Local Walk 2: Ridge Pass (extended) - 1 hour 40 minutes
This route circles Pico Viyao completely and crosses a ridge giving spectacular views of our valley and the neighbouring valley between us and the coast. Heading downhill through the eucalyptus forest, past La Roza and through the woods to Busllería. Closing the circle via San Cristóbal's Church.
- Distance: 8.51 km
- Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Climb: 264 metres
- Shoe type: Decent walking shoes
- Surface: Forest, clay and asphalt
- Type: circular
The route starts in the plaza of El Caspio and enters the woods opposite the guest house. Following the well-trodden path through the woods, keep going straight on and follow the path to the right. Keeping right you will emerge on the road in front of the turning taking you up to Brecín. Walk through the hamlet and round the hórreo. In the upper leftthand corner of the hamlet, between two houses, you leave the hamlet’s square and start heading into the woods. You pass a chicken hut on your right and head up a grass path. At the top turn left and enter the woods. Keep heading uphill. After 1km you will reach La Formiga.
Take the road behind the house and continue to climb the hill. After 300 metres you will come to a sharp righthand turn in the road. Take a right turn and continue uphill. 200 metres later you will pass a small animal enclosure on your left. Just after this, there is a dirt track to the right. This 2km track leads all the way round Pico Viyao. From the southern side you will see breathtaking views of the Picos de Europa and can even spot el gran sueño approximately 200 metres below you. Continue on this dirt track until you reach the asphalt road. Take a left and turn back on yourself with Pico Viyao on your right. Continue along the road. You will pass the animal enclosure on your left and then, meet the road that can take you back to La Formiga. There is a grass trail to your right. Take this track.
The track goes slightly downhill and after 100 metres you reach a point where there is one track in front, down a steeper hill and one to the left which is almost level. Take the left track and head across the ridge. To the left, you will see our valley, to the right the valley that sits between us and the coast. Keep walking down this track which enters the eucalyptus forest and continues for about 800 metres. where you reach a T-junction. Turn left and join the asphalt track.
The asphalt road continues down a steep hill for 500 metres until you reach a T-junction at the bottom. Take a lefthand turn on the road.
There is a slight hill climb for 300 metres on the road, until you reach La Roza, a grand farmhouse with a walled garden. Turn right, off the road and walk along the grass track with the walled garden on your right.
The track continues through the woods for 400 metres until you emerge at the bottom in Busllería, a tiny hamlet with a handful of houses. The walk continues on the asphalt track, keeping the houses on your right and walking downhill. After 600 metres you will come to a T-junction. You can see the church of San Cristóbal to your left and in front of you. Take the left turn and continue past the church and along the lane. You will pass a farmhouse on your right and the lane continues to the left. Keep walking for another 100 metres and the road takes a sharp turn to the right and up a steep, but short hill. Half-way up you come to a triangle in the road and the chapel belonging to the Palacio in front you. Take the left-hand turn and you are on the final leg.
Walking along the lane you will pass the Palacio on your right, an hórreo on your left and a row of farm buildings and small houses. As you pass the last house the road takes a right-hand turn up a small hill, at the top of which you will see el gran sueño.