This is a "ruta" which in English means a trail. There are 2 ways to do this trail as previous contributors have said. We did it from the Cain side and only half way as we knew there was no way we could do the return trip in one day!
To get to Cain you need nerves of steel, the small winding mountain roads with few barriers makes for an interesting ride! I don't think I got over 4th gear the whole trip from Covadonga to Cain. I've been told that driving to Poncebos is easier and it's better to do the ruta from this side & walk to Cain rather than drive to Cain!
We stayed in Cordinanes, about 7km from Cain in a pension called El Tombo (which is an inn which has all the facilities of a hotel but is smaller) The pension was perfect with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. They also served a "menu" in the evening which was delicious and breakfast in the morning (which was just a hot drink and toast). The following day we drove to Cain for the ruta.
The ruta itself is spectacular to say the least. Huge mountains surround you on either side of the gorge while you snake your way along the path with the river. I wouldn't recommend this trail if you don't have a head for heights as at some points it can be quite high and there is no barrier, so those with young children or pets beware. (We did see some people with young kids tied onto them, just in case!)
The gorge can be a bit of a sun trap - we did it the first weekend in May & while there was still snow on the mountain tops, it was roasting down in the gorge, so make sure you wear long sleeves or wear lots of sun cream.
There are several places to stay in Cain and plenty of parking (the locals have it well sussed and if there's no on-street parking then there are plenty of little fields where you can leave your car for €3 for the day) There are also a few restaurants offering a "menu", which we availed of, but most people seemed to have brought a picnic & were sitting by the river enjoying the sunshine and the cool mountain water. If I did it again, this is what I'd do!
All in all this was one of my favourite walks I've ever done in my whole life! The scenery was spectacular, the locals delightful and all in all a fabulous day. Highly recommended!!
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