Walk from the information panel (115 m) some 100 meters ahead along
the road and turn left. Almost immediately you see a sign for "Pico Llen,
pointing right. Follow this sign to a narrow asphalt road leading uphill
in an eucalyptus
forest. By a concrete building (6min) (145 m) you
ignore a track, which branches off left, and continue straight ahead to
a stony track. On your right you see the bay and city of Santander.
When the track forks (18min) (250 m), go right. By a tiny clearing
(28min) (315 m) the track emerges from the eucalyptus forest and
continues at the same altitude to a fork with three branches (31min)
(310 m). Take the track uphill sharp to the left.
Soon you enjoy an open view over the coast. You come to a crossroads,
where a wooden pole guides you to the left towards the
lookout tower on
top of the Pico Llen (40min) (380 m). Later the track turns into a path (49min) (390 m), which leads through a
horses to the grassy
slope of Peña
Cabarga along which you climb to the asphalt road (1h10min) (545 m).
Turn right to the lookout tower (1h14min) (565 m). Looking south you see
valleys and behind them the Montes Pasiegas. In the southwest rise the
mountains of Picos de Europa. In the north the view reaches over
Santander to the Cantabrian sea.
Return on the same way back to the crossroads with the wooden pole
(1h48min) (380 m) and continue straight ahead on a grassy
fences. The track leads through a rolling landscape and descends then to
a junction (2h06min) (300 m). Turn left on the grassy
track. It passes a
building with a white-yellow waymark on the wall (2h17min) (295 m) and
continues through a grassy plain to a gate (2h25min) (300 m). After the
gate you keep going uphill ignoring a path to the right. When you come
to a beautiful meadow you see a building with a waymark and an arrow
pointing straight ahead (2h28min) (315 m). The track descends through a
gate to a cowshed, by which you keep right (2h35min) (275 m). After next
gate (2h39min) (240 m) the track bends right and opens up a view to the
bay of Santander.
The track turns into an asphalt road that bends down left (2h54min)
(145 m). When you come to a junction (2h56min) (130 m), turn right. Also
at the next junction (2h57min) (120 m), you turn right. The road leads to
the village of Laposta, where you encounter a
fountain (3h) (115 m).
Ignore all side roads and follow the main road lined by pastures. At the
crossroads (3h09min) (100 m), continue straight ahead, through the
village of Santiago de Cudeyo to the beginning of the route (3h40min).