Thursday, 17 October 2013

A new circular walk from the Hotel

The Sueve mountain range where the new circular walk goes
Asturias is a paradise for walkers but unfortunately many of the walks are not well waymaked and information in English is often very limited. So about ten years ago we started putting together a collection of self guided walking notes to help our guests enjoy the many fabulous walks Asturias has to offer. In the beginning we offered maps and notes for only 10 walks but over the years we have selected and incorporated new routes and now have 42 self guided walks for our guests to choose from.

Views of snow capped mountains from the Sueve Mountains in the the spring
One of our most popular local walks is along the Coastal Mountains of the Sueve where guests take a short taxi ride to the Mirador del Fito and then walk back along paths and tracks to the hotel. Up untill now when guests have wanted to do this as a circular walk they have had to start the walk by going for six kms along a minor road up to the Mirador del Fito. It’s a very minor road for most of the way with practically no traffic but it’s still a road.
View of the mountain behind the hotel
So last year when I discovered a new footpath between two local villages; Cofiño and Arriondas I knew this was the missing link for a new circular walk from the hotel along the Sueve Mountains but avoiding the 6 kms along the minor road. I wrote the self guided notes at the beginning of this season and now various guests have tested out the new notes and I am pleased to say none got lost!

Walking along by the stream near Bodes

Open farmland along the walk

The walk goes along a variety of different paths and tracks; following streams, passing through open farmland, along the Sueve Mountains and then finally skirts around the Peña Forcada and back to the hotel. However this circular walk involves a 600m accumulative ascent and in one small section attention needs to be taken with navigation, also in another part the path is quite rocky so this walk may not be for everybody.

Track coming back to the hotel

Stunning views from the Sueve mountains

For those who do attempt the walk the scenery is varied and many of the views are simply stunning and then for those walkers with plenty of energy there is the possibility of including the ascent to the Summit El Pico Pienzo, but that makes it a total of 1200m ascent!

Early morning views on the new circular walk.
 More information on the walk can be found on the link to our walking blog below:
Circular walk from Hotel Posada del Valle Collia to the Pico Pienzu
Happy walking!


Anonymous said...

Now you find a new walk, and I am tempted anew to pay a visit next year! I hope you had a good season this year; guests like me need you to succeed in order that I can enjoy all that Posada del Valle has to offer for many years to come! Keep discovering & walking your own particularly inspiring 'path'!

sara said...

I couldn't agree more with your Ace Hotel pick. I have been to each hotel at all their locations and have NEVER been let down.


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