Path to the Dam
A pleasant walk begins from the foot of the Castle heading down the slope that leads to the recently restored 19th century laundry along the path that leads to the dam of the river Tirón, approximately one kilometre away.
Taking advantage of the course of the river, a communal laundry was built in 1862. It cost 7,567 reais and it was planned with a double-sloped roof, a set of 10 ashlar stone columns and 5 central wooden posts, containing a total of 27 stone slabs on the two sides for the washerwomen . Without a doubt, this social space heard many popular stories, songs and jokes from the village. Too its side, you can see the building of an old flour mill dating from the middle of the 18th century, which later became a power station taking advantage of the power of the river, which today is abandoned.
The first news about this building is from 1752 and is extracted from the Land Registry of Marqués de la Ensenada. It tells us that 89 neighbours lived in Cuzcurrita that year and when describing the village, it mentions that “next to the walls and moat of the Palace Castle and on the banks of the Tirón river there was a two-wheeled Mill, which grinds with water from the river itself and it has a house for the miller and his family”.
Once past the laundry across the bridge and under the Castle, the waterfall that drains part of the river channel that runs through the Castle estate emerges refreshing and powerful.
Continuing along the path for one kilometre, we cross a path in the shade of the poplar trees and the shrub vegetation that accompanies the channelling of a water diversion for the Castle, in the first section. The trees of the orchard serve as a refuge, especially in spring and summer, when the heat begins. Looking back you will be able to see a beautiful silhouette of the water and the Castle, which will make you travel to the world of children’s fantasy, as in fairy tales.
At the end of the path, crossing the poplar area, you reach the dam that regulates water in the village and also serves as a recreational space. An abundant river vegetation and the freshness of the water that cascades down from the highest section of the river, serve as a framework to enjoy this special natural spot of Cuzcurrita.
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