Mount Valonsadero, linked to Soria city by a beautiful greenway, has become a meeting point for nature lovers who enjoy every corner that this natural spot has to offer. It is a magnificent place to walk along one of the paths that run through it, allowing us to practice hiking at the same time as we discover part of the history that surrounds this enclave.
The route of the House of the City with its 5.8 km takes us to visit some of the most outstanding enclaves of the Valonsadero Mount, while we cross extensive pastures, we cross the fertile banks of the Pedrajas River or we approach some of the corners frequented by the old shepherds who crossed these fields with their cattle. A route in which we will share part of the route with other trails in the park such as La Junta of the rivers or Los Castillejos.
The Corrals of Cañada Honda, the House of the City, the former home of the park's controllers, or the slender Canto Bridge rival the surrounding landscapes, with the wild rosebushes, hawthorns, water lilies or ash trees that we will encounter as we pass by, before our return to the House of the Guard from where we set off and where we will make our visit to Valonsadero.
The access to the complex of Mount Valonsadero will be found shortly after leaving the capital Soria following the national road that connects it with Burgos. It is on this road where the detour leading to the recreational area is located, next to the Guard's House. Once there we will have several parking areas where we can park our vehicle, although this can be complicated on certain dates due to the large influx of people who come here.
Our starting point is the car park next to the Guard House (0h 00min) in Valonsadero Mount.
We started the route by following for a moment the route of the road that brought us here. Just at the end of the limits of this recreational area begins the path that we must follow.
A path of not too much unevenness that quickly leads us to a new detour, thus avoiding us to keep gaining height with so much evidence.
Our path follows its course almost parallel to the route of the road we left behind before, while we follow the marks that indicate it.
After a while the road crosses our path again, at least for a moment, since on our right there is a detour that we must follow.
A new section of ascent next to one of the corrals that sits in Valonsadero. Once up our route looks for the limits of the vegetation leaving aside the path that would take us, like the road, to the same destination but with a little more distance.
We walk along the wall formed by the vegetation to start descending in search of our next destination, the corrals of Cañada Honda.
Once there we will only have to follow the wall that delimits them, to regain part of the lost height.
This short stretch ends when we come across a dirt track along which we will continue to gain height with each step.
There is a long stretch of road ahead of us that we will not have to part with for the time being.
After leaving behind a few crossroads on our route, we say goodbye to the path of Raso of the Vega of Baturio, whose route has accompanied us up to this point.
Having already overcome almost all the upward slope that this route reserves for us, from now on we will be able to advance even more comfortably.
After a while we arrive at a fork in the road that we must follow. A path not in as good a condition as the one we have been following up to now, but which also allows us to progress with a certain speed.
Once in the middle of the pasture, we come to a new fork in the road, with the path on the left continuing the route.
The wide plain through which we pass comes to an end at the very moment when the battered House of the City (0h 55min) is shown before us and the beginning of the rapid descent that we have ahead of us.
An old wagon path is in charge of leading us to our next destination. This road gives us the opportunity to take a detour to visit the Fountain of Gold, following the path known as La Junta of the Rivers.
Shortly after saving this crossroads in front of us, the Canto Bridge (1h 00min) is shown. Bridge that we will cross to continue with the proposed route.
As soon as we cross the bridge, we will come across a new post that warns us of the destinations to which each possible path leads. We follow the route that seems to be the least travelled, given how little marked out the terrain is. The river can serve us as a reference since our route follows its downward course.
There are several creeks that we will encounter, creeks that in some cases we will have to cross, looking for the best place to do so.
In the distance, just before we reach the limits of the riverside woods towards which we are heading, we will see the post and the signs that confirm our good direction. Signs that lead us into the leafy forest.
Once again, the course of another creek forces us to go up its course without separating from the line drawn by the trees and bushes that delimit the pastures we are crossing.
Fortunately we will have the invaluable help of a weakened trail that will serve as a reference for us to follow.
After a while, when it seems that the trail has abandoned us to our fate, another of the posts that mark the paths of Valonsadero comes to our aid, marking the place where we will wade through the creek that brought us here.
A little further on from this point we will come across another signpost, which marks the bridge over which the routes going up the Pedrajas River cross the river.
We keep the river on our right hand side and continue to follow the blurred path that runs along this bank of the river.
Once again we will be tempted to change the course of our route and visit another of the hidden corners of Valonsadero.
We continue with the route, which is gradually approaching its end as indicated by the fence that joins us. A fence that leads us straight to a gate that we must cross.
As soon as we do so, we will come across the road by which we arrived at this natural spot some time ago.
Road that will take us to the Guard House (1h 30min) from where we start and where we will finish the tour.
This area offers us different alternatives to lengthen or shorten the route as we wish.
Approximate time that we will see extended in some minute if we approach to visit some of the corners through which we will pass.
Without a doubt, autumn and spring are the periods of maximum splendour for this trekking route. The summer with high temperatures and the winter with frosts and snowy periods although they also have their charms force us not to fail with the forecasts and schedules.
Although due to difficulty and distance we are not facing a major hiking route, we should not lack the essentials for any activity of this kind and not face it as if we were walking around the city. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.
With mostly gentle slopes and also concentrated at the beginning of the route as we proposed in our description, and taking into account the relatively short distance that we will make, this route should not put us in difficulties, provided that we are used to walking.
Severity of the environment
In the final part is where we will be able to find some complication when coinciding with the stretch of trail, the passage by some of the streams that we will face, and the bad state of the trail that guides us.
As in the previous section, it is in the final section where more doubts may arise as it coincides with other paths of Mount Valonsadero and the path that in some sections is hidden in part by the vegetation of the place.
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This sketch of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative.
This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 350-1 y 349-2, 25.000"
Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems with the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate. SENDITUR encourages you to use the new technologies within your reach, using them as support and consultation in your activity, not basing the realization and orientation of the same only and exclusively on them, since they may see their functioning altered by very diverse causes, not functioning correctly and their indications may not be precise.
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In the past, in the Mount Valonsadero you could find several natural springs and fountains, of which some have been recovered today, such as the Fountain of El Canto, of El Cubillo, of the Cave of La Gallina or the Fountain of El Oro, famous for the quality of its waters.
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The flowers and mushrooms that, depending on the time of year, you can observe in this natural spot. Some of the endemic species are difficult to see elsewhere and are found in small quantities in Valonsadero which makes their presence even more valuable.
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This route has been carried out in the field by SENDITUR on 28-06-2018. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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