Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Walks From The Hotel

Scenery whilst walking straight from the hotel to the Pico Moro

Over the years we have developed a number of walks which can be done starting straight from the hotel. These walks are ideal for guests who come with out a car or for those who just don’t want to worry about using their car. Just recently I’ve been doing some of these walks and checking the self guided walking notes we produce. Many of these walks go on tracks which are used and maintained by farmers so occasionally there can be changes, hence the need to revise the notes now and again.

Although you can’t get into the very high mountains (such as the Picos) walking straight from the hotel there are some very lovely walks you can do which still give you that mountain feeling as the photos show.
Up on the Sueve mountains (three weeks ago)

The Sueve mountain range just behind the hotel with its summit the Pico Pienzu (1050 m.) provides for stunning walking. Depending on your fitness level you can walk to the cross straight from the hotel or get a taxi (5.00 Euros) to the Fito viewing point (to save some of the climb) and then walk up to the cross and/or back to the hotel. This really is a lovely walk and one I do various times over the winter months.

The viewing point "El Mirador del Fito"

Looking towards the coast in the Sueve mountains (about a month ago)

Pico Moro is a lower mountain (556m) which also has a cross on its summit, and can be incorporated in to a circular walk starting directly from the hotel. There are fantastic views along the walk over the Sella valley and to all the surrounding mountain ranges.

Goats on Pico Moro

The summit of Pico Moro (last week)

.There are two shorter circular walks from the hotel “The Green Path” and the walk to the Santa Marina chapel. The Green Path takes you along a lovely path to the village of Pendas where there are excellent views over the River Sella and to the Picos de Europa. You can then walk down a small road into Arriondas or back to the hotel. The route to the Santa Marina Chapel takes you to an isolated chapel and then follows a small stream through woodland back to the hotel.

The woodland path back to the hotel from the Santa marina Chapel

Approaching Arriondas from the Green Path

A very popular and different walk is one from the village of Sevares to the hotel. Normally people walk along the green path in to Arriondas where they catch the narrow gauge railway to Sevares and then walk back to the hotel. This route takes you along quiet tracks and minor roads through small villages and delightful rural scenery. It also gives you a good insight in to the traditional farming life of the area.

Walking from Sevares to the Hotel on a frosty morning (a couple of days ago)

The working water mill close to the hotel (on the Sevares walk)

It’s also possible to walk from the hotel to the coast (Playa La Vega) along the Fito foothills. This walk takes about four and half hours so most people who do this walk return either by taxi or walk on into the coastal town of Ribadesella (another two hours walking) where it is possible to get a train or bus back to the hotel.

The Fito hills walking to the coast from the Hotel

The sea in sight whilst walking to Playa La Vega

Playa La Vega

There are also plenty of other walks which can be done using public transport which we haven’t mentioned in this blog entrance. However public transport isn’t always that frequent so train and bus times need to be checked first. We are also in the process of developing a couple of new walks which can be done straight from the hotel (but more on those soon.)

More rewarding scenery walking from the hotel; the cross on the summit of Pico Moro

So I’ll just carry on enjoying myself walking from the hotel, revising the walking notes to have them ready for when our guests come.

More information on the walks that can be done around the hotel

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