Salto del Agua footpath (Matute)
- 1 h
- 3 km
The itinerary starts at the end of the village of Matute. After exiting the City council square, take the main street towards the south and, when it splits into two, take the right to the end of the village. When the village ends, the street becomes a trail that ascends the hillside. After the second pronounced curve of the trail, there is a sign that indicates the beginning of the footpath. Next to the sign there is a good view of the ravine cliffs that will be traversed. The footpath starts by descending the slope, first on a trail and afterwards down large steps created with old railroad ties. A shady area with poplar groves and ferns next to the Rigüelos Stream is reached. A little afterwards, the path crosses a wood gate and comes next to the stream. Along the walk, the footpath crosses the pool several times by different wood footbridges and passes next to two informational panels: one on the bird life in the rocks and another one on the vegetation of the ravine. In the final stretch, the ravine becomes narrower and the footpath crosses a short section under the rocks. The walk ends upon the arrival at a location where the path stops and meets with a rocky scarp where the stream falls as a small waterfall. To return, retrace your steps and return to Matute.
Ravine cleaving the rocky massif located between Tobía and Anguiano, made of highly unique conglomerate rocks, of great importance for rock-nesting birds. At the bottom of the ravine, a diverse vegetation grows, with species adapted to shaded areas and a unique flora of ferns. This area is included within the land under the Natura 2000 network (Mountain ranges of Demanda, Urbión, Cebollera and Cameros), which comprises both the SPAB (Special Protection Area for Birds) and the SCI (Site of Community Importance) previously designated with the same denomination.
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