The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment has just completed the adaptation of the so-called Senda de Bolvonegro (PR-MU 110) in the municipality of Moratalla, which has made an investment of 22,748 euros co-financed with European FEDER funds within of priority actions in the Natura 2000 Network and protected natural areas of the Region of Murcia.
This path runs through the Special Conservation Area (SAC) Sierras and Vega Alta del Segura and the Alhárabe and Moratalla rivers.
In particular, the Bolvonegro Strait is the meeting point of the Alhárabe and Benamor rivers, which join to form the Moratalla river.
"This enclave is protected under different figures because of its important geological, archaeological, ecological and landscape value and with the adaptation of the path we can ensure that anyone can enjoy this natural space of great beauty," said the general director of Natural Environment, Consuelo Rosauro .
Its geomorphological component is very striking since it is a narrow and winding defile of vertical walls.
Along its route are abundant pools with water, waterfalls, and pilancones, and this ends abruptly in a collapse produced by a normal fault.
In this space there are several traditional access paths on both banks of the Moratalla river.
Along the route you can find numerous shortcuts and bifurcations that have degraded the area, causing erosive phenomena.
In addition, there are unevenness, stony stretches and gorges that can be dangerous for the users of the space.
Rosauro said that "for this reason, from the Office of Socioeconomic Promotion of the Environment of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment have implemented the actions to be a practicable path, enhancing the natural values â€‹â€‹and thus reduce the impacts of use public about this natural space ".
The works consisted in the adaptation of 2.5 km of footpath by means of the arrangement of the width of the footpath and the firm, until obtaining a minimum width of 1.5 meters;
the installation of a footbridge and a wooden bridge over the riverbed;
and the creation of three natural stone stairs to save the most dangerous unevenness of the terrain.
It has also proceeded to the installation of interpretive and directional signs.
The trail is approved by the Mountaineering Federation of the Region of Murcia and has horizontal signage that allows you to make your journey on foot in a safe and orderly manner.
Characteristics of the Bolvonegro Trail
The trail, of 6 kilometers round trip and three hours of approximate route, begins in a way that advances between fields of culture.
A few meters away, the remains of the Iberian settlement Los Molinicos appear on a small hill.
The path continues until you reach the Benamor river, where you can see the fossil remains of a Paleodictyon, proof that this area was once submerged under the sea.
About 150 meters after crossing the Benamor river is the access to the Iberian town, which can be accessed to admire its remains.
When you reach the Alhárabe River, the path accompanies the riverbed, where water pools and waterfalls abound, especially after rainy seasons.
In addition, the curious sedimentary structures, faults, folds, thrusts, old landslides and fossils that make this place of Geological Interest are important.
At the end of this route there is a fault jump where the water falls forming a small waterfall.