A healthy walk about el Regatón

 

Type of route: apie

Type of walk: Lineal.

Type of firme: Asphalt and sand.

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How to get there:

At the Derechos Humanos Avenue, passed the Hospital Comarcal, we find a crossroad on the left that has access to the two campings in the area. Here we can find the  route information board.

We are going to do a relaxed and comfortable walk, highly recommneded for an afternoon, to enjoy the sunset.

The Asón estuary and the Regatón beach are integrated within the Santoña, Victoria and Joyel Marshes Nature Park, important wetland in the north of Spain with various protection figures due to its biodiversity importance, specially on migratory birds.

We start the route at the information board.
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We take the road we mentioned above and enter, through sand dunes, towards the REgatón beach. We go by the environmental information point of the la Mancomunidad de Municipios Sostenibles de Cantabria, where we can obtain aditional information about the Nature Park.
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On this first section, of no longer than a kilometer, the route goes through dunes and eucaliptus fields.
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Migratory birds visit the area during the autumn and winter months. If you have binoculars, bring them with you, as you will be able to see ducks, herons and egrets in the natural environment.
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When arriving at the first camping we continue to the right.
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The local flora in the area are laurel, hawthorn or ash.
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tThe route is sign posted. See on map
At the end of the road we have reached the Regatón beach.
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Opposite: we see the central section of the estuary, with the mount Montehano in the background, perfectly distingal fondo, perfectamente distinguisable by its conic shape.
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On the right: the beach, wide and straight, stretches towards the puntal de Laredo where the Asón estuary exists the sea.
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On the left: there is a sandy path that runs paralalel to the beach, Colindres direction.
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We have now arrived to the Regatón stream.
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We need to cross the stream through a wooden bridge.
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At this point we continue a few more metres forward seeing the ruins of a dyke and soon find an information board, in which the main environmental values of the area are explained.
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After this we can continue the route following the sign.
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It is easy to see gatherer of shellfish in this area.
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We are now aproaching to Colindres, and by its maritime promenade we will be going back to our staring point.
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We are walking back to Laredo, through a dirt track. The path is situated by dykes traditionally built to isolate and dry some fields.
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On this section of the route we find information boards on the marshes and the value of this ecosystem. .
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If the tide is low, we will be able to see winding channels where the birds feed. Salt resistant vegetation grows on the highest areas.
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If the tide is high, the scennery is completely different. We will only see small islets covered by vegetation.
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