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Cares Gorge Trail
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Cares Gorge Trail (Eastern Asturias)
21 kms
On foot 6 h. 15 min.
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Access

The trail is accessed via the AS-114 Cangas de Onis-Arenas de Cabrales (Las Arenas) road. Once in Arenas de Cabrales, take the AS-264 to Poncebos, where the route begins.

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Summary Cares Gorge Trail

TheCares Gorge Trail always runs close to the River Cares along a spectacular path cut into the limestone in this impressive gorge, also known as the Divine Gorge, surrounded by mountains rising nearly 2,000 metres.

In 1916, a winding, precarious path began to be marked out so that workers belonging to the Electra de Viesgo electricity company could monitor and maintain a water canal. This canal carried part of the River Cares water supply to be used for hydroelectric generation at Camarmeña Power Plant. Subsequently, in the 1940s and 50s, the current path was built to provide better access for canal maintenance.

The trail begins in Poncebos, which can be accessed via the road from Arenas de Cabrales until reaching Puente Poncebos, where the power plant is located. There are 2 car parks shortly before reaching the plant. If there are a lot of people, it is advisable to leave the car there. In the low season, you can drive further up to where the funicular railway to Bulnes begins or even to the very beginning of the gorge. At Puente Poncebos, take the path on the left. A few metres further on, there is a path to the right leading to Los Collaos. Continuing uphill you will begin to see the River Cares flowing between the huge rocks and walls rising over 1,000 m.

You then head downhill to the path running alongside the canal and, a few metres on from there, you will see a path on the left leading down to the river over rocky ground. Continuing along the trail, you then come to a hut next to the canal. Saigu Channel appears straightaway to the right. Continuing on, you come to Las Avareras Channel, where there is also a cave. Continuing along the path you then come to El Tableru and La Raya Channels just before reaching Culiembro.

Once you get to Culiembro, you will see the water canal and a cabin to your right. Here the GR-202 Reconquista Route branches off, ascending through the Culiembro Channel to Ostón and then through Vega Maor and Vega Comeya, which heads for Covadonga.

You now enter the most beautiful and spectacular part of the trail, where the walls of the gorge almost converge. Shortly after, now in the lands of León, the trail runs higher up from the river, continuing on over Bolín Bridge, crossing the river at a great height and crossing it again shortly after over Los Rebecos Bridge.

Finally, you pass through a tunnel-like stretch with large openings cut into the rock as if they were windows. You then reach Caín Dam, where the valley begins to open up offering views of the village of Caín.

The return trip is along the same path.

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Description Poncebos - Caín

TheCares Gorge Trail always runs close to the River Cares along a spectacular path cut into the limestone in this impressive gorge, also known as the Divine Gorge, surrounded by mountains rising nearly 2,000 metres.

In 1916, a winding, precarious path began to be marked out so that workers belonging to the Electra de Viesgo electricity company could monitor and maintain a water canal. This canal carried part of the River Cares water supply to be used for hydroelectric generation at Camarmeña Power Plant. Subsequently, in the 1940s and 50s, the current path was built to provide better access for canal maintenance.

The trail begins in Poncebos, which can be accessed via the road from Arenas de Cabrales until reaching Puente Poncebos, where the power plant is located. There are 2 car parks shortly before reaching the plant. If there are a lot of people, it is advisable to leave the car there. In the low season, you can drive further up to where the funicular railway to Bulnes begins or even to the very beginning of the gorge. At Puente Poncebos, take the path on the left. A few metres further on, there is a path to the right leading to Los Collaos. Continuing uphill you will begin to see the River Cares flowing between the huge rocks and walls rising over 1,000 m.

You then head downhill to the path running alongside the canal and, a few metres on from there, you will see a path on the left leading down to the river over rocky ground. Continuing along the trail, you then come to a hut next to the canal. Saigu Channel appears straightaway to the right. Continuing on, you come to Las Avareras Channel, where there is also a cave. Continuing along the path you then come to El Tableru and La Raya Channels just before reaching Culiembro.

Once you get to Culiembro, you will see the water canal and a cabin to your right. Here the GR-202 Reconquista Route branches off, ascending through the Culiembro Channel to Ostón and then through Vega Maor and Vega Comeya, which heads for Covadonga.

You now enter the most beautiful and spectacular part of the trail, where the walls of the gorge almost converge. Shortly after, now in the lands of León, the trail runs higher up from the river, continuing on over Bolín Bridge, crossing the river at a great height and crossing it again shortly after over Los Rebecos Bridge.

Finally, you pass through a tunnel-like stretch with large openings cut into the rock as if they were windows. You then reach Caín Dam, where the valley begins to open up offering views of the village of Caín.

The return trip is along the same path.