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The beginning of Monte Moro with Ribadesella in the distance

Taking a short journey on the narrow gauge train always seems a nice way to start a walk and to start this walk you take the train from Arriondas to Cuevas following the River Sella. Not so many people use the train these days as it is a rather slow way to travel and stops at many small villages; I was the only person getting of at Cuevas and no one got on.  The main access to the village of Cuevas (where the walk starts) is by a road which passes through a cave or “Cueva” that is over 200m long and gives its name to the village. I decided to visit the “cave” before starting the walk as it really is quite impressive to see how the road winds through this dimly lit limestone cavern with the occasional stalactite and traces of a small stream running through it.

The village of Cuevas

Once I had taken the small detour to see the cave I started the walk which is sign posted Monte Moro and starts directly from the village of Cuevas. It begins with a gentle but continual climb using forestry tracks which first pass through Eucalyptus forests and latter pine forests. There are plenty of clearings with views over the River Sella the surrounding mountains including the Picos de Europa and the coast.  After a while you reach the gentle crest of this small mountain range “Monte Moro” and then carry on walking along the crest. I had forgotten just how good the views were in many places and as there were clouds forming over the Picos  this made the views all the more spectacular.

Looking towards the Picos from Monte Moro

After a while you leave the forestry tracks and carry along the summit of a spur, conveniently cleared as a fire break, before descending down the mountain side to the edge of a farm. Carefully following the farmer’s tracks through the fields you come to “Busternales” a farm building nestled in a col and with its own small chapel now used as a farm store.

Views to the coast from Monte Moro

At this point you have to decide whether to carry along the crest to Pico Moro and back to the hotel which involves an extra 220 m ascent and is about 1 km longer or follow the cement track down to the road and back to the hotel.  To go up to Pico Moro you follow a goat track which is a little overgrown in places but offers lots more spectacular views whilst the way back via the road is easier going, all be it 4 kms along the road. As I had to pick vegetable and serve dinners that evening I decided to go back along the road and was only passed by 2 cars.

Technical Information

Profile Cuevas a Hotel

Map Cuevas to Hotel Posada del Valle

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


Type of walk A to B
Starting Point Cuevas
Finishing Point Hotel
Acces Starting a Cuevas railway station 20 min by train from Arriondas and returning by train from Ribadesella
Public transport options Using narrow gauge railway FEVE
Grading Medium to difficult
Total Length 14´5 Km (15,6 Km returning via Pico Moro)
Total Ascent 650 m  (850m returning via Pico Moro)
Altitude 10 – 500 180
Total Walking time 5 hour
Terrain tracks
Navigation Easy
Refreshments Bar in the village of Cuevas
Map Mapa Topográfico Nacional de España: Ribadesella

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