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Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica - Northern Spain - Europe - a Cicerone guidebook

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Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica

A mountaineering guide

by Robin Walker
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guide to walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica mountain range in northern Spain. This guidebook describes 60 routes spread throughout the area from selected valley bases with easy access. All the routes are circular and can be done in a day. In difficulty they vary from straightforward, half-day outings to strenuous, full-day ascents.

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Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica is a mountaineering guide to one of Spain’s premier ranges, and includes detailed descriptions for 60 routes spread around the whole of this magnificent mountain chain. Based on selected valley bases, the routes are readily accessed, thus minimising travel time. All of the routes can be done in a day and all are circular, whilst in difficulty they vary from straightforward, half-day outings to strenuous, full-day ascents demanding fitness, good overall mountain skills, and the ability to deal with short sections of scrambling.

This guide is complemented by articles on four specialist topics of interest to any who wish to know the range in greater depth: place-names, transhumance, the Civil War and alpine flora. The Cordillera Cantabrica is currently home to a total of nine protected areas, including three UN-designated areas.

  • Seasons
    Mainly April until November, although winter snow offers good ski traversing possibilities. Wettest in early spring, with rain returning in October.
  • Centres
    Sena de Luna and San Eniliano in W. Leon, Pola de Somiedo in W. Asturias, La Vicella and Riano in E. Leon, Felechosa and Arriondas in E. Asturias, Cervera de Pisuerga in the Palencia and Cantabria region.
  • Difficulty
    Most of the walking in high mountain terrain, requiring an appropriate level of fitness, equipment and experience.
  • Must See
    Peace and solitude, subtle but grandiose beauty, good walking terrain and a sense of history!
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When to Visit
Using the Guide
Route Selection
Access from the UK
Bases and Accommodation
Mountain Accommodation
Timing and Grading
Following Paths
Dogs, Bulls and other Inconveniences
Mountain Rescue
Physical Relief
Climate and Weather
Protected Areas
Western León
Walk 1 Alcornón de Busmori from Degaña
Walk 2 Catoute from Colinas del Campo de Martín Moro
Walk 3 Tambarón from Salientes
Walk 4 Arcos del Agua from Fasgar
Walk 5 Peña Correa from Abelgas
Walk 6 Muxivén from Lumajo
Walk 7 Montihuero from Torre de Babia
Walk 8 Peña Orniz from La Cueta
Walk 9 Ferreirúa from Torrestío
Walk 10 Picos del Fontán from Torrebarrio
Walk 11 Cirbanal from Caldas de Luna
Walk 12 Amargones from Piedrasecha
Western Asturias
Walk 1 Cornón from Santa María del Puerto
Walk 2 Cogollo de Cebolleo from Villar de Vildas
Walk 3 Peña Blanca from Aguino
Walk 4 Peña Chana from Valle de Lago
Walk 5 Lagos de Somiedo from Valle de Lago
Walk 6 Camino Real de la Mesa from Saliencia
Walk 7 Calduveiru from the Puertos de Marabiu
Walk 8 Cordal de la Sobia from Carrea
Walk 9 Gamonal from El Campo
Walk 10 Pico la Hoya from Proaza
Walk 11 Peña Rueda from Lindes
Walk 12 Ranchón from Bueida
Walk 13 Tapinón from Tuiza de Arriba
Walk 14 Peña Ubiña from Tuiza de Arriba
Eastern León
Walk 1 Estorbín Valverde from Tonín de Arbás
Walk 2 Pico Faro from Canseco
Walk 3 Fontún from Gete
Walk 4 Correcillas from Felmín
Walk 5 Peña Valdorria from Valdorria
Walk 6 Susarón from Puente de San Tirso
Walk 7 Peña Corada from Fuentes de Peñacorada
Walk 8 Pico Cerroso from Santa Olaja de la Varga
Walk 9 Pico Yordas from Liegos
Walk 10 Mampodre massif from Maraña
Walk 11 Peña Ten from La Uña
Walk 12 Coriscao from Portilla de la Reina
Walk 13 Peña Prieta from Llánaves de la Reina
Eastern Asturias
Walk 1 Pico Torres from Puerto de San Isidro
Walk 2 Retriñón from Felechosa
Walk 3 Peña Mea from Les Campes
Walk 4 Desfiladero de los Arrudos from La Encrucijada
Walk 5 Cuyargayos from Agues
Walk 6 Pico Trigueiro from Condado
Walk 7 Pileñes from Ventaniella
Walk 8 Tiatordos from Taranes
Walk 9 Vízcares from Riofabar
Walk 10 Peña Salón from Puente Vidosa
Walk 11 Pienzu from Cofiño
Walk 12 Hibeo from Villanueva
Palencia and Cantabria
Walk 1 Cardaño Cirque from Cardaño de Arriba
Walk 2 Espigúete from Cardaño de Abajo
Walk 3 Curavacas from Vidrieros
Walk 4 Santa Lucía from Vidrieros
Walk 5 Peña Mayor from Colonia Sierra del Brezo
Walk 6 Valdecebollas from Santa María de Redondo
Walk 7 Pico Tres Mares from Piedrasluengas
Walk 8 Bistruey from Caloca
Walk 9 El Cornón de Peña Sagra from San Mamés ....
Appendix 1 – Useful Information
Appendix 2 – Guidebooks in Spanish
Appendix 3 – Emergency procedure in the Cordillera Cantábrica
Glossary of Common Map Terms
Place-names: the Magic of Words by David Caballero
Transhumance in the Cordillera Cantábrica by Victor Guerra
The Cordillera Cantábrica in the Spanish Civil War by Claudia Cabrero
Alpine Flora of the Cordillera Cantábrica by Teresa Farino
Index of Summits
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