AVILÉS – SOTO DE LUIÑA (39,7 Km)
Councils of Avilés, Castrillón, Soto, Muros and Cudillero
Follow the street of La Ferrería to the neighborhood of Sabugo, which is reached by the street of La Estación. In Carbayo square, take the avenue of Germany and go up the slope of San Cristóbal to the rasa of the same name, where you have to go through the deviation that, on the right, leads to Carcedo ; About 250 meters after the fork to La Garita, take the path that, on the left, goes down to Campo del Conde, already in the Castrillón council. Here begins the descent to the stream of La Plata, by a track that crosses the river links on the rise with the road from Avilés to Piedras Blancas, which will continue to reach this population.
Once in Piedras Blancas, the route crosses the avenue of Gijón and continues along the road that leads to Villar, where you take, on the left, the track that goes up to the Cordel mountain range and continues on its axis to the southwest. At the height of La Lloba it turns to the west and after about 400 meters begins the descent by the slope until Ventaniella in Santiago del Monte, place where it is accessed after crossing the river of La Ferrería
From Santiago del Monte he goes to El Cueplo for a section that starts at the road that goes to the airport. After the village of El Cueplo, in terms of the council of Soto del Barco, it climbs up to the clear of the same name, to continue on the high heading west, leaving several crosses on the sides, without having to deviate by any of them until At the confluence of several tracks, a gentle descent begins, then the road must be taken in a northwesterly direction and later in a southwest direction that leads to the encounter with the San Juan de la Arena road, after crossing an old bridge.
Due to the numerous roads that cross the stop, it is advisable not to lose your way and be alert to the signs. The village of El Castillo is climbed by a ramp that opens to the right of the road. As it is not possible to cross the Nalón River by boat, as before, it is necessary to go from here to Soto del Barco by the old road, and take, past the roundabout, the route of the old national road that leads to the bridge over the Nalón. On the other side, take a path to the left of the N-632 that goes up to Era. Then, after crossing the same road, the road climbs to the capital of the council of Muros del Nalón.
The Camino crosses the Marqués de Muros square and continues towards the west passing over the train track, with which it will meet again, following the west, some 700 meters later. The iron laying is saved by an overpass that marks the beginning of the descent to the stream of Santa Olaya. After a brief incursion in the council of Pravia, one arrives at the left margin of the Aguilar river, that marks the beginning of the section by Cudillero. The Way borders its basin at the middle of the slope, until the junction with the road that joins El Pito with La Vana through which it continues to the right Passing the church of El Pito, take a deviation to the left to descend to the trough of the San Roque stream. Here the old road disappeared so when arriving at the road from Piñera to Cudillero it is necessary to go through it about 500 meters to the right and turn left to cross the stream and the train track, then go south until connecting with the branch that, on the right, goes to Balandres. The route continues, after passing the N-632, through El Manto, Las Dueñas and Rellayo, where on a steep slope the road crosses again and descends through La Magdalena towards the valley of the Uncín River. Draw the channel by a small bridge from which it goes, heading southwest on a prologue slope towards El Ribete. The passage from Rellayo to La Magdalena presents some difficulty, so you can also choose to follow, at the height of Las Dueñas, the layout of the old N-632. From El Ribete the ascent continues, going west, for about 500 meters. At this point of the road is interrupted by the highway so you have to exercise extreme caution. Continue to the hamlet of La Cebedal, bordering the head of the stream of Abango, and Mumayor from where you climb to Campo Cima. Then, the descent begins in the valley of the Esqueiro river until crossing it through the bridge of Soto de Luiña.
Folklore & Traditions
Castrillón distributes his pilgrimages and festive events throughout the year. Among them we can highlight the Jira a Pulide, in June, the Castrillón Day, in July, the Campo de Castrillón festival, in May, or the Piedras Blancas festivities, capital of the council, also in June.
If there is a dish that occupies the position of honor in the kitchen of Soto del Barco and Muros del Nalón, those are the elvers fished by hand in San Juan de la Arena, and tasting it is the start of the celebration of the gastronomic journeys. These area is also well known for her excellent maritime food, such as, stews, fried fish, pixin in its many slopes, beans with clams or lobster, seafood paella … And for dessert, rice with milk and frixuelos.
The festivities of San Isidro, in May, and San Pedro, in June, are marked in red in the local calendar, which also highlights the San Telmo festivities. It is celebrated on the first Sunday of September in honor of the sailors and once marked the end of the coastal bonito and the beginning of the elvers.
If there is a typical dish in Cudillero that is the curadillo. It is a dry fish that was present among the seafaring families as a reserve during the wintering days. The villa pixueta shows its marked sea accent with sardines, hake in all its variants, the bonito in rolls, the sea bass with vegetables, the sea bream on the back and, of course, the seafood. Although we can not forget tradition either, with the fabada or the pitu de caleya. To close it is suggested the rice with milk, the cottage cheese, the frixuelos and two specialties of the area, the turrón of partition and the pixuetinos (new modality of the traditional sighs).
The chapter of celebrations in the council of Cudillero is plagued of appointments of great popular devotion like the celebration of Santa Marina, the one of the Virgin of the Rosary in Soto de Luiña or the one of San Roque. It stands out among them of the Santa Ana de Montarés, the 26 of July, that congregates in the sanctuary of the same name located in the parish of San Juan de Piñera to numerous pilgrimsThe pixuetos sailors are great devotees of this party in which merriment and religiosity are mixed. And there is also an unmissable party in the pixueto calendar, the Naval Festival, at the beginning of October, which serves as a reminder of the battle of Lepanto.
Data of interest
Walking time: 8h
Running time: 5h 30 min
Cycling time: 4h
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