Castro to Pola


This walk lasts about four hours and takes us up through the village of Castro and on to the ancient herding path to Pola. This is one of the most atmospheric routes in Somiedo as it goes in and out of many folds in the mountain, alternating from damp leafy interiors to dry rocky outcrops with stunning views. In early summer, bears come into orchards on the edge of the village to eat cherries. It’s common to see signs of their nocturnal visits as we pass by. Wolves also use the upper parts of the track and we often see their scat, especially at crossroads where they like to mark their territory. The path soon leaves the cultivated land and enters the holm oaks as it hugs the side of the mountain and snakes through the forest. Wild boar rooting can be seen along the way and a glimpse of a chamois or an adder is not unusual. This is a fabulous walk and the view of the valley gorge, (pictured), is just awesome! In late September the red deer stags roar  and the throaty sound echoes through the gorge.

The path eventually takes us past La Malvas and gently down to the end of our walk by the rio Somiedo close to Pola.

El Busgosu is the guardian of the forest in the local Celtic lore. Psychologically and metaphorically, he guards the threshold between the cultivated and the wild, mind and being.

“The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about it’s being such and such and so and so. The passageway opens up when we have learned to shut off the internal dialogue.”
Juan Matus

There will be a chance to share as little or as much as you like about your experience when we break silence at the end of the walk.

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In the evening we can have dinner in one of the very reasonably priced restaurants or, we can self cater back at La Pinietsa. We are always flexible about dinner in the evenings so we can adapt to what people feel like doing.

We do not believe in getting up early at Walking in Spirit so you can rise when you feel like it and take plenty of time to relax and get ready for the next day’s walk.

5 responses to “Castro to Pola

    • Hi Juliette
      The longest walk we do is about 10 miles and the shortest about 4. The other two are around 6. We walk at a gentle pace and take lots of breaks. Call me on 07969 89 5834 if you would like to discuss further.

      Best wishes

  1. I would also also like to know if the walk is easy or challenging, I mean steep or rugged. How long does the longest walk take?
    Thank you

    • The walks vary from 5km to 15km. We walk slowly and stop often, (a casual amble), but we do go up and down hills and can be uneven underfoot. Sometimes I have people come who choose not to do all the walks which is fine. It’s also lovely just to relax at our base and soak up the tranquility. Email me at or call me on 07969895834 if you would like to know more.

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