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Stage 8: Soto de Luiña - Almuña
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Stage 8: Soto de Luiña - Almuña
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In Soto de Luiña, head uphill on Cuesta de la Torre and, in Llanorrozo, pass through Las Chabolas, where the Camino Real de la Sierra de Las Palancas (a herding trail) starts. Las Palancas is a very scenic, but difficult trail due to its steep path. There are no buildings along the path (or possibility of getting drinking water or shelter) for eleven kilometres. There is an alternative, signposted route, which is also a historically documented pilgrimage route to Santiago, namely Las Ballotas trail, which starts at Las Chabolas and continues through Valdredo, Albuerne, Novellana, Castañeras, Santa Marina and Ballota. On the way down to the River Cabo, the boundary between the boroughs of Cudillero and Valdés, there is now a stone bridge, a direct heir of the legendary medieval "Pont qui tremble" (trembling bridge). After crossing the bridge begin the hike up to Tablizo, then follow the trail through the villages of Ribón, Cadavedo and Villademoros, where it joins the Camino de Las Palancas. In Cadavedo, there is a hostel for pilgrims who wish to divide the stage in two. The trail continues westward on the opposite side of the road, past Quintana, San Cristóbal and Querúas. The route then passes through El Llano de Canero and heads down to Ventorrillo to the Church of San Miguel de Canero, where the descent to the valley of the River Esva starts. The trail crosses the bridge on the N-634 and heads for Barcia, where it continues to the hostel in Almuña.