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Moal Forest Trail
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Moal Forest Trail (Western Asturias)
11 kms
On foot 3 h. 10 min.
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Access

The start of the trail is accessed via the AS-348 road from Cangas del Narcea to Degaña, taking the AS-348 in Ventanueva which leads to Ibias via Connio Pass. In barely a kilometre you come to Moal, the starting point of this trail and entrance to Muniellos Nature Reserve.

Layout of the route
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A fairly difficult trail leading to the lower part of Muniellos Forest

Summary Moal Forest Trail

The trail described here is an easy hike in the vicinity of Muniellos Nature Park, in Las Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias Nature Park. The beginning of the trail is located in the village of Moal, where you take a concrete path running between the houses which you should follow right to the end of the route. In the vicinity of Moal, there is a chestnut wood on the other side of the river where you can see several "corripas", circular constructions with a stone enclosure used to store spiny chestnut burrs and let them "cure" until they give up their fruit more easily.

After leaving the village, the trail runs parallel to the River Muniellos, crossing the river meadows and leaving the chestnut woods behind. The route continues among Pyrenean oak and beech woods which cover the slopes on both sides. "Cortinos" can be seen all along the trail. These are circular stone constructions whose mission is to protect the beehives they house from being raided by bears.

The route continues along the main track, without taking any path that may branch off from it, until you reach the barrier impeding entry to Muniellos Nature Reserve, the veritable jewel of Asturias' natural heritage that shelters emblematic species such as the brown bear and the Cantabrian capercaillie. To enter the reserve, you need to apply for a permit issued by the ministry responsible for protected natural areas, as access is restricted and limited to a maximum of twenty visitors a day. Take the path to the left which continues uphill, first among oak and chestnut trees and then through a beautiful beech wood.

After passing through the beech wood, the trail continues uphill towards Montecín Scenic Balcony, which can be seen up ahead. From the scenic balcony there are views of the village of Moal, Connio Pass and the lower part of Muniellos Nature Reserve-Biosphere Reserve.

Back on the main track, the trail continues to the left through a beech wood until reaching the crossroads called Colláu de Moncóu. You should take the left turning that heads steeply downhill to the same track that you used on the climb up, which takes you back to Moal.

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Description Moal - Moal

The trail described here is an easy hike in the vicinity of Muniellos Nature Park, in Las Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña e Ibias Nature Park. The beginning of the trail is located in the village of Moal, where you take a concrete path running between the houses which you should follow right to the end of the route. In the vicinity of Moal, there is a chestnut wood on the other side of the river where you can see several "corripas", circular constructions with a stone enclosure used to store spiny chestnut burrs and let them "cure" until they give up their fruit more easily.

After leaving the village, the trail runs parallel to the River Muniellos, crossing the river meadows and leaving the chestnut woods behind. The route continues among Pyrenean oak and beech woods which cover the slopes on both sides. "Cortinos" can be seen all along the trail. These are circular stone constructions whose mission is to protect the beehives they house from being raided by bears.

The route continues along the main track, without taking any path that may branch off from it, until you reach the barrier impeding entry to Muniellos Nature Reserve, the veritable jewel of Asturias' natural heritage that shelters emblematic species such as the brown bear and the Cantabrian capercaillie. To enter the reserve, you need to apply for a permit issued by the ministry responsible for protected natural areas, as access is restricted and limited to a maximum of twenty visitors a day. Take the path to the left which continues uphill, first among oak and chestnut trees and then through a beautiful beech wood.

After passing through the beech wood, the trail continues uphill towards Montecín Scenic Balcony, which can be seen up ahead. From the scenic balcony there are views of the village of Moal, Connio Pass and the lower part of Muniellos Nature Reserve-Biosphere Reserve.

Back on the main track, the trail continues to the left through a beech wood until reaching the crossroads called Colláu de Moncóu. You should take the left turning that heads steeply downhill to the same track that you used on the climb up, which takes you back to Moal.