Walk “Maredes – La Viorna”/ Maredes

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Walk “Maredes – La Viorna”/ Maredes
ES-39575 Maredes (Campollo), Valle de Liébana, Cantabria, Spain

Duration approx. 1 ½ – 2 hrs. / circular walk
4,6 km / 320 m altitude difference

 

Done: since 2007 several times

This short walk is done by lots of tourists as it’s an easy, uncomplicated walk offering a great panoramic view from the Viorna cross. There are plenty of possibilities to reach the cross, but starting from Maredes is definitely the easiest way to do so. The walk can be done as a circular one within approx. 2 hrs of time. Leave your car at the entrance of the village where you’ll find an information board about the walk.

The walk starts from here, Maredes (Campollo) next to a spring (in case you’re thirsty take your chance). We start walking along the few houses and sheds where probably a small dog will welcome you barking along. On the right a small footpath leads you away from the houses and the village itself. Bit by bit we go uphill enjoying great views over the chapel of Magdalena. Further on we come across some oaks until the last part of the track leaving now all trees behind. From here on you’ll see the cross already.

You still have to go up a bit further to finally reach the Viorna cross. Now a complete open area also visited by lovers of hang- and paragliding. I loved the fact that I could walk off the leash. My humans love the great views especially from the top at around 1.151m from where you can see the Oriental massif of the National Park Picos de Europa with Peña Vieja and Tesorero, several villages of the Camaleño valley, the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana  but also the villages of the valley Cillorigo de Liébana and Vega de Liébana with its mountains such as Pico Jano, Bistruey, Peña de Dobres and the massif of Peña Prieta.

Return by the same track or make it a circular walk by continuing the large path from the cross. Just follow this path (suitable for the 4×4 of people practising paragliding) until you reach Maredes again.

**More information about this walk you can find on the website of the tourist office (in Spanish) Vega de Liébana: www.vegadeliebana.com

 

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