Vertavillo - Valle de Arranca

Province of Palencia, District of

Cerrato Palentino


Type of route: Circular

Distance: 9.1 miles

Degree of difficulty: Low

Duration on foot: 5 hours

Duration by bicycle: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recommended time of year: Spring and autumn



This route passes through a part of the Site of Community Importance of Montes de Cerrato. In this natural space, rain-fed crops mix with areas of Mediterranean woodland and grasslands and thyme bushes. The Mediterranean vegetation is primarily made up of holm and gall oaks, Spanish junipers and junipers.

The fauna and bird life in particular are very varied, which means you can watch farmland birds such as the Eurasian thick-knee, Montagu’s harrier, red-legged partridge, crested lark and northern wheatear, as well as others from more wooded environments, such as the common buzzard, great spotted woodpecker and jay.

At the half-way mark you must stop at the Corrales de la Tiñosa, a traditional stone construction that witnessed ancient local cattle raising customs.

At the furthest away point from the start of this route stands the Arranca Valley, through which the Cañada Real Burgalesa ravine passes. Due to its use as a livestock trail, the back of the valley has not been cultivated, thereby preserving a wonderful pasture. The forest surrounding the pasture is the ideal habitat for the hawfinch and stock dove.


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