Hiking trails to enjoy the charm of Oscos-Eo
These gentle mountains are the cradle of a large number of routes on foot, on the banks of rivers, with a final destination in waterfalls or simply with quiet landscapes through which to walk under the branches of leafy chestnut and oak trees.
The rural Asturias, the one that passes from the “praos” to the small mounts, unfolds before the visitor in this Region, without forgetting the surprise of finding in our way vestiges of the attempts of the man to take advantage of the Nature like source of energy.
To enjoy a better escape to a the West of Asturias, we present a small selection of five hiking routes in Oscos-Eo, simple and many of them suitable for the family.
Active tourism by MTB or canoe, sport fishing, a waterfall with a legend (in the Pena del Encanto Route) or fluvial landscapes are some of the charms of San Tirso de Abres, winner of the Pueblo Ejemplar de Asturias Award (2011), where you can find the Ruta del Ferrocarril (Railway Route) that communicated passengers and goods from the coast to the interior.
The Railway was a symbol of progress in the nineteenth century, but between the late twentieth century and the twenty-first century many of the routes, which linked small towns or industrial or mineral extraction areas, have been abandoned in favour of road transport.
This abandonment has also become a benefit for the traveller, as in places such as San Tirso de Abres the old mining railway track that ran from 1903 to 1964 between Villaodrid and Ribadeo has become a comfortable hiking route.
The route, which comes into Galicia, has hardly any unevenness and includes the passage through several tunnels, an abandoned hydroelectric plant (although inside you can see part of the original machinery) and some bridges. A precaution and a tip: take a good look at both sides when crossing the N-640 road and take a flashlight, or don’t go without a battery in your mobile in order to use yours, as not all the tunnels have lighting (although they compensate being very wide and high).
Taramundi was a pioneer of rural tourism in Spain in the 80s of the 20th century (some of those you read to me would not have been born yet). It did not rest on its laurels, and still offers more than enough reasons to guarantee the success of a weekend getaway to this area: the famous knives of Taramundi have the Cutlery Museum, the daily life of the poor and wealthy is reflected in the articles on display at the Ethnographic Museum of Esquíos, in Os Castros there are the remains of a pre-Roman settlement, the House of Water the Museum of the Mills of Manzanovo give idea of the importance of the water resource for the life and survival of the inhabitants, or the Ethnographic Set Os Teixois (with all kinds of traditional hydraulic ingenuity in operation), where ends the Route of the Water that I explain to you next.
We can leave the car in the car park on the Museum of the Mazonovo Mills (where there are 19 of them in operation), the largest of its kind in Spain. We follow the road a few meters, after leaving it behind, before finding, well signposted, the hill that leaves it and where parallel to the River Turia we begin the route itself.
We will find a rest area very soon, when crossing the stony Escaderna Bridge, but I can not fit its usefulness if you do this route, unless you decide to do it the other way around (following the road – or a path as a greener option – to the Teixois Ethnographic Ensemble and returning to Taramundi through the interior).
There are three points that I consider of main interest in the route, the Salgueira waterfall (which makes us leave the route to see it and was practically dry at the end of October, although it is a precious and careless detour), Esquíos (where a knife-making craftsman survives), and Os Teixois (ethnographic set with a flour mill, sharpening stone, power station, beater, mallet and forge).
Route of the Seimeira
Exemplary Town of Asturias in 2016, together with San Martín and Villanueva de Oscos – given that this prized award was given to all three nuclei – in Santa Eulalia de Oscos you will find the Birth House Museum of the Sargadelos Museum. Much more than a collection of articles from his life, the house is a true and passionate look at everyday life in the eighteenth century, with rooms that not only faithfully reproduce a kitchen or a bedroom, but many of its pieces are original from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, explained by a guide knowledgeable of each of them, Iker, and their functions. And if you want to take another step towards understanding a traditional trade that barely survives in the 21st century, it is essential to visit the ironworks of the Ethnographic Ensemble of Manzonovo.