Saturday, May 01, 2010

Walking in Asturias 3



Asturias is a great walking area and there are many nice walks without setting off into the mountains or the Picos National Park. One of these walks is very near home and it starts in Ribadesella by Tito Bustillo caves with some wanderfull prehistoric cave paintings. The walk is locally known as "the water mills path". After leaving the car outside the caves, you walk along the river Sella and its estuary towards the nice village of Cueva which you can only access by walking or driving through a cave, about 200 m long, with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. As you cross the village, there are several horreos (Asturias wooden granaries on wooden or stone columns) and some traditional old houses for you to see. As you leave the village you pass an organic kiwi farm and start the beautiful walk up the river and along numerous water mills in different stages of disrepair.



The flora and fauna are abundant along the way. You may de lucky enough to see an otter along the river Sella, the raptors are easily spotted in the sky and there are deer and wild boar in the woods. The woodland wild flowers provide a colourful carpet if you do the walk in the Spring.
Eventually you reach the village of Tresmonte, with only an elderly couple living there, before you continue up a very quiet road to a viewing point with fabulous views of Ribadesella town, the river Sella´s estuary and the coast.

3 comments:

  1. Hello Ian and Luis! I am thrilled to have found your blog - I lived in Spain for eight years, and shamefully never made it to Asturias. It is somewhere I would have loved to have gone, and can now enjoy it vicariously through you! I especially love your photos and all the wildlife notes.. I am hoping to eventually go down a semi-self sufficient and organic gardening route as soon as I am more settled in Italy. I now know who to call on for tips!

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  3. Hi Statusviatoris

    Good to hear from you and thanks for the comments. Asturias is great and really well suited to growing our own food as the climate is so temparate. Good luck in Italy and let us know how you get on.

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