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Trekking to the huts of Belbin

Buferrera - Mirador del Principe - Majada de Belbin - Vega de las Mantegas - Cantón de Texéu - Buferrera





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How to get there: If possible, do not take this walk in August or September, nor on public holidays, because then the road is open only for public transportation organised between Covadonga and the lakes.

 Driving on the AS-262 to Covadonga, continue from the roundabout to the left along the CO-4. After 11.6 km, fork right following the sign for "Lago Ercina". Continue less than 1 km to a large parking area, where the road ends. (Roadmap)

Distance: 2h37min/10km

Go left from the parking area (1125 m). In a couple of minutes, you follow a sign for the Mines of Buferrera to the right (3min) (1120 m). A paved walkway descends between fine rock formations to a small clearing (6min) (1100 m), where a white-yellow waymark guides you to the right through a short tunnel (8min). You pass the visitors centre of Pedro Pidal and come to a junction (11min) (1080 m), where you turn right following the sign for "Belbin PR-PNPE-8".

Soon you come to a lookout spot (14min) (1085 m) with a view over the vast plain of Comeya. The gently ascending track leads to the top of Llomba (27min) (1165 m). Looking right, you see the lake Ercina and the Picos of Europa on its background. After crossing a brook (33min) (1120 m), you pass a fountain (35min) (1120 m), and continue through green pastures. You go by one more fountain (42min) (1140 m), before the herdsman's huts of Belbin (53min) (1050 m).

Keep right from the huts and climb along the slope to a path (55min) (1065 m), which you follow to the left. In front of you, opens up a fine sea view. Further on, a white-yellow waymark guides you to the left, to a narrower path (59min) (1055 m), which descends to the plain of Mantegas (1h04min) (1025 m). In the plain, the path bends left and turns into a paved track on the slope of Cantón de Texéu. When you reach a fork (1h12min) (1060 m), be careful that you go left following now the white-red waymark and the sign for GR-202.

After a short descent, bend right by a wooden pole towards a white-red waymark, which you can see ahead. The path ascends to a crest offering a nice view over the plain of Comeya (1h16min) (1065 m). Following the waymarks, you descend along a grassy slope towards a plain. Magnificent rockwalls line the route.

When you reach the right side of the plain (1h44min) (895 m), make for a cottage in front of you. From the cottage (1h49min) (885 m) you continue to the end of the plain (1h51min) (885 m). Down below, you see the vast plain of Comeya. Do not continue right downhill along a path, but bend left uphill. Looking up, you see the railings of the lookout spot. Walking uphill, you soon see ruins of mining buildings and pass signs for "Vega de Comeya". Higher up, you encounter a path with a signpost to "Lagos de Covadonga PR-PNPE-1" (2h05min) (930 m). This path takes you first to La Escalera (2h08min) (965 m) and continues with wooden railings through a 15 meters long tunnel. Follow the white-yellow waymarks to the parking place of Buferrera (2h20min) (1045 m), where you turn left. You walk first along a paved walkway, and take then the steps to Pedro Pidal (2h25min) (1070 m). From there you follow the familiar route back to the parking place (2h37min).

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