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24th August - 9th September 2016

We made a trip to Northern Spain in October 2015 to "scout out" the Picos de Europa as a venue for mountain walking, and this two week trip was the culmination of that planning. The area is not that well known and good guide books in English are scarce, as are good maps of the standard of the Ordnance Survey series in the U.K. Hence we felt we needed the help of an experience operator, and booked the trip through Colletts Mountain Holidays of Saffron Walden. The Colletts plan is very flexible; you can arrive any day that you want and stay as long as you want; there are two organised walks each day (an "Easy" walk and a "Hard" walk), with the exception of Wednesday and there are Colletts staff on hand to walk with you. Colletts make it clear that their staff are not professional guides and the word "Guide" is never used, but Colletts offer their own description of 30 standard walks in the area.

Colletts have an arrangement wit Posada El Corcal, a nice hotel situated in Tama, a couple of kilometers from Potes. Breakfast is served in the Posada, and the evening meal is served in the Posada's restaurant, Casa Fofi, fifty yards away.

 

Colletts Mountain Holidays,
3a Market Hill,
Saffron Walden,
Essex CB10 1HQ
Tel: 01799 513331
https://www.colletts.co.uk

Brittany Ferries "Cap Finistere" to Bilbao, Spain

  Departure Arrival
Wednesday 24th August ETD Portsmouth 11-45 hrs ETA Bilbao 12:45 hrs (Thursday 25th)
Thursday 8th September ETD Bilbao 15:30 hrs ETA Portsmouth 14:15 hrs ( Friday 9th )

 

 

Two-berth cabin on "Cap Finistere"

Accommodation

Posada El Corcal,
Carretera General,
39584 Tama.
Tel: 00 34 942 730 734

The entrance to Posada El Corcal is down a short narrow lane immediately before the Casa Fofi; it is better to park in one of the two designated parking areas on the main road and to walk down to the Reception at the Posada. It is possible to drive down to the Reception, but unless you have a small car there is a danger of scraping the side on the narrow turns.

 

Posada El Corcal

The narrow lane leading to Posada El Corcal...plenty of cars have come to grief in this twisty section!

The restaurant "Casa Fofi" with the smaller of the parking areas on the main road

Posada El Corcal

Breakfast room - Posada El Corcal

Very comfortable room

"Office Hour" in the evening, and a discussion re the routes for the following day. Left to Right: Aileen, Liz, Mike, Robin, Emma (S) and Fran.

 

Dinner at Casa Cofi. L to R: Ian,Sue, Jim, Aileen, Lesley, Becks, Fran, Oscar, Robin, Emma (S), Jane and Bruce

 

Schedule of Walks

 

    Distance Time Elevation in meters
   
Km

inc Stops Gain Loss Min Max
1 Urdón to Treviso 16.53 6H05 818 818 93 911
2 Coriscao 9.33 4H06 529 529 1690 2204
3 Peña Oviedo 13.13 4H21 678 678 820 1454
4 Cares Gorge 18 4H44 400 400 282 914
5 Horcados Rojos 12.55 5H22 550 550 1738 2377
6 Somaniezo Stroll 11.85 4H44 250 250 670 934
7 Mountain to Ocean 13.9 5H13 650 641 306 751
8 Pico Jano 10.34 4H25 589 589 909 1426
9 Brez 6.22 2H33 288 288 739 973
10 Two Valleys 17.12 5H03 519 674 1216 1858
11 Fuente Dé Classic 15.34 4H53 379 1040 1049 1944
    144.33   5,650 6,457