Saturday, 11 August 2012

The information we provide for walkers.

Asturias is fabulous for walking!

For anyone who enjoys walking Asturias has so much to offer, yet information on walking and particularly in English is very limited. It’s easy enough to find something about the Carres gorge and one or two of the popular walks but there are so many other spectacular walks which are more difficult to find reliable information on. We have lived in Asturias for seventeen years now and as keen walkers that’s given us lots of time to walk and discover the huge possibilities Asturias has to offer to walkers and over the years the way we present this information to guests has changed.

Less well known routes like the Canal de Urdon

In the first years of the hotel I used to lead walking holidays based at our hotels for a couple of UK companies. Then about 10 years ago we started producing self guided walking notes for our guests and these have proved to be extremely popular. In October 2008 we produced our first “self guided walking” book with 35 self guided walks in the Picos de Europa and Asturias and in April 2010 we produced the second edition with 42 walks and more information on the walks which can be done with out using a car; 19 walks in total!

Walking in Ponga with the help of our self guided notes

Well we’ve just produced the 3rd edition of our self guided walking book and even more effort, time (and enjoyment) has gone into producing this latest guide. With the help of a GPS all the walking data; distance, ascents etc. has been checked and corrected where necessary. There is also a copy of a map for each walk with the route marked out on it. We call it a book but it’s not been published as such so I am afraid you can’t buy it, the print edition is only here at the hotel though most of it is available on line. 

Walking the along the coast

The satisfaction of reaching a summit with the help of our notes

We continually check and update our self guided walking notes, either from our own observations whilst walking or from guests’ comments. We still have a full collection of maps so we can lend the appropriate maps to guests to accompany the self guided notes for those who want them.  

Walking in less well known areas between Caso and Ponga with the help of a GPS track

For those guests who have a GPS we also have the tracks for the self guided walking notes available to down load. Although we have self guided walking notes for about 40 walks we have information (including GPS tracks) at the hotel for many more walks (probably over 100!) so those guest who come to visit us year after year still have something new.

Gentle river walks

Challenging mountain routes; there is something for everyone

Most of the information about the self guided walks is available on line either under the self guided walking section of the hotel web page or in our new walking blog On this web page there is information about the walks a personal description of each walk as well as the map with the walk marked on it and the GPS track.

But not all the walks are for everybody!!

I am afraid the actual notes for each self guided walk aren’t on line they are only available for guest along with the appropriate map at the hotel. Probably more important at the hotel we can help advice guests on the best and most suitable walks according to their walking abilities and the weather conditions, as well as provide information on any recent occurrences which may affect the walk

Enjoy the walk, and a rest!
Happy Walking!!

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