|The majada or mountain pasture of Vega Ceñal in the Western Massif of the Picos de Europa|
|A farmer moves his cows from a lower valley settlement to the high mountain pasture near the majada de Juentes|
|Cows grazing in the high pastures way above the Lakes of Covadonga|
Many people never left the majadas from spring through to winter, remaining high in the mountains with their animals for 6 or 7 months of the year, living in clusters of small stone huts. However today very few farmers spend the summer months in the mountain settlements, most just visit their animals a couple of times each week.
|The stunning setting of the abadoned high pastures of the Beyugal where farners would have lived for up to six months of the year|
|A stone pig stye in the pastures of Mohandi|
|The evocative settlement of El Hascal about to be engulfed in mist|
|Farmers hut near Vega Ario on one of the classic walks in the Westen Massif of the Picos de Europa|
|Goats in Los Bobias|
|Traditional Gamoneu cheese making in the high mountains pasture of Vega Maor|
|Goats being milked for cheese in the early morning sun. Los Bobias|
|A difficult pass; Paso El Picayo originally used by farmers now used by brave walkers.|
|A farmers stone hut in El Hascal|
|Sheep grazing above Los Bobias|
The people of the Picos de Europa co-evolved with the landscape during millennia, grazing their livestock, cutting wood for building and burning, coppicing chestnuts and hazels, harnessing the power of water to grind their grain, and leaving their mark on the landscape in many ways, as it left its mark on them. It is this symbiosis of people and landscape that lends the area its inspirational quality.
|Man co-evolving with the landscape Vega La Piedra|