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Review of 'Ruta de Branagallones' walk

Province: Oviedo
Nearest Town: Campo de Caso

Date Visited: Several
Date Reviewed: 25/02/06
Reviewed by:anon anon

Location: In The Redes National Park, about 8km from Campo de Caso. The walk starts from the village of Bezanes and takes you into the heart of Redes.
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Mountain beehives on the walk

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View from the walk.

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On the way to the meadow: a cowherd's cabin with mountains in the distance.

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In the Branagallones meadow.

This is one of the longest walks in Redes, 10.5km each way up to a glacier-formed meadow and back. The meadow is surrounded by impressive mountains and is dotted with old stone cabins that are still lived in.

The walks departs from Bezanes and climbs up to the the meadow. It's breathtaking, in both senses: Some of the climb is fairly steep, although it levels out in parts. It's worth the effort for the excellent views which just keep on getting better and better the higher you go.

The walk takes you past mountain beehives, perched on the slopes (honey is sold from a house in Bezanes), cowherds cabins, and lush green fields with grazing cattle.

Once in the meadow you can take a leisurly rest for lunch while you admire the view. If you're still feeling adventurous there's also the option of following the 'Ruta del Cantu L'Osu', an further 11km walk which leaves from the Branagallones meadow, taking you in a circular route through the mountains and up to the 1800m peak that the walk is named for.

Information on Redes and maps of all the official walks in the park are available for guest in El Castano.