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How to get there: Driving on the AS-227 to Pola de Somiedo turn to a narrow asphalt road signposted to Valle de Lago. Drive 8 km to Valle de Lago and continue through the village tills you come to a large parkig place with a sign for the route "Ruta de Valle del Lago". (Roadmap)

Distance: 3h45min/15.2km

From the parking place (1250 m) walk ahead on the road. After the last houses the road turns into a track (9min) (1270 m) leading to the right through meadows. The narrow valley of Lago is lined by the rock walls of the Sierra de la Villa on your left. On the right side the slopes are covered by a thick-growing beech forest. Ignore a track branching off left.

When you reach a fork with signposts (28min) (1310 m), follow the sign for "Lago del Valle" to the right. Soon the Valle river starts to flow near the track. Ignore a track to the right over a bridge (31min) (1310 m). At the next fork (41min) (1345 m), go left for "Lago del Valle" (41min) (1345 m). Later you enjoy fine views over the entire valley. Traditional cottages with hay roofs dot the landscape. On your right rises the Sierra de la Mortera.

The track leads to the Lake of Valle lined by a rock wall (1h20min) (1570 m). Follow the rock wall to the left along a path. Before long the path turns into a track that ascends to the cottage of Cobrana. Descend from the cottages to a path that runs by the water front. When the water is high, the path going round the lake is in some places under the water. The path takes you to a sheer rock wall dipping down into the water (1h50min) (1570 m). At this point, climb along the grassy slope to a crest (1h55min) (1610 m), where you enjoy a nice view over the lake. From the crest starts a clear path that slopes down to another path (2h02min) (1570 m). Turn left.

Later you see a canal under the path paved with stone plates. When the path forks (2h16min) (1575 m), go left uphill away from the canal. The path leads to a lookout spot (2h19min) (1590 m) with lovely views...

The path keeps ascending still a while to a crest (2h22min) (1610 m), from which you see a track down below. Descend along the path to the track (2h31min) (1580 m), and turn right. The track snakes its way to a beech forest (2h41min) (1500 m) and goes by a water fall (2h53min) (1420 m).

After crossing the Valle river (3h) (1370 m) you come to the familiar fork (3h07min) (1345 m) from which you continue along the familiar way back to Valle del Lago (3h45min).


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