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Level One Walks

Level 1 walking holidays are an easy to moderate grade, generally gentle walks on good paths and tracks, with no more than 500m of ascent and 1,000m of descent, including no more than 5 to 6 hours of walking.

These walks allow plenty of time for observing the abundant wildlife around the Picos. Where mountain streams gently flow across ourAdonis blue butterfly tracks, clouds of little blue butterflies are startled, while dragonflies methodically patrol their own territories. Through deciduous Beech and evergreen Holm oak woods the reverberating drumming of Black woodpeckers on trees gives their presence away while more easily seen, smaller birds such as strikingly marked Pied flycatchers and noisy Nuthatches call the alarm as their territory is invaded. Often mistaken for a gentian, the vibrant blue of Scrambling gromwell, Lithodora diffusa, decorates the shale walls of paths and if you're lucky, in spring and early summer, you Scrambling gromwell, Llithodora diffusamay stumble upon orchid species such as the Bee orchid, Ophrys apifera, or elegant lilies such as the Pyrenean, Lilium pyrenaicum. These natural delights are found using the inside knowledge of Mike, your guide.

A ride on the Fuente De cable car can transport us effortlessly up 750m or so into the high peaks of the Picos, realm of the Cantabrian chamois, Alpine accentors and choughs.

In autumn the main nature show is put on by the deciduous trees as the first cold nights begin to colour their leaves to fiery reds and golds. Summer-visiting birds are heading south but there should still be the later stragglers such as Egyptian vultures sharing airspace with the resident Griffon vultures, Golden eagles and plentiful Common buzzards.

Time-worn tracks that only the locals and goats know contour the hillsides, Autumn leaves
joining villages with pan-tiled roofs held on by stones, views changing with every bend on the way. Each village has at least one natural spring, perfect for rest stops and refilling water bottles and great spots for picnic lunches. Also always worth checking out for tadpoles and newts.

 

Level I walking holidays are all centred around the valleys of Liébana and the Central and Eastern Massifs of the Picos de Europa, Spain.

 

 

Early summer

The price of the holiday, €650 pp. includes;

  • 6 days of guided walking with picnic lunches
  • 7 nights full-board accommodation including 3-course dinners with drinks in a comfortable guesthouse
  • Transport to and from walks
  • Free airport transfers (Santander, Bilbao or Oviedo, Asturias)

The price does not include snacks and drinks in bars or cable car tickets (@ 10€ pp. one way).

See dates and availability here.

Send us an email or call 0034 942732010 or text 0034 660551307

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"just a note to thank you for our very happy holiday with you last week. It's a blissful part of the world, and we greatly enjoyed our walks. Also thanks to Mike for his unfailing good humour and patience with his Geriatric Babes!"

Pauline McIldowie

"Thanks for a great week and for providing us with a wonderful introduction to the Picos. We hope to be back one day for more!"

Kathy, Tony and Matt Day.

"This is just to say many thanks for what was one of our best walking holidays ever!"

Martin and Lynda Gould.

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