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    Start Arenas de Cabrales.

    The trip starts in Arenas de Cabrales this afternoon. Those on the group flights will be met at Bilbao Airport and transferred to our hotel, which has views up to the highest peak in the national park.

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    Visit the Arenas de Cabrales range; high pastures, wild peaks and limestone outcrops

    The walk begins directly from our hotel. After leaving the village, an ancient Roman path leads us up to the high pastures of Nava, which in the months of May and June are alive with a sea of flowers. We continue up where the scenery changes to one more reminiscent of the Yorkshire Dales, with limestone outcrops jutting out of the landscape. Looking skywards it is possible to spot a variety of eagles and vultures roaming the thermals. The path leads us to a viewpoint at ‘Collado Las Arnias’, which rewards us with commanding views of Arenas far below and the jagged peaks of the central massif in the distance. We descend and walk to the village of Caraves.

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    Ascent to Pandescura peak with superb views of the Western Massif.

    A short transfer takes us to the village of Canales. The first part of the day follows farm tracks before a short climb up to the 'Collado de los Buitres'. If you are lucky you may see Griffon vultures soaring above. We then follow open terrain, slowly ascending to the base of the Pandescura peak. A simple ascent to the top will lead us to an ideal lunch spot with superb views of the Western massif peaks. We then descend through green hills to the village of Bovia.

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    Classic Cares Gorge walk, one of the most popular walks in Spain.

    The classic Cares Gorge has been described as the jewel in the crown of Spanish hiking. For 12 km, the engineered path has been blasted into the rock face. Originally built in the 1940s as part of a hydroelectric scheme, it is now one of the most popular walks in Spain. In places, the surrounding peaks rise over two thousands metres above the path and if we're lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the rare and beautiful wall creeper. The path eventually emerges in the village of Cain, where we have lunch before our return along the same path to Puente Poncebos. Transport will be waiting here to take us to back to our hotel in Arenas. The walk is relatively flat, with a gradual ascent of just 350m from Puente Poncebos to Cain.

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    Free day. Optional activities include caving, canoeing, canyoning or a trip to the coast.

    Today is free for you to visit the coast or try a spot of caving, canoeing or canyoning. Our local staff will be able to help organise any of these activities.

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    Summit of Peña Main, one of the classic viewpoints of the Picos; continue on to Pandebano Col.

    Starting close to the village of Tieve, we walk up into the Main range and summit Peña Main, one of the classic viewpoint in the Picos. We walk to Pandebano Col and then begin our descent.

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    Walk up to the twin summits of Mancondiu offering fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs.

    At 2000m, the twin summits of Mancondiu are the highest point we reach during the week. Most of the walking apart from the last 200m is on disused mining tracks. The top offers fantastic views of the Central and Eastern Massifs and is a fantastic end to varied week of walking.

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    End Arenas de Cabrales.

    The trip ends in Arenas de Cabrales this morning after breakfast.

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