VEGA DE LIÉBANA
HILL-WALKING AROUND THE VALLEY OF VEGA DE LIÉBANA
We are going to begin from the capital of the municipality, Vega de Liébana, to offer a varied list of hill-walking routes so that the traveller gets to know the magnificent tourist possibilities of this valley.
From Vega de Liébana we can cross a bridge over the river Quiviesa, on the left, and at the beginning of the road to Dobres begin a walking route to Tollo. Along the first sections we watch the river, now flowing together with the waters from Rio Frio. If we turn backwards we´ll see a panoramic of Vega de Liébana and, at the far end, the summits of Peña Prieta and Cubil de Can. We then continue ascending near to the holm oak wood, that will accompany us during the journey, and at the top we´ll see the road going from Vega de Liébana to Potes, winding next to the river Quiviesa. To the bottom of the valley, Campollo and Maredes, together with the cross of the Viorna hill. When arriving to La Cotera we can see the village of Tollo, discovering its peculiar quaintness.
From Campollo we can start a small walk to the hermitage of Santa Justa and for this purpose we set off from the district of Perigate along a track which taking us to the hermitage in a few minutes, placed in a promontory, where we can dominate the village´s situation and also its surroundings. Another trip begins at the district of Maredes taking us to the hill of La Viorna. From the higher are, next to the spring, the road begins, which becomes a path in many points. It will take us quickly through the holm oak wood and begin a short ascension to arrive at the hill´s summit, where a great cross stands, and where there is one of the most beautiful panoramics of Liébana, the Cantabrian mountain range, and Picos de Europa.
From the village of Bárago we can reach the district of Cucayo (Dobres), through the old track of Las Retuertas. We set off from the parochial church and catch a path passing next to the cemetery. Shadowed by oaks and poplars we cross the Entreovejas river and from here a strong ascent with many turns begins, reaching Collada de las Ánimas, with a view to Dobres and Cucayo. We penetrate an oak wood and later the meadows to cross a bridge over Río Frío and arrive at the village of Cucayo, with many houses still preserving traditional architecture. From Cucayo, one could reach the mountain pastures of Río Frío, passing next to the cultivated lands of Llan de Lon, the winter sheds, and later crossing the bridge of Ranes. Then we take a track to the right which will introduce us in a magnificent beech wood and, in a continuous ascension, arrive at the mountain pastures, a winter cattle shelter called Vega la Canal and to the background, the imposing silhouette of Peña Prieta peak.
From Ledantes we can also ascend to Río Frío, crossing the bridges over the river San Andrés and the Valtiero stream, to go into the impressive beech wood, El Coterón, walking uphill continuosly, until we arrive to Corredores and Sestil de la Hoz, where, by crossing a porthole we reach the mountain pastures entry.
Through the village of Barrio we can also reach the mountain pastures of Pineda. It is one of the most classical and practised routes. The journey starts along a track ascending from the district of Las Hazas, last of the villages, and through the oak wood reach the spring and water trough used by Llobango´s livestock. This route goes by the turns of Mesafría, where the oak and birch woods are no longer around us, arriving at Coora, a mountain range where you will be able to see magnificent views of Liébana. Then we walk downhill and cross Río Frío arriving at Vega la Canal, reaching this way the mountain pastures of Pineda, with an extension of 1,900 hectares.
From Vega de Liébana the old road to Bores departs, taken before leaving the last village house on the right of the road leading to San Glorio. It is a short route which, by walking by a holmoak wood, leads us to the ravine of Santa Eulalia. The road forks, and by taking the left one we arrive at the village of Bores. Along a track starting next to the parochial church one could continue to arrive to Enterrías, and from here ascend to Dobarganes, through a comfortable track. From Enterrías we could get to the reservoir of La Tejera, where there´s a magnificent panoramic of Liébana and the Cantabrian mountain range.
Without any doubt, one of the most singular routes is the one uniting the village of Dobarganes with Pico Jano peak. The route begins next to the first village houses and ascends until we pass next to the reservoir La Tejera. Then, we continue along the grassy area, a hut, winter cattle shed, and the water trough of Llandelagua, and by Llan de la Peña, finally reach Pico Jano (1,446 m). At the top there´s a geodesic vertex, and from this point one of the best panoramics in the valley of Liébana and Picos de Europa can be viewed.
Finally, from the village of Vada we can reach, in a comfortable ascension along the old track, the village of Vejo, and from here the mountain pastures of San Glorio´s mountain pass. For this point, we reach the village La Vega and, without entering the district El Arroyo, we cross a stone bridge and begin a strong ascension, going pass El Tumbo and arriving to the winter shelters and cattle shed of Julebrín and, by Llan de la Espina, reach the road leading up to the col, a little before the observation area where there is a monument, El Corzo (roe deer). At the top of this mountain pass, a track takes us, on the right, to the col of Llesba, another impressive balcony over Liébana and Picos de Europa.
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