The birth of a river is usually accompanied by a natural landscape that generally adds to the beauty of stem from its waters. This fact is usually repeated in almost all the rivers we have visited, and is even more remarkable in rivers of the size of the Pisuerga. The Path of Copper, the birth of the Pisuerga, is a hiking route in the heart of the Mountain Palentina, in the Natural Park of Sources Carrionas and Source Copper that allows us to approach to the Cave of Copper, considered the point of birth of the river Pisuerga. A nice route through the beautiful landscapes of this area of the province of Palencia that gives us the opportunity to enter this cave, which is not really the true birthplace of the river, as it emerges a little further up the hillsides of Valdecebollas, near the col of Sel de la Fuente.
To reach the starting point of the Path of the Source of the Copper, the route of the birth of the Pisuerga, we have to follow the road that links Cervera de Pisuerga with Potes and Puentenansa. Shortly after passing the Requejada reservoir, if you are coming from Cervera de Pisuerga you will find the turning that leads to Santa María de Redondo. Once there, we will cross the town, as shortly after leaving it on the right hand side we will see the path that leads to the nearby car park from where the Source of Copper path starts, the birth of the Pisuerga River.
If we have managed to park our vehicle in the parking lot after crossing the village of Santa María de Redondo, the typical information sign of the route will mark the starting point of the route. This first part of the route runs with hardly any slope and is signposted at all times by the white and yellow marks of the PR P8. The river Pisuerga is the protagonist from the very beginning and we will have to cross it on several occasions.
Almost without noticing we reach a fork in the path where the markings advise us to follow the path to our right, leaving the left-hand path for the return journey. The thick forest of beech and oak trees enlivens this part of the route, where you will also come across the odd waterfall. The path, which we have been following for some time now, takes us straight to the mouth of Copper Cave (2h 15min). If the flow of the Pisuerga allows it and after overcoming the rocky projection at the entrance to the Copper Cave we can go a few metres into the interior of the cave.
Once you have enjoyed this corner of the Mountain Palentina, it is time to return. To do so, you can either follow the same route you came along or, returning a few metres along the path to a small clearing you passed before arriving, follow the path that climbs up to the Col of the Copper, cutting into the side of the mountain. This other route offers magnificent views both of the surrounding mountains and of the valley through which we have climbed up to the cave. Once at the col we cross the field, leaving behind us the path that ascends in search of the crest that has accompanied us up to here, to begin the descent following the path that goes into the interior of an oak grove. This steep section of the route follows the typical zigzags of mountain routes, taking us to the bottom of the valley to meet up again with the river Pisuerga at the crossroads that we left behind some time ago. From here we only have to follow the downstream course of the river until we reach the parking area (4h 10min), from where we set off on this beautiful hiking route in the Natural Park of Sources Carrionas and Source Copper.
|1-Parking||0h 00min||1220m||0Km||30T 383573 4760870|
|2-Copper Cave||2h 15min||1620m||5,5Km||30T 388075 4760294|
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 82-3 y 107-1 1:25.000".
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If the route is a little short, you can climb from the Copper Cave to the Col of Del Sel de la Fuente, where, as you know, the Pisuerga River really rises.
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A visit to the village of Santa María de Redondo where you can discover and enjoy the typical architecture of the villages and hamlets of the Mountain Palentina.
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Route information updated on 04-06-2021. 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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