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Here are 15 easy, mostly circular routes which offer you the opportunity to enjoy the stunning Cantabrian countryside with walks through ancient woodlands, among towering mountains and along the rugged, beautiful coastline. You can explore rivers, woods and valleys, stroll in the Picos de Europa or you may be tempted to join the pilgrims on a short stretch of the Camino de Santiago del Norte. The route descriptions include driving directions from the nearest motorway junction and a guide to convenient parking places. There are also suggestions for places to visit while you’re in the area. The walks vary in distance from 3.5 to 15 kilometres and some include waymarkers and information panels. The majority can be completed with an average level of fitness and no prior experience is needed. Further guidance concerning safety and weather precautions can be found in the section ‘Walking in Cantabria.

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Western Cantabria

Coastal Walks and the Camino de Santiago

Walk 1 Comillas-San Vicente
1. Comillas to San Vicente de la Barquera

Take the bus from San Vicente to Comillas and then walk back along the Camino de Santiago, enjoying views of the beaches, cliffs and the Parque Natural de Oyambre along the way.

Distance: 6.8 miles/10.5 km
Difficulty: Easy

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2. San Vicente to Unquera

This Camino route takes you away from the busy main road, through countryside and villages and past the medieval tower at Estrada to arrive at Unquera from where you can catch the bus or train back to San Vicente.

Distance: 9.3 miles/15 km
Difficulty: Easy

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3. Prellezo

Views of the stunning Atlantic coastline and the beaches at Pechón are the highlights of this rugged route.

Distance: 3.6 miles/6 km
Difficulty: Easy

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4. La Hayuela – Monte Corona

Set in extensive woodland between Comillas and Cabezón de la Sal this undulating walk takes in two ermitas, stunning panoramic views and plenty of opportunities for wildlife-spotting.

Distance: 5.6 miles/9 km
Difficulty: Easy

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5. Around San Vicente de la Barquera

This circular walk follows the country lanes through the villages and countryside surrounding San Vicente with excellent opportunities for bird-watching and views of the area.

Distance: 4.5 miles/7 km
Difficulty: Easy

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South of Cabezón de la Sal (The Saja-Nansa Valleys)

6. Saja river walk

Starting close to the important town Cabezón de la Sal, this walk allows you to explore woodlands, parks and local villages on well-marked paths and roads.

Distance: 4 miles/6.5 km
Difficulty: Easy

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7. Renedo de Cabuérniga

The Cabuérniga Valley is the setting for this varied walk through one of Cantabria’s best walking locations.

Distance: 6.25 miles/10 km
Difficulty: Easy

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8. Ucieda – Los Bosques

Starting from a large recreation area just south of Cabezón de la Sal, wide forest tracks lead you through ancient woodland with its abundant flora and fauna.

Distance: 7.75 miles/12.5 km
Difficulty: Easy

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9. Collada de Carmona

Starting at 2000ft (611m), wide paths take you through unspoilt countryside with splendid views of the Saja and Nansa valleys.

Distance: 6 miles/9.75 km
Difficulty: Easy

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Santander Eastwards

10. Santander cliff-top walk

Enjoy stunning views of the beaches, cliff-tops and Magdalena areas of Santander.

Distance: 2 miles/3.5 km
Difficulty: Easy

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11. Santoňa – El Buciero

Starting in the important town Santoña, forest tracks and wide paths take you past impressive forts, through busy woodland, alongside lighthouses and past the local prison!

Distance: 6.2 miles/10 km
Difficulty: Easy

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The Picos de Europa

self-guided walk Fuente De
12. Descent from Fuente Dé

After taking the cable car to the upper station, you follow wide well-marked tracks on a long descent back to the lower cable car station.

Distance: 8.3 miles/14 km
Difficulty: Easy

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Picos de Europa Brez
13. Circular walk from Brez

This short, straightforward walk just off the road from Potes to Espinama provides stunning mountain scenery all the way round.

Distance: 3.2 miles/ 5.5 km
Difficulty: Easy

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self-guided walk Las Ilces
14. Espinama – Las Ilces

Starting from Espinama  you follow a circular route along the valley of the River Deva through woods and local countryside.

Distance: 4.3 miles/6.9 km
Difficulty: Easy

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Around Reinosa

self-guided walk Santa Olalla
15. Santa Olalla

Set in a quiet and unspoilt area close to the border with Castilla y León, this varied walk provides you with views of the meseta and surrounding landscape.

Distance: 4.5 miles/7.2 km
Difficulty: Easy

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No transport? No problem!

Many of these walks can be accessed by public transport and Cantabria Calling will happily provide details of local transport options. Contact Us

Would you prefer a guide to take you on one of these walks? Walks 1-9 in this series are available as guided routes and Cantabria Calling can provide an experienced, fully trained guide to lead your group. Guided Walks

If you are looking for a more challenging walk, why not purchase our book “Ten Circular Walks in Cantabria”. All the routes have been carefully selected to show you the best of what Cantabria has to offer while enjoying a ‘moderate’ walk in this beautiful region. Buy Book