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The Yecla, the route where you can't see the sun

 

In the peñas de Cervera, between the towns of Santo Domingo de Silos and Caleruega in Burgos, is the Yecla Gorge in the heart of the Yecla Natural Area and the Sabinares del Arlanza. The erosive action, which for years has made the stream Del Cauce, has shaped this narrow and deep gorge.

The Yecla Gorge

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The narrow gorge runs between the abrupt escarpments of the limestone rocks which, in many different forms, are home to a large number of griffon vultures. The route, with a scarce 2 km, begins next to the car parks that in the middle of the road are just at the entrance of the tunnel that crosses the cliffs of the gorge. From here, a staircase will take us down to the stream. By means of a series of footbridges and bridges to cross the interior of this narrow gorge that in some of its zones does not arrive at the 2 m of width. 

Walkways inside the gorge

The spectacular nature of the itinerary invades us at all times, the waterfalls that the stream makes in its course through the gorge, the drawings and traces that the abrupt walls of the gorge have and that almost force us to bend down to pass through some areas, the steep slopes and high rocks that hide us from the clarity of the sun, all this makes us go around this place calmly enjoying the magnificent corners that we find at every step. The gorge can be visited at any time of the year, although it is true that its greatest spectacularity will be found when the flow of the stream is of a certain level.

Del Cauce Creek

In winter its situation and the characteristics of the gorge in the middle of the mountain, and very shady, create exceptional conditions, but we can find the route completely frozen, especially the steep access stairs, so if we do not carry some equipment necessary to walk safely on ice, such as crampons, we can not enjoy the interior of the Yecla. The rest of the year, although we are in the middle of nature, we won't need anything special to visit it thanks to its equipment that makes it easier for us to walk inside it.

 

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The Trick

If we do not want to go through the gorge again we can go back through the tunnel, as it has sidewalks where we can walk, we can also see the Yecla from the top of the road at the opening of the mountain between the two tunnels that cross it.

 

 

How to get to The Yecla Gorge

 

 

 

Santo Domingo de Silos can be reached following the BU-911 that comes from nearby Caleruega or from Lerma by the BU-900, it is also possible to access from the N-234 that joins Burgos and Soria following the BU-903 from Hacinas. There is a bus service, departing from Burgos or Lerma, every day except Sundays and public holidays. Once there, The Yecla gorge is located just 3 km from the town on the BU-911 road that connects it with Caleruega. The parking areas are to the right of this one if we go in direction Santo Domingo de Silos-Caleruega.​

 

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Pet area, hiking with my dog

Spectacular route on cement walkways at half height and embedded in the rock walls of the mountain.

Without points of water although we are constantly on it, the short distance of the itinerary does not force to carry water.

It is not usual to find too many pets and except for the vultures that fly over the rocks we will not cross with many more animals.

 

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Juan Fernandez
Created the 04-04-2021
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El desfiladero de la Yecla es un sitio espectacular, merece mucho la pena visitarlo y además está muy cerca del monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos.

Alex López
Created the 13-11-2015
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En invierno espectacular, el resto del año una verdadera maravilla. Merece la pena, además es un recorrido bien sencillo.

Oiartza
Created the 21-01-2015
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Un lugar sorprendente y accesible para toda la familia. En invierno hay que tener cuidado con las placas de hielo, aunque hay que apuntar que el recorrido está muy bien protegido.Conviene realizar la visita temprano para evitar aglomeraciones ya que el desfiladero se estrecha mucho. Ideal para pasar las primeras horas de la mañana antes de continuar hacia Santo Domingo de Silos.

Cristina Sanz
Created the 13-06-2014
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Impresionante!!! toda una aventura!!

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The gorge is included in the Natural Area of the Yecla and Sabinares del Arlanza, which covers more than 26000 ha. where is located one of the largest and best preserved sabinares in Europe, with specimens that exceed 2000 years of life.

 

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