Leisure and Nature

Leisure and Nature

Cuellar has a great diversity of nature, and leisure.

The Path of the fishermen

In a riverside forest of extraordinary biodiversity, the path introduces you, along 7,3 km. in one of the most extensive and important resin pine forests in the country. The Tierra de Pinares region extends through the sandy plain of sedimentary origin south of the Duero and the calcareous wastelands. On the basins of the rivers, Duratón, Cega, Pirón, Voltoya, Eresma and Adaja are dotted with wooded spots that in some places reach large areas. The Cega fits into the ravine up to 60 m. deep in the middle of the sandy plain. The Senda de los Pescadores crosses part of the banks of the Cega in the middle of one of the largest continuous formations of the pine forest. Pinus pinaster appears as the dominant species in the region of the land of Segovian pine forests with one of the largest areas of this species in the whole country. In a territory of extreme temperatures and sparse rainfall with a large summer drought, numerous lagoons, navazos and riverbanks appear as oases in the forest, which serve as a refuge for various plant species that depend on the water in the subsoil. These areas, always linked to the water, also host a varied fauna that, sheltering on the large wooded area, find an extraordinary habitat here. Here, the river Cega in its run from the Central System to the Douro River, following the lines of geotectonic weakness, fits into ravines with a depth of 20 to 60 m. and a maximum width of 300 m. On the walls of these ravines a gallery forest of extraordinary diversity and abundance with very different characteristics according to the degree of soil moisture and sunlight is installed.

The biotope of the path winds its way along the shady slope, here the ground is covered by a continuous carpet of vegetation; It is the ivy, always green, that in some points climbs trees and envelops them. We will also see many other species of plants adapted to these conditions of humidity and shade, the brambles are the first to occupy the clearings with the fall of the trees, and the ferns, will come to cover the path when reaching almost our height, so we will have caution with nettles that are very abundant on the road. The path runs along the shadowed slope, the most leafy. Up in the pine forest the numerous wetlands and small lagoons allow this slope that faces north to remain humid all year round, (one could say that the wall drips in some places) and provides an appreciable flow to the river mainly in the summer. The sun is drier and steeper the sandstone cuttings in some totally vertical points are less leafy but no less interesting and spectacular, the springs appear in specific places and form springs and streams.

The Senda de los Pescadores starts its journey next to the A-601 MOTORWAY, taking exit number 57. The river Cega is accessed under the bridge of the highway, and in the old bridge of the old road we can park and start the path walking along the Cega.

The whole route is signposted, and in the different sections you can return through the pine forest to the starting point.

The park of the Huerta del Duque de Cuéllar

Located in the back of the castle of the villa in lands that occupy more than eight hectares, it has been owned by the town of Cuellar for some months, after the cession made by the current Duke of Alburquerque, Ioanes Osorio and Bertrán de Lis al municipality. Every year the Huerta del Duque is used and enjoyed by hundreds of cuellarans, especially on hot summer nights, where you can find a place to cool off.

Also in this place the City Council organizes sports activities, the Mudéjar Medieval Fair for several years or various cultural activities, such as the night of San Juan, as well as sports events. The park of the Huerta del Duque is currently one of the scenarios normally used by the municipality and not only as a place to stay, walk or recreation.

Golf course "Villa de Cuéllar"

Very near the municipality, around two kilometers in the direction of Cantalejo, is "la Vega" an extensive pasture, former pasture area, where currently is the golf course "Villa de Cuéllar", in an extension of 25 hectares. There, next to El Espadañal, next to pine groves, poplar groves and wetland and delimited by the Cerquilla stream, you can cross its nine holes of double exit, which is considered one of the best fields of Castilla y León. The facilities are municipal and is managed by the Villa de Cuéllar Golf Club, since March of 1997 that began its journey.

Technical Data
  • Field of 9 holes with double exit
  • Yellow Bars: Value Field: 69.8 Slope Value: 119 Par: 72
  • Red Bars: Value Field: 73.0 Slope Value: 119 Par: 72
  • Villa de Cuéllar Golf Club
  • Ctra Cantalejo, Km. 3'5 - Cuellar
  • Telephone: 921 14 21 58

The Espadañal

It is a large expanse of water where we can find the most varied fauna of the region and where numerous species of migratory and amphibious birds, also crabs and small fish that go up the Cerquilla meet. It is worth highlighting the presence of one of the most beautiful raptors, the eaglet pale and occasional black storks, anasteras, cormorants, geese ...

To reach El Espadañal, located in the Prado Vega, about 6 km from Cuéllar, it is necessary to take the CL-112 road towards Cantalejo, deviating through the access to the industrial estate "Prado Vega" and the golf course.

The limits of the studied zone are the following: to the north, the Pradillos stream including the repopulations of black poplars on its banks; to the east, the artificial tubed channel that was used to transfer water from the Cega river to the Cerquilla stream; to the south, the road that connects the Vega with Dehesa Mayor by the edge of the dunes and pine forests and to the west, the small dike that retains the natural outlet of the water and partially allows it to flooded. The Espadañal is part of the Prado Vega and as such it is to be assumed that the laws that regulated its use would be common for the two spaces. The Ordinances of the year 1499 of the Community of Villa and Tierra de Cuéllar have some Laws that regulated the use of these spaces at the end of the Middle Ages. The marshy areas have traditionally been considered inhospitable places related to diseases. Proof of this is the remarkable decline of these areas during the last fifty years: The El Espadañal wetland, which reached an extension of 150 hectares, was dried in the 60 years by the National Institute of Colonization. To carry out this process, two actions were carried out. The effectiveness of the actions was total, in a year El Espadañal went from being a wet area to becoming a secarral, with the consequent disappearance of the fauna and flora associated with the wet spaces.

The Espadañal is located north of the "Tierra de Pinares", halfway between the sierras of the Central System and the Duero Basin. The El Espadañal wetland, which reached an extension of 150 hectares, was drained at the beginning of the 1960s by diverting the waters of the Pradillos stream through an artificial channel and channeling the rainwater and the springs. Wetlands are fragile ecosystems, threatened and with a high value of naturalistic and cultural conservation.