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Os Ancares Route...

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The estimated length of this route that we propose – which has a low level of difficulty – is three days. The itinerary is suitable for everyone and is ideal to do as a family.

It's necessary to take a vehicle and also do some short walks on foot. The time distribution should be taken just as an example, as it can be varied according to individual preference.

We advise starting out on the trip as shown on the map – though anyone who wishes to may do the route in the opposite direction to the one we propose and visit the hamlets of Suárbol and Balouta in León – as the descent of the latter's river is breathtakingly beautiful and is best seen if we follow the path in the direction recommended. In this area, the views of Murias de Rao and Rao from high up are also particularly spectacular.

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Route for Day 1

We start our route through Os Ancares in the village of Becerreá.

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  • Os Ancares mountain range

    Os Ancares mountain range

    Scrub covers much of the eastern slopes. Large bushy colonies, of importance for their production of berries such holly berries and blueberries. Chestnut groves and oakwoods abound...

  • Os Ancares mountain range

    Os Ancares mountain range

    Scrub covers much of the eastern slopes. Large bushy colonies, of importance for their production of berries such holly berries and blueberries. Chestnut groves and oakwoods abound...

  • Castle of Doirás

    Castle of Doirás

    Taking the road which follows this river's valley, we reach Doiras Castle, the most important monument in the municipality of Cervantes. It is located at more than 1,000 metres altitude...

  • Campo da Braña - Os Ancares

    Campo da Braña - Os Ancares

  • Donís - Os Ancares

    Donís - Os Ancares

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We take the provincial road LU-722, located to the left of the N-VI in the direction of Madrid (to the right in the direction of A Coruña).

Driving along the LU-723 road, the first towns we come to are A Borquería and As Pontes de Gatín. When we reach the village of Liber, we come to signs indicating "Os Ancares por Doiras a 30 km'' (Os Ancares via Doiras 30 km away). At this point we turn off to the right.

From here, the first hamlet we come to is Lama de Rei. Successively, we pass through O Mosteiro, O Fabal, Vilanova and – after travelling the announced 30 km – we come to the village of Doiras. During the winter months, at this point we must pay attention to the signs as they will indicate to us if the Piornedo or O Portelo Passes are open or closed due to snow.

In the hamlet of Doiras we find the castle of the same name, a 16th-century fortification. It is private property and cannot be visited. Another monument of interest is the Roman bridge over the River Cervantes.

Un quilómetro e medio máis adiante encontramos un cruzamento. Viramos cara á esquerda en dirección  Degrada, poboación que se encontra a 11,2 km de Doiras, a medio camiño entre Castelo de Frades e Cela. Ao chegar á Degrada e A Campa da Braña, localidade coñecida polas Brañas de Brego e o Club de montaña Os Ancares, encontrámonos á dereita a encrucillada que nos leva cara a aula da natureza do Parque Natural dos Ancares.

One-and-a half km further on, we come to a crossroads. We turn left in the direction of Degrada, a town which is 11.2 km from Doiras, midway between Castelo de Frades and Cela. When we come to Degrada and A Campa de Braña – a town famous for the Brañas de Brego and the Os Ancares Mountaineering Club – we find the crossroads to the right which will take us to the Nature Learning Centre at the Os Ancares Park.

One of the itineraries we can follow from A Degrada is the ascent to Os Tres Bispos (The Three Bishops) peak, so called because it seems to have been the place where the bishops of the three neighbouring dioceses met. This area contains forests of hollies, which are spectacularly beautiful trees. Due to the fact that this species of flora is in danger of extinction, its pruning and gathering in the wild is currently sanctioned.

Continuing straight ahead we go to Piornedo, to end our first day.

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