustillo, among others.

 
El camino discurre por un empedrado protegido por una balaustrada de madera

 

Near the park you can admire intriguing prehistoric cave paintings of over 3,000 years ago made ​​by residents of the most remote mountain caves of Fresneu the late Bronze Age. Here, in the most inaccessible high, with a little luck and patience, you can see the king of the valley, the brown bear (Ursus arctos).

The presence of bears in the usual valley and the area is also a key connection with the meager bear population east of the Cantabrian Mountains ecological corridor. After passing through the hamlet of Presorias, between meadows and forests of oak (Quercus robur), beech (Fagus sylvatica) and birch (Betula sp.), The road finally reaches the gorge is located Huerta Cave.

 Huerta Cave

This is an impressive cavity in Fresnedo (Teverga), hydrogeological and biological interest, which has been declared a Natural Monument in 2002 His cave bat colony has been cataloged and Special Interest Community Interest.

It is currently the second cavity Asturian the total development of its galleries (14.5 km). Part of a unique karst whole, composed of a gorge, sink, large cave, various underground channels and resurgence.

Huerta Cave jealously guards many natural treasures, including the Board of «Gours" small holes made ​​in the soil by water droplets, about 25 meters from the entrance. Less than 40 m there is another unique attraction, the Sima del Caracol, and 29 m beyond the Paso del Perro, a drop of just over 2 m in height. The tour around the Old Gallery can see the Cathedrals, a striking rock formations Gothic appearance; Santina, a geological formation that mimics a natural altar, and the Chair of the Queen.