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We took a taxi to from Peñafiel to Pesquera de Duero as we had walked this bit in 2017 (click here) and also to shorten a 31 km stage.
So we did 24.4 km in 5½ hours of comfortable walking, taking advantage of traditional paths of the fishermen. The day was chilly, dull and overcast (not good for photos) but it’s the nicest section of the GR14 passing through jungle along the River to more open spaces, the Duero always in view.
Quintanilla de Onésimo – Tudela de Duero
18 May 2019 GR14 STAGE 13
To shorten another long walk we took a bus to Sardón de Duero leaving 16.8 km for 3 hours 35 minutes to Tudela de Duero. The first half was beside the Duero Canal built in the 1880’s to supply fresh drinking water to Valladolid; the second half along the Duero River again. In 8 km the canal drops 10 meters giving the water a speed of about 2-3 kph and a gentle down slope for us.
It was lovely walking along the Canal. Here are a couple of photos.
Tudela de Duero – Laguna de Duero
19 May 2019 via DUERO CANAL
The next stage of the Senda del Duero finishes at a place with no accommodation so instead we walked along the Duero Canal to Langa de Duero. A wonderful day’s walking; 14.4 km, 3½ hours.
Laguna de Duero – Simancas
20 May 2019 via CAMINO DEL ABROJO
From Laguna to Simancas we decided to go via the Pinar de Antequera forest using the Camino del Abrojo which translates as “Thistle Path”. There are no thistles but over 1,000 hectares of pine trees first noted in the 10th century and protected since. Easy going on a sandy track for 11 km in 2 hours 25 minutes.
Simancas rises on the right bank of the Pisuerga River which flows into the Duero. The fairy tale castle was built in the 15th century over an Arab fortress, became a prison and is now the National Archives keeping all the documentation produced by the Spanish monarchy from 1475 until 1834. We approached the town across the 17 arch Roman-medieval bridge still used, pedestrians only.
Simancas – Tordesillas
21 May 2019 GR14 STAGE 15
Again this stage was a bit too long for us so we decided to catch a bus to the next village to shorten it. Jumped on the bus and then found it wasn’t stopping anywhere before Tordesillas in spite of the online schedule!
Instead we made a circular walk from Tordesillas to San Miguel del Pino on the Senda del Duero and back along the Canal de Tordesillas for a total of 19.9 km, 4½ hours. It turned out to be “better” in a way – we were walking into the sun and seeing the Duero in a different light.