Etapa 1: Llanes - Los Caleyos

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GR105.2 - Camín del Oriente - Stage 1

Stage 1: Llanes - Los Caleyos
GPS: 43.40136435192299, -4.914329874737215

Llanes - Po - Piedra - Lledíes - El Toral - Rusecu - Vibañu - Los Caleyos

Llanes - Los Caleyos 19,2

This first stage of the GR105.2 starts next to the Basilica of Santa María del Conceyu, from where we must head west to reach the tower of the Palacio de los Valdés Posada, nowadays transformed into a cultural centre. Leaving the tower on our right, we must turn left to reach the main street, where we turn right and walk westwards along the promenade, under the pergola of plane trees. Continue along the road until you come to the railway track on the left, right next to the mortuary. Here we leave the road and take the path that goes off to the right after crossing the railway line. Soon we have left the centre of Llanes behind us and find ourselves surrounded by meadows.

Step by step we approach the village of Po, but not before passing by the cemetery and at the next crossroads turn right to head towards the church, which we cross, leaving it on our right. Then take the road south (left), and you come to another of Po's many crossroads. At this crossroads turn right, ignoring the next one on the right and taking the one on the left at the next crossroads, which runs between a stone wall of about 2.5 metres and a house, with another house painted yellow in the background. When you reach this crossroads, you will see a house in the middle of two asphalted paths, with a tree almost next to it and a street lamp in the corner. This path leads us to an esplanade where there is a water trough at the bottom and in front of it. On the left-hand side there is a dirt track (caleya) along which we must go, and immediately afterwards take the path on the right which leads us back to a road, which we follow to the right and takes us to an esplanade, where there is a concrete lamp post and behind it a road with a stone wall about a metre high.

Here we leave the village of Po and take the road to the left, which heads towards the railway tracks in front of us, which we pass through a tunnel underneath them. As soon as we cross the bridge, we see that the path is flanked by large stone walls on the left and right, and we continue straight on at the next junction, walking between the two walls. Continue along the path and at the next junction continue straight on, if you turn left you will pass under the motorway. Further on there is a fork of three paths, the route continues along the one on the left, which crosses over the railway line and shortly afterwards passes over a bridge over the motorway. Further on there is a fork of three paths, the route continues along the one on the left, which crosses over the railway line and shortly after passes over a bridge over the motorway. Here there are three paths, a wide one on the right and two paths on the left, one narrow and the other wider. You can take either of the two paths on the left, but it is best to continue along the wide path until you come back to the path you left, which passes under the motorway. At this point, a path to the right leads off and heads towards the mountain. During this stretch you can see the foothills of the Llabres crag in front of you, with its antennae silhouetted against the sky.

When we reach the road we turn right and then turn left and enter a small chestnut grove, from this point onwards the eucalyptus and chestnut trees will accompany us for almost the entire route. We are now entering the area of Las Mañangas. Continuing along the path we have a view on the left of the farms in the area, where the meadows are dotted with small masses of eucalyptus trees and the village of Porrúa. We continue until we find a shed with a sign indicating Carabascones, at a crossroads, here we continue along the track on the right that heads southwards approaching the base of Mazuco, which can be identified by the antennae that stand out on its summit. Continuing along the main track, which heads south and is sometimes surrounded by eucalyptus trees, sometimes by meadows and pastures, you reach a crossroads where the two existing deviations go around a meadow, which at the end has a small eucalyptus grove. Here you should continue along the track on the right, which is the one with the best road surface and which leads, very close to the foot of the mountain, to a track where there are two traffic signs on top of a stone wall, just at the junction of this track with another, which crosses it perpendicularly. Cross the track and continue southwards, where the path runs through a small riverside wood, next to the stream of La Bola, a fine white sandy stream that is dry most of the time. It is at this point that the path turns westwards and we encounter the mud that will accompany us for many stretches of the route.

When you reach the next junction you can take either of the two existing options, but it is more advisable (it is much less muddy and only slightly longer) to take the one on the right, which crosses the stream next to a log that crosses it and turns slightly to the north. Continuing along it you come to a small junction, here continue to the left, where the path is flanked on the right by eucalyptus trees (some of which have an arrow painted on them). Halfway through the eucalyptus grove there is a junction to the left that enters a clearing and heads west again. Continue along this path that leads between eucalyptus trees next to another of the innumerable forks in this path, where there is a meadow in front with a building, the route continues along the fork to the right that descends a little and crosses the stream again. Continuing along it and ignoring the first crossroads on the left, you pass next to a meadow where there is a beautiful house, to find a new crossroads, a place from where you can see some houses nestled among the rocks, the meadow and the trees.

At this crossroads, take the path to the left, which runs in front of the village of Piedra and heads towards the foothills of the Llabres mountain range. Shortly afterwards, a small path descends to the right, which you ignore and continue straight on, along the main path with a better surface. After a short distance, it starts to descend and heads slightly to the right, flanked on this side by a meadow. It continues in a southerly direction, entering a heavily wooded area to cross a small bridge over the stream of La Bola, after crossing it there is a crossroads where there is a large tree with a large bulge at the base of its branches. It is at this point that the two paths meet, and it runs along the mountain range clearly to the west.

Continue along the path and ignore the first crossroads, but at the next one you must leave the path you were on, which continues straight ahead, to take the path that appears perpendicularly to the left, which leads to a new crossroads. Here, the path on the right leads to the hamlet of Lledíes, while the one on the left continues along the route, sticking to the hillside and completely closed off by vegetation, inviting you to take the one on the left and continue along the meadow. As they say, you should take the meadow and the village to the right next to the wall, until the path is passable. Once back on the path and ignoring the crossroads on the right, go through the trees until you come out onto a rocky open area.

Where the trees end, turn left, heading clearly towards the mountain for a few metres, where there is a gate, sometimes with barbed wire, sometimes with branches, which must be crossed. Once you have crossed the gate or gate, turn immediately to the right and take a mountain path, which runs alongside the foothills of Peña Llabres and enters the small valley at the foot of the village of El Toral, whose houses can be seen. After the end of the path, the path turns into a bad track through the middle of a small wood until it reaches a hut on the left of the path. Here, in front of the hut, there is a path that climbs a little on the left side and soon reaches the hamlet of El Toral. Here, after passing the houses, there is a road on the left that leads to the hamlet of Rusecu.

Texts: Antonio Alba Moratilla