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Greenway of La Demanda
The Greenway of La Demanda runs along an amazing route on a track which is almost intact, where the vegetation and surroundings that once witnessed the passing of the old train are still escorting the route.
A large part of the journey follows the course of the river Arlanzón. It starts out in Monterrubio de la Demanda and ends in the town in Burgos named after the river. The Uzquiza reservoir is situated in the outskirts, which helps to enhance the natural heritage of this route, which uses the old mining train's track, abandoned since the fifties.
Monterrubio de la Demanda is situated on the geographic frontier with La Rioja, and from the beginning of the last century it was connected to Burgos by rail and, from there, with the rest of the country. However, dreams were shattered.
The length of this route totals about forty kilometres. From Barbadillo to Maquilo there is a distance of about 16 kilometres, and 23 from Pineda de la Sierra to the end of the route in Arlanzón. Burgos' Camino de Santiago passes close to this town and the Monastery of San Juan de Ortega is situated in its surroundings.
The Greenway of La Demanda crosses the open area belonging to the Reserva Nacional de Caza de la Sierra de la Demanda (the Sierra de la Demanda national hunting reserve). Also in Pineda de la Sierra is the Valle de Sol resort, frequented by ski lovers throughout the winter.
The route goes through one of the three tunnels belonging to the old line, although it is not yet completely ready for use, and crosses eight bridges.The surface consists of uncompressed earth, although stretches made alternately of asphalt and ballast are in progress.
Source: Web server of Instituto de Turismo de España, TURESPAÑA.