Local Walk 6: Asphalt - 1 hour 35 minutes

This walk is a great option in wetter weather, or if you don't have shoes suitable for the farm and forest tracks that the other walks have. The route follows small roads where you are very unlikely to see cars, but you will see amazing views of our valleys and get a real sense of the rural nature of our surroundings. Keep your eyes out for wild flowers in spring and summer. These are simply stunning.

  • Distance: 8.49km
  • Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
  • Climb: 488 metres
  • Shoe type: Walking shoes or trainers
  • Surface: Asphalt
  • Type: circular

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View from La Formiga

The route starts by taking the road out of El Caspio, keeping our carpark and garden wall to your right. Follow the road down to the crossroads and turn left towards Torazo. After 1km you will pass through Carbayón, a small hamlet with just 3 houses on the road. Keep walking straight on, keeping an eye out for a righthand turn in 200 metres. The turn has a small, black sign with “La Formiga” hand-painted on it in white. Take this turn and start the steep climb to La Formiga. In 600 meters you will come to a point where there are stunning views with the Picos de Europa in front of you, and if you turn back to look behind you will see the valley stretching back to the mountains to the South of Oviedo in the distance. La Formiga is a hamlet with just two houses, only one of them is lived in. Pass the house and turn left, back on yourself and continue uphill. In 400 metres take a right and remain on the asphalt track. This road passes behind Pico Viyao. Follow the track as it bends around the left and in another 800 metres, you will come to a fork in the road. Take the left-hand fork and follow the asphalt track downhill. You follow this road for another 2.2km. After 1 km you enter into a eucalyptus forest and, keeping on the same road, begins a steep downhill walk. At the bottom you reach a T-junction. Take a left. This is the AS-334 road, that takes you back to el gran sueño. Stay on this road for just under 2 km and you will arrive at the bus stop in front of you and the final right turn to take you on the road back to the Plaza and el gran sueño.