The Pico Moro is a minor summit which can be reached from the hotel with out a car and although it is only 560 m high the views of the mountains and surrounding countryside are stunning. I’ve done this walk many times and I still enjoy it each time I do it. For me the best way is to do it as a circular walk which takes about 5 hours but it is also possible to do a shorter version just there and back via the road to Ribadesella.
Leaving Collia along the green path you descend down to a small river and it suddenly feels quite isolated. The track takes you past a couple of farm houses and although you are only a few kilometres from Arriondas you feel as though the farmers are used to being on their own. After a climb through a forest the views open out again and the Picos de Europa can be seen lingering in the distance.
Like the Picos most of the surrounding mountains and outcrops are limestone, but Pico Moro differs with a predominately silicate based subsoil. As a consequence the flora on the slopes is quite distinct and in parts there are even small forests of Mimosa trees. You climb along forest tracks lined with mimosas before you turn of for the final ascent to the summit where there is a rather bold cross made out of metal road barriers.
Then there is a descent along the ridge with views towards the coast and you soon arrive at another isolated farm house this one with its own chapel which is now being used as a store building. A small cement track takes you back to a minor road where it’s a 3 km walk back to the hotel passing the farm at Las Corronas.
Self guided walking notes and GPS track available for guests from the hotel
|Type of walk||Circular|
|Public transport options|
|Total Length||13 km|
|Total Ascent||560 m|
|Altitude||180 – 90 -560- 180|
|Total Walking time||5 hours|
|Terrain||Tracks, animal paths and minor road|
|Navigation||Easy to moderate|
|Map||Mapa Topográfico Nacional de España: Cangas de Onis, Ribadesella|