The Ruta de la Plata Nature Trail between Béjar and Casas del Monte

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The Ruta de la Plata Nature Trail between Béjar and Casas del Monte

Fans of cycling or hiking can enjoy the 40-kilometer route of the Greenway that runs through the towns of Béjar, Cantagallo, Puerto de Béjar, Baños de Montemayor, Hervás and Segura de Toro until reaching Casas del Monte, landscapes mountain ranges of Salamanca land and a good part of the Ambroz Valley.

Little by little the old railway route of the Ruta de la Plata unites towns, some small, many of depopulated Spain, becoming a resource for them and encouraging local economies with the attraction of small hospitality businesses located in the seasons.

Now lighted tunnels and forest and water valleys, railway structures and bridges built by Eiffel’s engineers; loading and unloading buildings, sheepfolds for livestock at stations; guards, cranes, rails, and rocky gaps in the mountain, to open a path of gentle slopes that the old locomotives could travel without difficulty by pulling their wagons and which can now be viewed with the calm that gives the route of the route on foot or on two wheels.

The ambitious idea is that the entire Ruta de la Plata railway line ends up being transformed into a greenway, from Gijón to Seville, and it is not a local resource but a pilgrimage route that links the north and south through the western part of the peninsula, the old Mozarabic Way, the southern way to go to Santiago, and thus recover some of the prominence of times past.

A little history


The Vía de la Plata was the natural path for the passage of animals during Prehistory, the easiest way to go from north to south through the peninsular osset; Later, the Romans raised their roads from Augusta Emerita to Asturica Augusta and planted chestnut trees throughout the route so that their fruit served as basic food for their troops. In the Middle Ages, al-Balat, the paved road, was an important commercial route and the settlements gradually became population centers.

Arrived at the Modern and Contemporary Age, this layout becomes a knot of communications and progress; highways and railways are manifested as essential for the consolidation of the development of industrial centers in large and small cities.

Successive crises during the twentieth century ended up condemning the trains – meeting criteria of profitability rather than public service – in favor of an improvement in the roads, which lasted a long time until the National 630 had its older sister in the A-66 motorway. For years, the rails and stations languished, until some sections became greenways for athletes and pilgrims, while others continued to fight to recover the train.

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