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.
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.
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.
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 Ascent||1,200 m|
|Altitude||190 – 1160 – 190|
|Total Walking time||6-7 hours|
|Terrain||Tracks and paths|
|Refreshments||No only at the Hotel|