Poncebos in Asturias province.
Poncebos is the popular starting point for the awesome Ruta del Cares hike between the tiny villages of Poncebos and Caín in León province. The route is 12kms long, so 24kms if you plan to walk the return too. If you don’t then the yellow building on the left, Hotel Rte Garganta del Cares, can organise a return bus ride, as can, we assume – the Hotel Mirador de Cabrales on the right.
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Part of the dramatic, high level Ruta del Cares hike along the Cares Gorge.
This hugely deep gorge, Desafiladero del Rio Cares, also known as Garganta del Cares, is several hundred metres straight down in places but quite easily walkable thanks to an old and mostly horizontal hydro-electric maintenance track carved into the limestone cliff-faces.
PR-PNPE 3: Ruta del Cares, 3 hours one way. The 12km trek Poncebos to Caín is especially beautiful in its upper section but will get very busy in peak season/weekends and is probably best avoided by those who suffer from vertigo. The unfenced track can narrow to 1. 5m in places and if you meet another group on the path who takes the outside track? Not me!
The path is very rocky in places so it is essential to wear solid footwear such as hiking boots; trainers do not offer enough support.
Parking at Poncebos is free in car parks if you get there early enough or at the side of the road under the guidance of local authority employees, though spaces become scarce quite rapidly in high season.
Although the walking route between Poncebos and Caín is only 12km, the geography is such that driving between them demands around two hours and a distance of over 100km so it’s best to do the return journey on foot if possible. If not then one of the hotels in Poncebos (and probably Caín too, in season) can organise tickets for a bus.
But if that’s all too much effort, or too much time, then jumping the funicular up to Bulnes village is an easy option. . .