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Climbing up to Bustaco

Above the early morning mist on the way up to the Pico Pienzu from Hotel Posada del Valle

Its not often we discover new footpaths close to the hotel so when we learnt about the new PR or “pequeño recorrido” (an official short route) from Arriondas up to the Pico Pienzu it was quite exciting. It was even better when I realised this route past just behind the small out crop in front of the hotel and could easily be incorporated into a new self guided walking route for our guests.

Almost at the summit

Almost at the summit

Some guests already walk from the hotel to the Pico Pienzu via the Mirador del Fito, but this involved 6 kms along small tarmac roads. So by using this new PR the new route barely goes on any tarmac roads and offers some very spectacular and varied scenery. It’s also the route the runners use when competing in the yearly mini marathon from Arriondas to the Pienzu cross.

Looking at the coast from the Pico Pienzu summit

View of the coast from the summit of the Picos Pienzu

Starting at the hotel the route follows a woodland stream to the village of Bodes and then up some farmers tracks to the Bustaco pastures. From here it is up to the Pienzu cross on the standard route returning and back to Bustaco the same way. Another farmer’s track takes you to the village of Cofiño where a smaller path takes you over the Peña Las Escodas and eventually brings you round the Peña Forcada to the hotel. For those of you have got the energy a steep but rather lovely walk.

Hotel Posada del Valle

Arriving back at Hotel Posada del Valle

 

Technical Information

Map Pico Pienzu circular from Hotel Posada del Valle Collia

Download GPS trail from wikiloc

Self guided walking notes and GPS trail available for guests from the hotel

Type of walk Circular
Starting Point Hotel Posada del Valle Collia
Finishing Point Hotel Posada del Valle Collia
Grading Moderate – Difficult
Total Length 17,5
Total Ascent 1,200 m
Altitude 190 – 1160 – 190
Total Walking time 6-7 hours
Terrain Tracks and paths
Navigation Easy
Refreshments No only at the Hotel
Map Colunga

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