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Greenway of Channel of Castilla

FROM FÓMISTA TO PALENCIA

The Greenway of Channel of Castilla track, from Frómista to Palencia, runs 39 kilometres along the tow track that wanders parallel to this arm of the sea where it passes through Palencia territory. It crosses the valleys of the rivers Pisuerga and Carrión on compacted earth tracks helping walkers and cyclists to go on their way. The importance of this route is enhanced by the fact that a large part of it coincides with the Camino de Santiago. The entire route is escorted by rows of trees that rise up from the shores of the canal.

Frómista is an important setting on the Jacobean route, while, at the same time, a historic and monumental town of great value. Although it is not a vía verde track as such, due to the train's activity, its signposting is in perfect condition.


FROM ALAR DEL REY TO FRÓMISTA

This stretch is 57 kilometres long and is one of the most beautiful ones along the Canal de Castilla, for it starts out at the source of this magnificent 150 year-old piece of hydraulic engineering. It is set in the valley of the river Pisuerga. The tow roads are made of firmly beaten compact earth with vegetation on the borders and are in good condition. They run along the very bank of the canal, which allows the walker to enjoy all this artificial river's architecture, crossing bridges, locks, docks and aqueducts.

The most outstanding towns found along the way are Alar de Rey, Osorno, Frómista and Herrera de Pisuerga -, where the Canal de Castilla Interpretation Centre is located at the San Andrés dam.


FROM PALENCIA TO VALLADOLID

This vía verde track runs between the Palencia capital and the Vallodolid basins, which is the end of the so-called "Ramal Sur" branch of the Canal de Castilla. This is a flat route, bordered by vegetation and groves, which allows walkers to walk on a well looked after compact earth path. The line goes through towns of great historic interest such as the capital of Palencia itself, the town of Dueñas on Palencia territory, Cubillas de Santa Marta and Corcos del Valle. Wine from Cigales with the Designation of Origin label includes these last three townships, the last two in the province of Valladolid.

The Cistercian monastery of Santa María de Palazuelos, which borders on the tow road very close to the Puente de Cabezón de Pisuerga, is worth visiting.

Although the train has never gone through these tow roads, the Canal de Castilla vía verde track meets all the other characteristics that come under this title.


Source: Web server of Instituto de Turismo de España, TURESPAÑA.

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