This natural spot will be ideal if you are looking for an interesting route in a fresh and open air environment. Prepare yourself so that all the expectations you had of a day in the Asturian forests are fulfilled. This path can be done both by bicycle or on foot as its division into sections is strategically prepared for it. You can also count on the indispensable idea of taking your pet or spending the day with the whole family. We will tell you how to access these possibilities, but first we want you to know where “La Senda del Oso“ comes from.
This greenway is located across the tracks of an old mining train pass. 20 years later, when a poacher killed a mother bear, the need arose to give their young a home. These could not adapt to life in nature and were given to the Asturian Animal Fund for protection. Since then, his home has been on La Senda del Oso. Paca and Tola, the two cubs live in semi-freedom, on a piece of land halfway up the road.
How to make the journey
You can adapt your planning to the hours you have to relax. You can also take into account how many people are going to make this journey with you. The options are wide: There are chairs, trailers and semitandems for babies. The route is even adapted so that at least 90% of the entire route can be made in a wheelchair with total comfort. If you choose to do the route by bicycle, located at the first exit (Tuñón) you will find rental shops that have all the transport we have already mentioned to facilitate your journey.
Don’t forget that if you take your pet as a traveling companion you must be prepared for the journey with water. And if your furry friend is calm or of advanced age, bear in mind that you will be able to rent a car to tow it (from the bicycle) in the journeys of the trip in which it gets tired.
You can start the route in the recreational area of Tuñón (Km. 18), in Villanueva (Km. 23), Proaza (Km. 26) or from Caranga (Km. 31).
Sections into which the route is divided
Option 1: from Tuñón to Cueva Huerta.
In the beginning, you will cross the Trubia River from its left bank for about 3.5 km with a small fork that will make you change sides until you find a stone bridge. This medieval stone bridge indicates that you have reached Villanueva and that you will return to the left side of the river. 1.5 km later, you will reach the Proaza recreational area (the main attraction of the trail) where the bears Paca and Molina are residing in semi-freedom.
They recommend that if you want to enjoy watching them, you choose to plan everything in such a way that you get there around noon. Since bears are fed at this time, it will be the time when you can best see them in contact with humans. After this delicious stop for animal lovers, 4 km further you will find a fork. It will allow you to decide if you want to go to Entrago (which means a road of 10 km more) or if you go to Santa Marina (16 km). We have to emphasize that the last option allows you to extend the road to enjoy a reservoir with recreational area called Valdemurrio.
Here you can rent canoes and make your sporting experience complete. At kilometre 6 of this stretch you will have reached Proaza, here you will see a hydroelectric power station that works from a wonderful waterfall. And then, 4.5 kilometers beyond is where the paths of La Senda del Oso really fork. Taking the road to the right, at kilometer 20 you can rest in an area prepared for it and recover strength to continue. Just 9 more kilometres and you’ll have reached Cueva Huerta.
Option 2: from Proaza to Teverga.
The total distance is 14 km and is stipulated to take about 4 hours, it was inaugurated in 1996. You pass through the Caranga mountain range, the armed cliff, the king’s armchair and the cliff of cliffs together.
Option 3: from Proaza to Quiros.
Total distance of 8 km and 4 hours. This journey ends in Santa Marina. It was inaugurated in 1999 and begins after the gorge of rocks together, passing through the village of Caranga de abajo (Proaza).
We know that the path may seem somewhat complicated in its basic explanation, so we want you to know a few points that will make you decide to carry out this path. Firstly, it is perfectly signposted with constant clarifications that refer both to the addresses and to the precautions that must be taken. Secondly, we have not spoken of the natural wonder before our eyes. From the salmon in the river to the moss-lined tunnels to the greenness that floods the magical landscape of La Senda del Oso. You won’t regret it if you’re a nature lover, especially if you’re interested in getting to know the famous bears and their history. Cheer up!