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Lagos de Saliencia

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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 parking place with a sign for the route "Ruta de Valle del Lago". (Roadmap)

Distance: 6h/23.5km

From the parking place (1250 m) you walk ahead on the road. After the last houses the road turns into a track (9min) (1280 m) leading 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 the track branching off left (18min) (1290 m).

When you come to a fork (28min) (1310 m), follow the sign for "Lagos de Saliencia" up left. Later the track opens up a fine view over the valley to the mountains of Sierra de Chagüezos. You pass a couple of cottages, before the track forks (1h01min) (1510 m). Continue to the right. In a couple of minutes you pass more cottages. After these cottages the track bends left and becomes narrower.

Once you reach the Braña de Sobrepeña (1h11min) (1550 m), you take the path, which starts from the right hand side of the cottage. This path has a white-yellow waymark and runs by a stone wall uphill to the left. Soon you see the lake of Valle behind you. When you meet an information panel with signposts (1h18min) (1610 m), keep left following the sign for "Lagos de Saliencia" to the pass between the mountains Peña la Minga and Pico la Cueva Camayor, where you encounter a wooden pole and sign post(1h43min) (1745 m).

From the pass begins a grassy track which bends right down to the plain of Camayor. When you reach the east end of the plain, you cross a low elevation (2h03min) (1735 m) and continue along the track to the plain of Fresneu. After crossing another hillock (2h19min) (1715 m) you come to the plain of Cerveiriz. By the lake of Cerveiriz the track forks (2h24min). Continue uphill to the left to a pass (2h28min) (1745 m) where you take a path signposted to to the "Lago de la Calabazosa" to the right. At the end of the crest you have a nice view over the lake of Calabazosa (2h36min) (1740 m).

Return back to the track (2h44min) and turn right. The track slopes down pass the lake of Mina towards the lake of Cueva to a balcony (2h50min) (1700 m) from which you look over the Cueva lake to the surrounding mountains.

From this lookout spot you return back towards "Lago del Valle" to the fork with an information panel and signposts (4h20min) (1610 m). This time you keep left following the sign for "Lago del Valle". You see the lake in front. After a short ascent the path starts to descend towards the lake.

At the lake shore you come to a track (4h59min) (1570 m). Follow it through a gate to the right, and make for the stone wall surrounding the lake, where you find a track leading to the right. Later you look over the entire valley of Valle del Lago. When you come to a fork (5h20min) (1345 m), keep right. You pass the familiar track to the "Lagos de Saliencia" and (5h33min) (1310 m) and walk straight ahead back to Valle de Lago (6h).

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