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The route of the bridges in Saja Besaya

Cantabria treasures, among other things, a rich natural heritage, one of these jewels of nature is undoubtedly the Saja Besaya Natural Park. This extensive natural area, located in the interior of the autonomous community, includes several valleys and is crossed by countless hiking routes that allow us to discover its charms. One of these routes, perhaps one of the most visited, is the Route of the Bridges of Ucieda, a beautiful circular itinerary that takes us to visit some of the unique trees of Cantabria, such as the Tumbao Oak, while we cross countless wooden bridges that allow us to ford the streams that run down the hillside.

How to get to the Route of the Bridges of Ucieda

To reach the village of Ucieda, follow the CA-180 road that connects it with Cabezón de la Sal. We can also get there from Reinosa or from Puentenansa. Once in Ucieda, cross the village and continue up the course of the river Bayones until you reach the recreational area known as Campa de Ucieda, where the House of the Mount is located and the start of the route of the bridges. There is a large car park right here, although we can continue a little more in search of parking a little further on.

Itinerary of the Route of the Bridges of Ucieda

From the Campa de Ucieda to the Las Rozas turnoff 6.2 km

The parking area of Campa de Ucieda is our starting point for the route of the bridges in Saja Besaya. We continue up the perfect path along which we reach the House of Mount following the markings of the PR-S 111 that will accompany us on this route. This route is also known as the route of Mount River of the Fords or the Rozas Path, although, as we shall see, we will coincide with other routes. We quickly reach a fork in the path, the one on the right being the option to follow. From here we will begin to gain height, but not without effort. We have already left behind the first of the bridges we are going to cross, as well as the Bayones River Interpretive Path.

After a while, and after passing a small hut, we reach the turning that will take us off the path we were on. The Joau de la Collá and the Vuelta de la Cotera are the indications that show us the way to follow.

The route, a typical path through the forest, offers us all the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The landscape alternates areas of thick forest with clearings that allow us to contemplate everything that surrounds us. The slope has been smoothed out, alternating continuous ascents and descents, some of which are steep but short. There are numerous streams that we cross thanks to the wooden bridges that help us to cross them. The singularity of the trees that we come across is another attraction of this beautiful route, trees such as the Tumbao Oak, which is undoubtedly the most outstanding of them all. After overcoming another steep slope we reach the high of the shoulder that separates the Regato de la Toba from the valley through which the river Bayones flows. Here we find the signpost that marks the detour to the uninhabited village of Las Rozas (2h 15min).

From the Las Rozas turnoff to Campa de Ucieda 10.3 Km

Here we have the possibility of following the Rozas path, which takes us past the Joau de la Collá hut, to then approach the remains of the Rozas settlement and from there descend directly to the Campa de Ucieda, thus making a circular route of just over 8 km. Or we can visit the hut and the Rozas if we wish, returning to the start of the detour to continue our route. We leave the detour to continue through a succession of forests, bridges and "brañas". The route of the bridges takes us back to fording the Bayones river to, now, start to follow its descending course while we follow the path that cuts through the mountainside. The white and yellow markings continue to help us to keep on the right course. This section also offers us the chance to visit a hundred-year-old beech tree included in the catalogue of singular trees in Cantabria. After a while, when our path reaches one of these streams that we are crossing, it turns radically to begin the descent that will take us to the path that comes from the House of Mount. Once on this path, we only need to follow it to reach the Campa de Ucieda (4h 35min), where this route in the Saja Besaya Natural Park comes to an end.

Tips to do the Route of the Bridges of Ucieda

1-The route often passes through quite muddy areas where we must be careful of slipping.

2-Although most of the slope is concentrated on the path at the beginning, the rest of the route has the occasional short ramp which, together with the mud, can make it difficult.

3-There are many routes in the area, so be clear about the itinerary you want to follow to avoid confusion.

4-Bear in mind that you are in a natural park with its own regulations.​

Waypoints of the route
1-Campa de Ucieda 0:00h 255m 0Km 30T 401034 4787703
2-Rozas Detour 2:15h 570m 6,2Km 30T 402185 4784853

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the Route of the Bridges of Ucieda

Profile of the Route of the Bridges of Ucieda

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 16,5Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 4:45h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Moderate

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 870m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +435m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -435m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 590m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 255m


Topographical map of the Route of the Bridges of Ucieda

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 57-4 y 58-3 1:25.000".

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