Enclave:

Revilla-Foratarruego

  • Distance :
  • Starting Point :Revilla
  • Total climb/descent :760 m
  • Route type :Linear
  • Time :2 hours 30 minutes (route out only)
  • Difficulty :Average

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Description

The wild nature of the Escuan Gorge will present you with many surprises. To discover them, head along the path that begins in Revilla and climbs up to the Foratarruego Refuge, where the best panoramic views of the valley and the huge glacial Gurrundu Cirque are to be had.

The route begins in the square in Revilla and the first sign reads "Puente de Mallos" (Mallos Bridge) and "Foraturruego". You go past the house where M Teresa Bernad was born and the Revilla Biological Station, a magnificent example of traditional architecture. Ignore a sign to the right to Consusa Superior and continue on the path, which heads west, the bearing you follow along the entire route.

For the first 15 minutes, you cross an open tract of land covered with box and blue broom scrub growing on this stony ground. Cross a metal bridge over the Consusa Gully. Shortly afterwards (25 minutes), you come to abandoned crop fields bounded by stone walls. A sign here marks the path to the Revilla vantage points.

The route takes you into the National Park (40 minutes). At a bend in the path, a sweeping panoramic view of the Os Sacos Gully and its head, the Angons Cirque, suddenly opens up before you. Another metal bridge takes you over this gully (60 minutes). Ignore the path to the left to Mallos Bridge and continue on towards Foratarruego. After a steep climb, you come to some old terraced fields where small mallatas (shepherds' refuges) still stand.

You continue to climb gradually amid Scots pine forests with dense box scrub dotted with the occasional holly and juniper bush. You will cross another gully, the Gargantas Gully, though here there is no walkway (1 hour 40 minutes). At this point, the path becomes steeper, bringing you eventually to A Bocera (1 hour 50 minutes), where a huge pine that is approximately 360 years old stands.

You come at last to the final stretch of flat land. Traverse an area of pastureland below the crag on which the refuge stands. Make sure you look out over the cornice to view the magnificent glacial Gurrundu Cirque. From here, walk to the refuge to admire the sweeping panoramic view of the Escuan Valley, the La Valle pastureland, Castillo Mayor, Sestrales and Cuello Viceto.

Recommendations

Take plenty of water with you, as the spring en route may be dry.