Asturias Sports & Outdoors
Left turn onto Camino Primitivo
Left turn onto Camino Primitivo
The stiff climb to La Campa
The very Pleasnat “Way” towards Paladin
Perigrino rain shelter under Horio in...
The route towards Pola de Allende
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Day 12 San Roman de Retorta to Melide 29k
Our Final days walking was a great mixture of wild rugged countryside and gently rolling hills on some Beautiful paths and a minor road for the last 8k into Melide. Not so many opportunities for coffee / lunch breaks on this day as we were passing through a very sparsely populated area of Galicia. We did however manage to find a couple of small bars for a snack and a coffee as we got nearer to Melide.
Day 11 Lugo to San Roman de Retorta 17.9k
Stevie was able to once more join us in Lugo, his blisters had healed sufficiently to allow him to continue walking, so the 3 of us left Lugo in the mist on the short days walk to San Roman de Retorta. The “Way” was mainly on minor roads passing quickly out of Lugo and through many small villages en-route with opportunities for coffee and lunch in friendly bars
Day 10 Cadavo to Lugo 30.2k
Yet another Beautiful day’s walking through more undulating countryside passing through one town (Castroverde) and several small villages on a mixture of ancient ways and minor roads. Several opportunities for coffee and lunch breaks to keep you going on this reasonably long day that ends in the old walled city of Lugo
Day 9 Padron to Cadavo 27k
Beautiful days walking through steeply undulating countryside with small villages en-route, again on a mixture of good paths and minor roads. A couple of choices of coffee / lunch stops at friendly bars and small shops. Another Beautiful days walking
Day 7 Le Messa to Castro 23.6k
Nice day through some rugged countryside, the route starts off on a minor road, then onto paths crossing a ridge before plunging into a deep valley with a reservoir, crossing the dam and a short road section before picking up an ancient “Way” up and into Grandas de Salime, a small town, then more minor roads and good paths to the hamlet of Castro.Not so many places for breaks and lunch stop, All facilities at Grandas de Salime but not a lot else en-route
Day 8 Castro to Padron 24.3k
Another reasonably short day, the route follows the valley up from Castro before crossing The Alto de Acebo (1030m) and then soon leaves Asturias and crosses into Galicia.The “Way” then undulates through pleasant countryside with small villages and the town of Fonsagrada (All facilities) before dropping into Padron on a mixture of good paths and minor roads Plenty of friendly bars and shops to keep you well supplied with coffee/ lunch and a Pleasant days walking
Day 6 Pola de Allende to La Messa – 20.k
As I had done the extra kilometres the day before this turned out to be a shorter day than originally planned and this really turned out for the best !!The first reason was that this was the day the the Camino Primitivo went over the highest “Alto” of the entire route, “Peurto del Palo” at 1140m, a long and tiring accent not made any easier because the weather had again turned !! Horizontal driving rain on the summit making it all but impossible to stand up, let alone see which way the route went. Never-the-less I was able to follow the route off the summit and make my way to Berducedo where another walking companion was joining me, Birgit from Berlin (VT Member bijo69). The weather was much improved by the time she arrived on the Alsa bus from Oviedo and we walked the remaining 4.5k to La Messa.Fewer villages on the “Way” only 2 having bars so not so many breaks on this day !!
Day 5 Tineo to Pola de Allende – 33.k
Day 5 dawned badly with my walking companion, Stevie being unable to continue, His feet were badly blistered, a combination of the extra miles and he wet weather. So he decided to take a few days of top see whether they would recover sufficiently for him to be able to re-join me alter on in the walk.My original plan was to walk around 20k to Borres, but I felt good, the weather had improved so I decided to keep going all the way to Pola de Allende which turned out to be a good decision !!The route was ever more becoming more mountainous with higher “Alto’s” to cross and deeper valleys to plunge into, but the paths were good and there were sufficient villages with small bars / shops to be able to find lunch and coffee stops.A Great days walking !!
Day 4 Cornellana to Tineo – 29.k
Our first full days walking less than 30k, unfortunately the weather turned wet but we still had a good days walking, a mixture of ancient ways and minor roads through rolling / hilly countryside, unfortunately the ancient ways had turned to mud, especially on the route approaching Tineo (Best to avoid these tracks and stick to the road if you also happen to be walking in wet conditions) Again, enough choices of halts for coffee and lunch at small villages and towns en-route.
Day 3 Oviedo to Cornellana – 39.5k
Again a longer than expected day, we were expecting to walk 33.5k but ended up walking nearer 40k !! The reason this time was because of diversions due to new road building and associated quarrying.Leaving Oviedo a lot quicker than entering on a well planned route, more small villages with several opportunities for coffee and lunch breaks, The countryside slowly changing with higher ridges to cross and deeper valleys to walk through, a good combination of ancient tracks, paths and minor roads to walk on, another Long but never-the-less pleasant day
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