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Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria, following the course of the great river

The Duero River, from its source in the abrupt Urbión mountain range to its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean, runs through a large part of the Iberian Peninsula, being a silent witness and a reference point for the history of the peoples and lands it bathes. After saying goodbye to the mountains that saw its birth, the Duero paints a landscape full of charming corners, through which the Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria takes us.

Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria

The route in its 8.2 km allows us to discover natural places of great beauty and value as well as allows us to visit real jewels of history such as the Archaeological Site of Numancia in Garray, a town from which the tour starts. The Duero River is well known for its different hiking routes that follow its course, either in part or in full. Routes like the GR 14 or Path of the Duero with which we will coincide even if only for a moment. We leave behind the historic Numancia and after passing by the remains of one of the Roman fortifications that besieged it we enter the leafy riverbank.

Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria

A surprising journey full of colorful landscapes awaits us, where the river is the protagonist. A protagonism in which the conditioned footbridges that allow us to follow its course without losing any of its corners make us participate. The Monastery of San Juan de Duero, the Monastery of San Polo or the Hermitage of San Saturio, provide an unbeatable cultural value to the already magnificent attraction that this Trail of the Duero has. This is a very popular route for the inhabitants of Soria given the proximity of the town to the route and the different routes we can take in the area.

Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria

The Trick

If we need to return to the starting point, whether it is Garray or Soria, we have a bus service with different timetables that connect both localities. We can also design a route to suit our needs and starting from Soria we can take advantage of the different bridges that cross the Duero River and make a circular route that will take us to see the most spectacular places that the path passes through.

How to get to Garray

There are different roads that connect Soria with Burgos, Valladolid, Zaragoza and Logroño, being the national road that communicates this last one with Soria where we will find the town of Garray. In both cases we have to go in search of the river bank, for this we will only have to follow the course of the old road that crossed both towns and that will take us to the proximities of the course of the river. Once there, both in Garray and in Soria, we will have enabled areas where we can park our vehicle.

Pet area, hiking with my dog

Bear in mind that in many public transports the access to the dogs is not allowed so to the 8,2 km of the route we will have to add the corresponding ones of the return until the departure point reason why the physical exigency becomes remarkable for our friend.

The whole bank of the Duero River is catalogued as a LIC zone so it is not advisable to let our friend go into the water, both for his safety and to avoid further disturbance to the native fauna.

Surely there will be several pets that we will meet along the route. We must pay attention in the short stretches where we will coincide with the vehicles since there is more traffic than we can imagine.

Description of the Trail of the Duero

From Garray to Soria

The town of Garray (0h 00min) at the foot of the remains of ancient Numancia is the starting point for this tour of the Duero riverbank.

We started the Trail of the Duero in Garray

More specifically, the route begins next to the bridge over which we cross the river just where the Tera River flows into the illustrious Duero.

We left the road

On the other side, just after crossing the bridge, the detour awaits us, which we must take next to the information signs of the GR 14 also known as the Path of the Duero and those belonging to the Antonine Way and the Natural Way of the Soriano Water.

We say goodbye to the GR 14

These are routes that we will only coincide with at this point since we must turn off again to get as close as possible to the river bank, while these other routes continue their course close to the road that we have just abandoned.

We're moving along a cement road

The GR 14, known as the Path of the Duero, does not live up to its name in this part of its route and runs through the network of roads that surround the capital Soria.

We crossed the flour factory

Our path leads us to a flour factory, which we must cross following the course of the road that brought us there.

The route is not lost

After doing so, a conditioned dirt road awaits us, which runs close to the river, from which the trees that line its banks separate us. This track already allows us to get an idea of the beautiful landscape that awaits us.

We continue on the right

The conditioned track reaches its end leaving us at the foot of the Dehesilla hill which we skirt.

We go straight ahead

Shortly afterwards we arrive at the crossroads (0h 30min) where we again have the possibility of linking up with the route that we left behind before. In fact, for those who do the route the other way round, the directions send them through this little-travelled link.

We go into the banks of the Duero

From here, our route takes us definitively to the Duero riverbank, taking us along a well-defined path.

From now on we will follow the indications

Also from now on we will have the information provided by the different signs that accompany our Trail of the Duero.

The river is with us

The river begins to gain much of the limelight as we continue to move along the conditioned path. A path that hardly makes us strive, as it maintains a more than pleasant profile.

We passed under the road

After a while the noise of the traffic on the road in front of us takes us out of the relaxing walk we are taking.

We do not leave our path

As soon as we pass under the road we find ourselves in front of a new junction where we must do nothing more than follow the marked route of our path.

The footbridges of the Trail of the Duero begin

The first section of the footbridges begins immediately, allowing us to travel along this part of the river. From then on, the most beautiful area of the entire route awaits us, where the landscape around us shows all its splendor.

The landscape around us is very beautiful

A route that if it were not for the footbridges with which it is equipped would be impossible to cross.

The route is perfectly conditioned

We continue to move forward, approaching the town of Soria with every step, as witnessed by the Hermitage of El Mirón.

It's up to us to decide where we go

Suddenly we will have to choose the direction to follow, since in front of us is the detour that leads to the Monastery of San Juan de Duero (1h 15min).​

We continue along the right bank of the Duero River

We follow the same slope by which we arrived here from where we can contemplate the route that follows the path on the other side of the river.

The footbridges over the river are back

Once again, an entertaining stretch of footbridges awaits us, justifying the choice made at the previous junction.

We didn't leave the company of the river

After this area of footbridges, we find ourselves before a new crossroads that enables us to approach the viewpoints located at the top of the hill we are crossing.

We arrived in Soria

The ancient walls that protected the town of Soria warn us of our arrival in this city.

We go straight ahead

Once again we leave behind another crossroads of the different routes that visit the corners of this area of Soria.

On our left is the Monastery of San Juan de Duero

In front of us we can already see the Stone Bridge, through which we will pass to the left bank of the Duero.

We continue on the right

To do so, we will have to say goodbye to our trail, which follows its course by the river, to go up in search of the bridge.

We crossed the Stone Bridge

Once up, we cross the Stone Bridge, and on the other side we find the link that comes from the nearby Monastery of San Juan de Duero (1h 40min).​

Now we continue along the left bank of the river

Here we will be joined by those who decided to take the detour leading to the monastery. Already together, and after approaching to visit this architectural jewel, we will follow the course of the Duero River.

Another section of footbridges

Once again, it is the footbridges that allow us to stay close to the course of the river.

We follow the path

These footbridges take us to a new bridge that allows us to pass to another of the groves that the Duero has formed as it passes through Soria, a bridge that we leave behind to continue our route.

We follow the indications

We quickly find ourselves in front of the road we had previously crossed, but fortunately our route turns right to continue along the track that leads to the Monastery of San Polo.

We passed by the Monastery of San Polo

This asphalted track takes us through the monastery grounds, as it crosses them. After doing so, we will see ourselves going through a nice walk until we find the road that will take us to the end of the route.

We are approaching the Hermitage of San Saturio

A road that is rather a conditioned walk that without major problems allows us to enjoy the last part of the route.

We arrived at the Hermitage of San Saturio

Shortly before reaching the Hermitage of San Saturio (2h 10min) where the route ends, we find another of the accesses that allow us to cross the river, an access through which those who decided to continue along the right bank of the Douro River reach the hermitage.

Technical data sheet of the route

ico-distancia-totalDistance. 8.2Km

Travelling along either side of the river does not alter the distance of the route.

ico-tiempo-totalTime. 2:10h

This figure only refers to the outward journey, so if we return to the starting point we have to add up the time it takes. On the other hand we will not have a great difference in time to follow one or another variant.

ico-calendarioTime of year

There are many different attractions that this route offers throughout the year, to the virtues that nature offers us with the landscapes that it draws on our path are added the architectural and cultural jewels that leads us to know. As it runs so close to the riverbed, its flow conditions the accessibility of the route.

ico-materialRequired equipment

Initially the different characteristics of the route only ask us to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, but it is not too much to take some water and food, especially if it is summer or if we are going to walk back to the starting point. Don't leave your camera behind as some areas of the route are quite interesting. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

ico-dificultadDifficulty. Low


Of course the final distance of the route, if we decide to walk back to Garray, makes the level of difficulty increase, fortunately we will not have to overcome a great slope.

Severity of the environment

The river's flooding may reach some sections of the route, so it is not advisable to venture into these conditions. Otherwise we should not have major problems as long as we do not abandon the proposed route.


The different trails we will encounter and the different possibilities of varying the route is what will create the most complications for us. Besides, the initial part of the route, although it is the one that people usually follow the most, does not have a signposting that leads us to follow it. On the contrary, it encourages us to follow the GR 14 route.

Important places to pass through
1-Garray 0:00h 1010m 0Km 30T 545945 4629350
2-GR 14 detour 0:30h 1009m 2.3Km 30T 545266 4627398
3-Junction Monastery of San Juan de Duero 1:15h 1008m 5Km 30T 545537 4625283
4-Junction Monastery of San Juan de Duero 1:40h 1010m 6.6Km 30T 545357 4624053
5-Hermitage of San Saturio 2:10h 1038m 8.2Km 30T 545142 4622569

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

Profile of the route

Profile of the Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 110m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 55m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 55m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 1038m

ico-altitud-minima​Minimum altitude: 1005m

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of the Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria

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.

Topographic map of the Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria


This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 350-1, 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.

Hermitage of San Saturio
Monastery of San Juan de Duero
Old flour factory on the Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria
Section of footbridges on the Trail of the Duero from Garray to Soria
Walls of Soria
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