This walk is part of the trek El Camino Primitivo - from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela.
This stage is a bit shorter than the two previous stages and only has a gentle climb at the start. At the beginning, the route follows the river Nonaya and borders the Sierra de Bodenaya. After crossing the river Casandrasín, our journey takes us along the valley with the Sierra de Tineo up to our right. Plenty to see and a few villages to explore, just hope the rain stays off.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) We leave Salas, from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, going under an arch that connects the Valdés-Salas Palace to the Medieval Tower. Carry straight on, across the Plaza de la Campa and along Calle de la Campa, heading northwest. Bear right down Calle Ondinas and head straight out of town with the motorway hovering high ahead. The tarmac comes to an end but the route continues along a track, running parallel with the river Nonaya. This is a pleasant and quiet track, between oaks and chestnut trees, gradually gaining in altitude. Just after passing the Nonaya waterfall, the track swings left, away from the river to reach the N-634 near El Llanon. Here we need to walk on the left-hand side of the road (to face oncoming traffic) for about 1 km passing under the motorway a couple of times until we reach a low abandoned building with green window-frames. Almost immediately after this, a track leads off to the left, climbing steeply but following the river Nanaya as far as the village of Porciles.
(1) After visiting the church of San Roque, take the road out of the village to Bodenaya. Our route takes us under the slip road and, bearing left, should take us past the cemetery and to the church of Saint Mary. Follow the road round to the right to go past the pilgrim's hostel. Cross over the N-634 next to some kennels and bear left along the road to join the Camino de la Escuela and enter the village of La Espina where we can find the church of Saint Vincent. Join the N-634 (Av. la Constitución) and turn right to head southwest (there is a supermarket and a couple of cafés to the left). Follow the AS-216, Calle El Cruce (signposted Tineo) out of town, straight over a roundabout and along a bend to the left. When the road swings back to the right, turn right up a concrete track towards some farm buildings. Turn right, then left to go round the back of the village of La Pereda. At a crossroads, heading back to the AS-216, turn right to stay above and parallel with the main road. This takes us through small villages with hórreos, walking among oak trees, along dirt roads, with some steep slopes, until we go down again to the same road at El Pedregal, where there is a small bar-shop.
(2) Turn right at the AS-216 but maybe visit the church of the Santos Justo y Pastor a few meters back to the left on the main road. As you leave El Pedregal, opposite the last house on the left, take another path to the right, uphill, which goes halfway up the slope through a thick forest. Bend to the left and keep above and parallel to the road. The route is beautiful, surrounded by nature, in a silent rural setting, although the track can be muddy in places. Follow the track all the way along to Santa Eulalia de Tineo, dropping down to cross the river Ferroiro and then past the Tineo Football ground (Campo Municipal San Roque C.D. Tineo). Bear right at the chapel of San Roque (Paseo de Los Frailes), then left (Carretera de San Roque) to go down, round a right-hand bend past a swimming pool. Ignore the first turn off to the left (signposted La Espina) but take the next left Calle Cabezas de San Juan to access the hostel down the hill.(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 804ft - Salas
1 : mi 3.31 - alt. 2103ft - Porciles
2 : mi 8.01 - alt. 2349ft - El Pedregal
A : mi 12.24 - alt. 2205ft - Tineo
Make sure you look after your feet with creams, massages and the like. There is a lot of hard tarmacs to be covered and that can take its toll on probably the most important equipment you have - your feet. Good comfortable boots are an essential part of your gear and these should support the ankles without causing grief. Waterproof boots, waterproof trousers and a good rain mac are also highly recommended. Water for filling bottles is readily available and some food should be available in La Espina. Be careful on the roads, walking on the left to face the traffic is the sensible thing to do.
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Plenty of churches, rivers, woods and villages to see along the way makes this stage a varied experience. The more remote tracks offer a chance to see some of the wildlife if you don't make too much noise. Take time to enjoy the scenery and to chat to the people you pass, this is not a race and plans should be flexible. Don't leave any rubbish and don't damage the environment. Keep to the Country Code and respect the farmers, vegetation, animals and rivers. Don't take any plants or stones home; take photos (they last longer and you can share them). Say hello to fellow walkers and help anyone who needs it. Take care of yourself and make the most of the moment!
The day starts with a climb even though Tineo is already perched over the Villar valley. The route takes us along the southern flank of the Pico Navariego, staying high above the valley and the road below, finally dropping down to Obona and then a fairly flat stroll all the way to Borres.
This stage follows the motorway and a couple of rivers. There's plenty rural scenery, some ups and downs, tracks through woods, small villages, past ancient monasteries and plenty of hórreos.
This stage has two route options: the High Road or the Low Road, otherwise known as Hospitales or Pola de Allande. One deciding factor might be the weather as the higher route is quite exposed. On the other hand, the lower route means more distance (17.9 km as opposed to 15 km). The recommendation is for the Hospitales route as it appears more authentic and has less tarmac to cover.
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