La Majada Palentina
Nature. Mountains of Palencia
La Cuevona of Villanueva de ArribaThe summer is very dry in our village, and therefore, it is the best season to visit this cave, since it is extremely wet the rest of the year, due to the snow and the rain. You should wear old clothes if you want to visit the cave, because you can get dirty. You should also take boots that are suitable to walk through the mountain. And do not forget a good torch. This marvelous cave is only 1 kilometre far from our cottage.
Climb to Cristo SierraPeople who are fan of jeeps, quad bikes, and bikes are able to enjoy a nice route to the Cristo Sierra shelter. You can take your vehicle and go to The Virgen del Brezo sanctuary, in Villafría. A few meters before getting there, there is a sign that leads you to the shelter. It is 12 km far from our cottage.
La Tejeda de Tosande (Yews Forest)Millenary yews that are 5 and 6 metres high await us at the end of this path, which begins in the parking next to the road that connects Cervera and Guardo (C-624). It is 25 far from our cottage
Villafria marshThere are a few places where you can bath in the summer, and they are very close to our cottage. One of them is called Villalbeto marsh. To get there, you have to take the road to Cervera from Villanueva de Arriba and divert the course in a crossing that is a few kilometres after Tarilonte.
Compuerto marshThis marsh is between Velilla del Río Carrión and Otero de Guardo. You can find it at 12 kilometres from our cottage.
Camporredondo marshIt is located at 20 kilometres from our cottage, in Camporredondo de Alba, and very close to the Compuerto marsh. It was opened by the King Alfonso XIII in 1930.
Ruesga marshIt was opened in 1923 and it is one the smallest reservoirs in Spain. Its water is only used to water. There is another one that is smaller than this one (Pontón Alto), which is in the province of Segovia and only provides domestic water to this city.
Requejada marshIt was built in 1940 and provides water to the whole Pisuerga system. You can find it in Arbejal, village that belongs to another municipality (Cervera de Pisuerga). It is 42 kilometres far from our cottage.
Aguilar de Campoo marshThis marsh is in Aguilar de Campoo and it was built in 1963. It is the biggest marsh in the province of Palencia, and belongs to the Pisuerga system. If you decide to do the marshes route, this is the last one you will find, after than Compuerto, Camporredondo, Ruesga and Requejada. It is 55 kilometres far from our cottage.
Fuentes Carrionas Natural ParkYou will find the highest peaks of the Montaña Palentina in this park: Curavacas (2525 metres), Espigüete (2450 metres) and Las Lomas (2451 metres). This park takes up 11 municipalities: Velilla del Río Carrión, Aguilar de Campoo, San Cebrián de Mudá, Cervera de Pisuerga, Triollo, Palentinos, Brañosera, La Pernía, Castrejón de la Peña and Dehesa de Montejo. It is 4 kilometres far from our cottage.
El Brezo MountainsThey take up from Cantoral de la Peña to Guardo. It has a very small amout of trees, which are bearberries and heathers. All the villages of this area are around 1000 metres high, such as Pisón de Castrejón and Villafría de la Peña, where there is an important sanctuary that is called Santuario de la Virgen del Brezo. Here is where they celebrate a romeria on September 21st.
Pineda Valley RouteIt is 20 kilometres long and it has a grade of 500 metres. You can do this route during the whole year, but you should be more careful in winter due to the unfavourable meteorological conditions.
La Fuente del Cobre routeIt is 10 kilometres long, and it takes you 5 hours to go and to come back. It has a grade of 400 metres. You can do this route during the whole year but in winter and spring it might be more difficult due to the snow and the water.
El Roblón de Estalaya routeIt is approximately 4 metres long and it has a grade of 100 metres. It is de easiest route to do, since it only takes you 90 minutes to do it
Valdecebollas routeIt is 12 kilometres long from Brañosera, and it has a degree of 300 metres. It takes you 5 hours to do this route. You can do it during the whole year. Do not forget to take water with you.
Fuente Los Mures routeThe route begins in Villanueva de Arriba. You have to leave behind the village to the North East and continue walking to the North, through the valley.
You have to go through the oak forest until you get to a vast meadow. Take a path at your right that leads you to the North, until you get El Fraile Peak (2007 metres high)
Fauna and flora
Undoubtedly, the brown bear is the most important animal in the mountains of Palencia. Not only are there brown bears, but also there are some Iberian wolves, wild boars, deers and roe deers. As far as flora is concerned, the most representative kind is the oak. There are also some fruits that the fauna eats, such as holm oaks, hollies and blueberries.