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The Bear's Trail
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The Bear's Trail (Central Asturias)
1) 28 2) 31 kms
On foot 1) 7 h. 30 min. 2) 8 h.
Greenways 1) 7 h. 30 min. 2) 8 h.
Distancia Tramo Alternativo: 0 kms
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Access

The Bear's Trail is built on the tracks of an old mining railroad used to transport coal from Entrago in Teverga and Santa Marina in Quirós to Trubia.

Layout of the route

The Y-shaped trail has a main stretch which then forks in two directions, Tuñón-Huerta Cave and Tuñón-Ricabo


Remarks

Accesible y movilidad interior practicable.

Summary The Bear's Trail

The starting point, located in the village of Tuñón, can be accessed via the AS-228.

The trail starts in the village Tunon, in the borough of Santo Adriano. The route between Tuñon and Huerta Cave is 28 km long and takes approximately 7½ hours, while the 25-km-long route between Tuñon and Ricabo takes around 7 hours. Both have gentle slopes and are easy to do.

The first stretch is accessed from the Tuñón rest area, the trail running along the left bank of the River Trubia to subsequently pass over to the right bank and continue on between the river and the AS-228. Later, in Villanueva, borough capital of Santo Adriano, it once again runs along the left bank, crossing the river via a medieval stone bridge. A little further on, a new bridge crosses the river and the road at the place called El Xabil, leaving both on the left.

In Buyera, there is a recreational area from where you can approach the bear enclosure, where the she-bears Paca and Tola and the he-bear Furaco can be seen.

In Proaza, the Bear's Trail runs past a hydorelectric power plant, continuing once more along the right bank of the river between trees and passing through Peñas Juntas Gorge.

Further on, the trail enters Valdecerezales Gorge, not so well known as the famous Peñas Juntas Gorge, but also of spectacular beauty.

The trail then continues on to Entrago, where there is a recreational area which, among other amenities, has a restaurant and active tourism companies to hire bicycles.

There is a bus line with stops along the entire route linking Entrago and Bárzana with Tuñón, which can be used to make the return trip.

The last stretch, Entrago-Huerta Cave is almost 9 km long, reaching the village of San Martín and ending at the stunning Huerta Cave. Historical relics and natural elements come together on this route, during which you will be able to enjoy the marked contrasts in elevation in the landscape of Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Natural Park.

The second fork of the route is also accessed from Tuñon. In Caranga de Abajo, The Bear's Trail takes a fork leading to Santa Marina, where the trail follows the course of the River Quirós, running along the right bank and partially following the old railway tracks, as only part of the original layout still remains.

At the boundary between the boroughs of Proaza and Teverga, the trail runs through Cuevafurada Gorge to reach Valdemurio Hydroelectric Dam, where there is a large rest area. At the reservoir, the path crosses to the left bank via a long, wide wooden bridge. At this last spot, a fork runnings along the right bank of the reservoir leads to the village of Las Agüeras.

 

The trail continues on to the village of Arroxu and then passes over a long, narrow bridge to the right bank in Pontonga, passing under the road to get to Santa Marina, where there is a rest area and some old coal loaders dating from the 19th century.

From Santa Marina the trail then heads to Ricabo, passing first through the villages of Rodiles and Ronderos. It is well marked with information panels all along it.

The Santa Marina-Ricabo fork has a slight slope, although it does have five short sections with a steeper slope, two in Santa Marina, another in Rodiles, another near Ronderos and another on the way down from the Camin Real route to El Pradal (Ricabo).

18 kms
Stage 1 Tuñón - Cueva Huerta

The starting point, located in the village of Tuñón, can be accessed via the AS-228.

The trail starts in the village Tunon, in the borough of Santo Adriano. The route between Tuñon and Huerta Cave is 28 km long and takes approximately 7½ hours, while the 25-km-long route between Tuñon and Ricabo takes around 7 hours. Both have gentle slopes and are easy to do.

The first stretch is accessed from the Tuñón rest area, the trail running along the left bank of the River Trubia to subsequently pass over to the right bank and continue on between the river and the AS-228. Later, in Villanueva, borough capital of Santo Adriano, it once again runs along the left bank, crossing the river via a medieval stone bridge. A little further on, a new bridge crosses the river and the road at the place called El Xabil, leaving both on the left.

In Buyera, there is a recreational area from where you can approach the bear enclosure, where the she-bears Paca and Tola and the he-bear Furaco can be seen.

In Proaza, the Bear's Trail runs past a hydorelectric power plant, continuing once more along the right bank of the river between trees and passing through Peñas Juntas Gorge.

Further on, the trail enters Valdecerezales Gorge, not so well known as the famous Peñas Juntas Gorge, but also of spectacular beauty.

The trail then continues on to Entrago, where there is a recreational area which, among other amenities, has a restaurant and active tourism companies to hire bicycles.

There is a bus line with stops along the entire route linking Entrago and Bárzana with Tuñón, which can be used to make the return trip.

The last stretch, Entrago-Huerta Cave is almost 9 km long, reaching the village of San Martín and ending at the stunning Huerta Cave. Historical relics and natural elements come together on this route, during which you will be able to enjoy the marked contrasts in elevation in the landscape of Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Natural Park.

 

30 kms
Stage 2 Tuñón - Ricabo

The second fork of the route is also accessed from Tuñon. In Caranga de Abajo, The Bear's Trail takes a fork leading to Santa Marina, where the trail follows the course of the River Quirós, running along the right bank and partially following the old railway tracks, as only part of the original layout still remains.

At the boundary between the boroughs of Proaza and Teverga, the trail runs through Cuevafurada Gorge to reach Valdemurio Hydroelectric Dam, where there is a large rest area. At the reservoir, the path crosses to the left bank via a long, wide wooden bridge. At this last spot, a fork runnings along the right bank of the reservoir leads to the village of Las Agüeras.

The trail continues on to the village of Arroxu and then passes over a long, narrow bridge to the right bank in Pontonga, passing under the road to get to Santa Marina, where there is a rest area and some old coal loaders dating from the 19th century.

From Santa Marina the trail then heads to Ricabo, passing first through the villages of Rodiles and Ronderos. It is well marked with information panels all along it.

The Santa Marina-Ricabo fork has a slight slope, although it does have five short sections with a steeper slope, two in Santa Marina, another in Rodiles, another near Ronderos and another on the way down from the Camin Real route to El Pradal (Ricabo).