From the sign (925 m) starts a narrow asphalt road that leads to the
information centre (2min) (945 m). Bend left from the corner of the
building to a track signposted to "Puerto de Panderruedas, PR-PNPE 11".
The track ascends in a dense oak forest to a fork (27min) (1105 m),
where a white-yellow waymark guides you to the right. Higher up, the
beech trees, maples and birches join the oaks. The mountain landscape is
dominated by the
west massif of Picos de Europa.
When you come to a crossroads (49min) (1255 m), follow the waymark to
the right. Soon you enjoy a nice view to the peak of
After passing a fountain (51min) (1215 m) you
encounter a sign for "Caldevilla" pointing to the right. The route
continues straight ahead, but if you want to return already now to the
Posada de Valdeón, take the Caldevilla track. Walking ahead you cross
the river Arriba (52min) (1220 m). Also at the next crossroads, you
continue straight ahead (1h08min) (1245 m).
Staying almost at the same altitude the track takes you cross the
creek of Anzo (1h13min) (1225 m), and over several smaller brooks
thereafter. Then it starts ascending again, to a hillock (1h26min) (1285
m), with views to the
Macizo Central of the Picos de Europa. You go
through a gate (1h38min) (1285 m), and fork off right. Keep all the time
on the track without paying attention to a path branching off right
(1h47min) (1280 m).
When you reach a fork with signposts (1h57min) (1240 m), keep left.
Later on you will come back to this fork, and follow then tye sign for
"Porciles". From this point you can see the
The track starts to climb steeper uphill. Later you encounter a sign
for "Collado de Panderrueda" (2h20min) (1350 m) and follow it straight
ahead, leaving the branch to the left unnoticed. Soon after crossing a
bridge over the river Cares (2h33min) (1350 m), you can admire the peaks
of the Macizo Central and the gently sloping Sierra de Cebolleda.
Once you reach the pass of
Panderruedas (3h) (1460 m), cross the road
LE-244 to the green sign for the "Mirador de Piedrashitas", that you can see on
the other side. By the sign starts an uphill track. Higher up, you bear
right and continue along a path to the
lookout point (3h07min) (1510 m).
The valley of Valdeón with its villages spreads out below you. It is
surrounde by the grey, jagged
peaks of the Picos de Europa - the Peña
Parda and the Torre Bermeja crowning the
Occidental, the Torre de Friero and Torres de Salinas erecting from the
Macizo Central - and the
of Sierra de Cebolleda and Sierra de Gabanceda.
Return on the same route to the fork with the sign for Porciles (4h)
(1240 m) and follow the sign left downhill. By the cottages of Porciles, you com close to the road
LE-244 (4h11min) (1185 m). Do not go to the
road, but take the grassy track uphill. When you meet another track
(4h18min) (1220 m), go left. Further down the trees give way to a
magnificent mountain landscape. The
villages of Caldevilla de Valdeónin,
Soto de Valdeónin and Posada de Valdeónin are surrounde by the peaks of
the Macizo Central and the
Again the track descends to the road LE-244 (4h50min) (1110 m). This time
you cross it to a track, which leads over a bridge (4h55min) (1075 m),
and comes to a fork (4h57min) (1070 m), where you go left. After
crossing one more bridge (5h03min) (1025 m), you reach the village of
Caldevilla de Valdeón (5h11min) (1000 m). Follow the narrow asphalt road
that takes you downhill through the village. Lined by beautiful stone
houses and wooden
cottages, the road leads over a bridge. On the other
side of the river you bend right and meet the sign for "Posada de Valdeón" (5h21min) (985 m).
The charming road enters the village of Soto de Valdeón (5h26min)
(965 m). Walk through this village and continue towards the Posada de
Valdeón. Rest of the route goes along a track lined by tall trees. When
you reach the road (5h47min) (925 m), turn left to the beginning of the
road with the signpost to "Oficinas e Información" (6h).