The sand road (925 m) narrows into a track leading to the village of
Soto de Valdeón (10min) (940 m). Continue
along a narrow asphalt road straight ahead to the village of Caldevilla
(22min) (975 m). In a minute, you encounter a sign for "Vega de Llos" at
the beginning of a track. Follow this sign, and do not go over the
bridge on your left.
The track snakes its way through a forest. After a gate, the track
forks (34min) (1015 m). Go right uphill. Higher up the trees give way to
views. In front rises the gray
rock wall of the Picos
de Europa sheltering the Plain of Llos, where you are heading to.
Ignore a track leading to the
fields on your right (53min) (1120 m).
After passing the herdsman's
hut of Argolla (1h02min) (1170 m) the
bends right by the sign for "Vega de Llos". At the next fork (1h10min)
(1235 m) a white-yellow waymark and an arrow guide you to the right in a
forest. You come to a T-junction (1h15min) (1265 m), where you go right.
In the Pass of Bustiello (1h23min) (1340 m) you encounter a
and signposts. Continue straight ahead following the
sign for "Vega de Llos". Later you return to this place.
The steep track opens up a fine view over the
valley of Valdeón and
to the central and
western massifs of the Picos de Europa (1h30min)
(1390 m). Once you have climbed above the forest, the rolling
plain of Llos spreads out in front of you (1h50min) (1540 m). At the
upper end of
the plain you find a
fountain (1h55min) (1580 m) and on its left skirt a
stone cottage leaning on a boulder. Surrounded by Los Moledizos
and Torre Bermeja, the grassy plain
is a popular grazing ground for
Return back to Bustiello (2h25min) and follow the sign for Soto de
Valdeón to the left. Walking along the wide and grassy
path, you can
admire the contrast of green
slopes and gray peaks. Later you enter an
oak forest, where you ignore the paths joining in from right behind.
Further down, the path is lined by
towering peaks of
in front of you.
Caldevilla is the first village turning up in the valley of Valdeón.
The path stays at the upper part of the slope passing Caldevilla, before
it descends to the Soto de Valdeón
(3h15min). Turn right and descend to the familiar road (3h16min), which
you follow to the left, back to Posada de Valdeón (3h26min).