The Original Way
Stage 5: Pola de Allande - Berducedo
17.41 kilometer stage that runs entirely through the council of Allande. It is a short but intense route, in which the climb to the Alto del Palo is saved, to then start, after an initial abrupt descent, the road to the town of Berducedo in a more relaxed way.
The climb to El Palo means saving, in the eight kilometers that mediate between this landmark and Pola de Allande, a difference in altitude of about 600 meters of altitude, making this ascent through a surprising landscape, which allows you to enter shortly after leaving the Alnish capital a completely natural setting, in which the lush vegetation, the water courses and a path flanked on occasions by splendid closing walls made of dry stone (which, on occasions, serve to contain stones that seem to fall on the own Camino de Santiago) contribute to configure one of the most beautiful routes of the Asturian Jacobean routes, of course very different from the landscape of the existing alternative to save the Alto del Palo, the Camino de los Hospitales.
This stage is extremely natural and this has its correspondence in the road surface itself, which in its overwhelming majority runs along dirt and gravel tracks, the area that runs on asphalt or concrete is very scarce (less than three kilometers) . As for cultural heritage, once Pola de Allande has been left behind, the path runs through a purely natural environment, in which only a few isolated hamlets will mark the Camino de Santiago until it passes the Alto del Palo. After this summit, a gentler route begins in which the small towns of Montefurado, Lago and Berducedo will follow, in which there are numerous examples of the typical architecture of the area, of solid, compact structures and with slate roofs. , highlighting elements such as the chapel of Montefurado, or the churches of Lago and Berducedo, flanked in both cases by centenary yew trees.
This intricate section of the Jacobean route had a dense network of pilgrim assistance points since medieval times, highlighting among them the existing hospitals in Montefurado (of which the chapel is still preserved), Lago and Berducedo.
Beginning of the stage in front of the church of San Andrés de Pola de Allande. The Camino continues with its back to it, along Mayor M. Ramos Florez Street, which leads to the Carlos Santos crossing, continuing to the left, until it reaches Calle Mayor, the nucleus of the capital of Algeria, the building of the town hall on the left and on the right the great monument to the old mayor ¿?. At this crossroads, called Plaza de Diz Tirado, you continue straight ahead, in the direction of Berducedo, along Avenida de Galicia, a road that ascends and that after a first block of blocks on both sides, passes along a sidewalk with houses only on the right hand, locating on the left the river Nisón, and a little further on, a detour to the left to pass a bridge over this river channel.
In the Plaza de Diz Tirado it is possible to continue along the path of the Hazel and the Palace to two of the most interesting points of the Alnish capital, the sanctuary of the Virgen del Avellano and the Palace of the Cienfuegos, declared a Site of Cultural Interest.
Leaving Pola de Allande behind, continue along the shoulder of the AS-14 road, since the sidewalks have come to an end. You pass a three-storey house, on the left, with wooden galleries in the upper two, arriving shortly after at a gas station, on the right-hand side of the road, after which you pass into a landscape dominated by meadows and mountains. trees, with isolated dwellings.
After leaving the gas station behind, continue along the shoulder of the road for a little more than 900 meters, before leaving a detour to the left, to the town of El Mazo, which is at a lower level of the road. After that detour, you continue to climb the road until after that distance you take a narrow dirt road that starts to the left, going downhill.
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You go down this narrow track, between trees and parallel to the riverbed of the Nison that flows, to the left, at the bottom of the valley. Two hundred meters after taking the track, and once you have crossed the small stream of La Vachina, an ascent begins to a small nucleus of houses, in La Reguera, which you do not get to enter, but before the first construction is turn left, down a concrete track. The first building is flanked in this way, a long stone construction.
You continue along the track between dry stone walls and meadows, descending until you pass next to another group of houses, in the place of Casa Zancos, continuing behind them along the concrete track, flanked by stone walls and running in parallel to the river, to the left. Further on, you will arrive at the place of Fulgueiral, passing by a construction with a practicable tunnel at the front of it.
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After this house, a climb begins that leads to a crossroads, continuing to the left, leaving behind a track that leads to the regional road. You soon arrive at a farmhouse with a bread basket, sitting on six small stone pegoyos located on top of a high stone wall.
The path continues, flanked on the right by stone walls, with the river on the left, at a lower level. At this point, the route returns to being a dirt and stone track, arriving shortly after at a detour, to the left, towards a fountain, having to continue straight ahead, ascending a steep slope, between meadows, trees? and stone walls that delimit the Jacobean route, at some points being sandwiched between slopes, always surrounded by lush arboreal vegetation.
After about 350 meters of ascent, you come to a crossroads. Towards the right, the one that leads to the old schools of Penaseita, converted into a pilgrim hostel.
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The route continues straight ahead, between areas delimited by stone walls and others in which the natural rock has been carved to turn it into a slope of the road, arriving after just over 700 meters at a footbridge over the Fonfaraón stream, called the Xestu bridge Molín.
After the bridge, the ascent continues, between trees, meadows, dry stone walls and some stony ground on the right, always parallel to the Nisón river, which runs to the left of the Camino. You even pass through an area where a stream forms a small waterfall to the right of the Camino, crossing this stream without the need for a footbridge, at a point of exceptional natural beauty. From this point, the sections of road flanked by dry stone walls, each time higher, become more abundant, passing through an area in which these walls serve as a containment element of several rocky areas developed on the right side of the road. .
Shortly after these rocky areas, you reach the small town of Reigada, actually only a dozen buildings, including houses, stables and granaries, which is crossed by a concrete track that crosses the small La Solana stream that crosses the town.
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After that riverbed, we continue, ascending, along a stone track that then gives way to a narrow dirt path and later to a wider section, with firm paving stones, which ascends between trees and specific areas of high walls. of stone on the flanks of the path. On the left, you pass an area in which the river that runs parallel to the path forms a small waterfall, just in a place where the stone walls that flank the path once again serve to contain a stone, on the right.
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Very shortly after, you reach a plain where the river is crossed twice, thanks to wooden walkways, in an area where the channel forms small waterfalls.
After the second footbridge, an ascent begins between trees along a narrow dirt path, leaving the river on the left, crossing a small stream later, without the need for a footbridge, continuing the ascent between the oak forest, beech and other species , until it ends up merging into the AS-14 regional road, continuing to the left along its shoulder for just over a hundred meters. At that curve you cross the road and continue along a dirt track that continues to the right, arriving shortly after at a fork where you must choose the path that continues to the right, a dirt and stone path that begins a steep climb, first between heather and broom bushes, and grass, and then go through the interior of a pine grove, which you cross, then come to the vicinity of a concrete washhouse, before which you turn right , going up a stone and dirt track that after several turns leads to Alto del Palo.
At the Alto del Palo, located at a height of 1,146 m, there is the link between the route of the Primitive Way that comes from Pola de Allande and the one that runs through the Sierra de los Hospitales, continuing onwards and at both in a unified way .
Continue straight ahead, parallel to the AS-14 road, passing by a high electricity tower and beginning a very steep descent along a very stony path, which after about 450 meters of travel between gorse and bushes, leads to the road , which is crossed, continuing straight ahead along a path of earth and stone that passes through an area in which it runs between rocky outcrops that flank the road, with the firm also paved.
This path leads, after about 1,100 meters to the small town of Montefurado.
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There was a pilgrim hospital in Montefurado already documented in 1744, but which had certainly been founded long before, forming part of the chain of shelters that marked the Camino de Santiago in this section so complicated by its physical conditions and isolation.
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The town is crossed by a path flanked by dry stone walls, leaving on the sides the few buildings of the nucleus, among them some granary and the remains of the old hospital.
After the last construction, continue straight for about 75 meters, until you reach a meadow delimited by a stone wall, on the left, with an access port.
You must continue at this point to the left, crossing that wall and crossing the meadow, parallel to its closing wall. You continue until you pass another gate and reach a forest, which you cross, to then continue along a dirt and stone track, between bushes and meadows. This path leads to a new gate, after which you continue along a narrow dirt track that, after just under 700 meters, joins a forest track.
We continue to the right, crossing a new gate, and arriving after another 800 meters, between oak trees and ferns, on the AS14 road, on the Couso pass, which we immediately abandon, to take a narrow dirt path that leaves the road from the road to the left.
Continue along this path, between bushes and some trees, with good views of the Valledor mountain range, for 1.2 kilometers, until you reach the Lago cemetery, at the entrance of this town.
Upon reaching the cemetery, the path turns left, taking a concrete track that, after just over 100 meters leads to the nucleus of Lago and to the small square where its church stands, next to which stands the imposing yew tree, declared a Natural Monument.
Lago had a pilgrim hospital in medieval times, in a two-story building that stands in front of the school, on the road. This hospital was in use from the 13th to the 19th century.
After the church, in front of which there is a beautiful sacramental altar, you go up through the town, between old houses, with a pronounced eaves, and some large bread basket, all with the typical slate roof of the area.
You come to the AS-14 road, along whose shoulder you continue to the left for just over 100 meters, to, after leaving the last houses in Lago behind, turn right and take a small dirt path that ascends between meadows.
280 meters further on you will cross a local road, continuing straight ahead along a dirt and stone track that, after crossing an area of wide meadows, enters a pine forest. After about 380 meters of travel through the middle of this forest mass, you will reach the regional road, having to follow at this point along a track that runs between the AS14 and the pine forest, extending this route along the forest track for about 900 meters .
After that distance, the track ends and converges with the AS14 road, having to cross, then taking a track that continues to the right, first between pine trees and then between meadows and plot closures.
This path leads, after approximately 1.4 km, to the first buildings in the town of Berducedo, a town that also had a pilgrims’ hospital since the 12th century, its construction having remained standing until 1980. Today it has a hostel for municipal pilgrims, in the old schools, and with several privately owned hostels.
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You pass by the old schools, converted into a pilgrims’ hostel, after which you descend to the AS34 road, on your way through the town.
You continue along it to the left, then take the first detour to the right, in a curve behind which a house is located and under it the access gate to your garage. Continue to the right, going down a concrete track that converges a few meters later with the AS14 road, in front of a house. Continue to the left to take a detour to the left just at the next bend, which leads to a paved track that is traveled for about 70 meters, until you reach the first detour to the right, which you take, and which now leads to the church of Santa María de Berducedo.
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