Walk from the parking place to the end of the road, where you find a
track signposted to "Senda del Mercadillo" (1110 m).
When the track forks, go right. You pass the fountain of Fonfria (12min)
(1185 m) and come to the cottages of Berrugas (19min) (1210 m). Keep
straight ahead, without paying attention to the track branching off left
to Pido. You pass another fountain (27min) (1285 m),
before you turn left to the
track signposted to
"Majada de Bustantivo" (34min) (1325 m).
After crossing a gorge (46min) (1340 m) a river starts to
flow on your left. You go over a couple of
brooks, before crossing the
bridge of the
Cantiján river (57min) (1420 m). From now on, the track climbs steeply uphill
through an oak forest to the
cottage of Bustavantivo resting in the
middle of rolling slopes surrounded by the mountains of
Europa (1h20min) (1610 m). Looking down below, to your left, you see your return route on the
Continue uphill along the
ascends to a crest (1h32min)
(1695 m) with fine views to Picos de Europa and the
After some 100 meters downhill from the crest, the track bends sharp
left, and you find a grassy path to the right (1680 m). When this path
forks, go left. Be careful, not to continue uphill towards the
pillars. Soon the
path becomes very clear. Running along the slope of
the path stays almost at the same level.
The path leads through a gate to a pasture (1h58min) (1690 m), which
you cross obliquely forward to the right, heading towards the right
flank of the gorge where you find a
(2h) (1680 m). Sloping gently
downhill, the path crosses a brook (2h07min) (1640 m) and bends sharp
right uphill along the crest. When you are crossing a
meadow, the path
becomes unclear. Make for the
pass in front of you. Once you have
reached the pass (2h23min) (1750 m), you follow a
to the right. You enjoy a lovely view to the western mountains of
Europa, and to the other
Cantabrian mountains stretching to the west. In the valley,
you see the villages of Valdeon.
The track leads to the pass of "Horcada de Valcava"
(2h39min) (1790 m), where you turn right. During the
you enjoy a nice view of a narrow river valley.
From the open
landscape you enter a beech forest, where this lovely
track stays a good while before emerging back to the treeless slopes.
After crossing the brook of Duernas (3h27min) (1540 m) the track bends right to
the other side of the gorge where it continues uphill.
Soon the track starts to descend. The villages of Espinama and Pido
appear in front of you. You pass the junction of "Majada de Bustantivo"
(3h57min) (1325 m) and continue along the familiar track back to Fuente