The Original Way

Stage 7: Bourres - Berducedo

Second stage of the Hospital bypass, in which the Camino itself enters this route through the Sierra de Fonfaraón, on the border between the councils of Tinéu and Allande.

On this route, a difference in level of more than 500 meters is saved between the town of La Mortera and the top of the hospital, next to the ruins of the historic Fonfaraón hospital, but it should be noted that it is a very logical natural path, which avoids strong ascending slopes, except in very specific sections, taking advantage of axial axes and ascents to the middle of the slope, with which in practice, until reaching the highest point in the Alto del Palo, practically flat sections or with very little inclination will be very frequent.

The natural landscape is the main protagonist of this stage, characterized by a journey of several kilometers in the middle of the mountain, following the peaks that are saved in the middle of the slope, the passage through country parks and some lagoons, always surrounded by wide views of the western Asturian landscape. sometimes overwhelming due to its size and appearance.

The Hospital Road has a very long history, with archaeological remains located in its vicinity being frequent, many of them originating from ancient Roman mining operations, such as the short of La Freita, with a spectacular view from the Jacobean path.

Along the route of the Hospitals one passes by the remains of the old establishments of assistance and aid to the pilgrim, from medieval times. Thus, the ruins of the Paradiella hospital, the Valparaíso hospital (at the foot of the Santiellos high and the Cimero peak), the Fonfaraón hospital (currently a cattle hut, located on the line of peaks of the Sierra de Fonfaraón, at the foot of the Alto del Hospital, on the dividing line between the municipalities of Tinéu and Allande) and those of the Hospital de la Freita (near the El Estreitín pass, close to the great Roman-era mining dam of La Freita).

Stage locations

Stage description

The stage begins next to the church of Santa María de Bourres. Back on the AS-14 road, continue to the right, for a little more than 70 meters, passing a row of houses and just after, take a detour to the left, ascending a concrete track between livestock buildings and some living place.

After a curved route of about 120 meters, and having left the last buildings of Bourres behind, continue straight ahead along a narrow path of concrete first, then earth and stone, between stone walls at the beginning, which runs between trees and meadows, allowing to contemplate, on the left, a good view of the whole town of Bourres

We continue straight on, leaving an isolated house on the left, and a little further on a detour to the right, passing through pine trees and meadows, to arrive, just over a kilometer after leaving Bourres behind, at a fork in the roads. Head on towards Pola de Allande, the route described in the Tinéu-Pola de Allande stage of this publication, continuing on this occasion to the right, along the historic Los Hospitales route.

Continue along a dirt track, which runs between meadows (with names such as La Solana or Prau Cimeiru), scrub areas and others with more presence of pine trees, being flanked in a small section by a stone wall on the left. Always continue to the left, without taking any of the two possible detours to the right that will be found in a route of just over 900 meters that ends at the confluence, in the place known as Los Pascones, with the track on a road local, along whose shoulder you continue to the right for about 100 meters until, at a curve, you take a detour to the left along a gravel track.

This track leads, after 350 meters, to the town of La Mortera, becoming, upon reaching the first houses, a paved track. You pass a first group of houses, in the La Cruz neighborhood, and at a crossroads you turn right, reaching an open space dominated by the San Pascual chapel.

Continue next to the chapel, flanking its side by the local road ??, along which you circulate for about 40 meters until, at the first fork in the road that appears, you take the one on the left, ascending by an asphalt track , which after a sharp turn to the left leads to a farmhouse on the right, passing shortly after the path that runs along a gravel track, flanked at first by stone walls and which soon enters the pine forest of La Mortera. It continues on a steep ascent slope, between trees, bushes and meadows.

A little more than 600 meters after starting the track, continue to the left at a fork in the road, in the area called La Rozá, along a track whose surface progressively becomes dirt, reaching a gate after another half kilometer , which is crossed, in a sharp curve to the left. Continue along a track flanked by bushes on both sides, for another 130 meters, until you reach a fountain-washhouse, located on a curve, and must continue at this point to the left, along a track flanked by plot closures made on the basis of of wooden and wire stakes, with pine plantations on both sides of the road.

You continue along this track that borders the Picón peak for about a kilometer and a half, gradually giving way through the pines to wide meadows and scrub areas, with splendid views to the left to the valleys of La Chanadona and El Penedón, and to the El Cuetu peak, and always on an ascent that runs up the slope of Cabornu peak. After that distance, the track on which you have been circulating joins another that comes from the left, both continuing to the right, through an already mountainous area, in which the track is stony.

The Way runs through an environment of low scrub and ¿?, Crossing a large firebreak that comes from the top of Cabornu, reaching, after just over 900 meters, the ruins of the first of the hospitals that gave name to this historic road, the de Paradiella, which is on the left hand side of the route, at the foot of Tableiros peak.

After passing by the old Paradiella hospital, you continue straight ahead, through a meadow that gives way to a steep ascent up one side of the mountain ¿? After about a kilometer of steep ascent along a narrow dirt track, between bushes, you arrive at Campa la Braña, a flat area, with abundant pine trees ??, having to continue straight ahead, along a path barely drawn on the ground, to then start a new steep ascent to L’Hospital peak, to arrive, after another kilometer, to the ruins of the Fonfaraón hospital, past the boundary between the councils of Tinéu and Allande.

Leaving behind the ruins of the hospital, we continue along a partly paved path, boxed in between walls and the bedrock for a few meters, passing shortly after next to an old laundry, on the left, and immediately starting a new ascent, to save halfway up Mount Cimeiru, along a well-defined track, made of earth and stone, that runs through bushes and that after approximately one kilometer reaches a fork in the road, where you must continue along the one on the left, descending towards the ruins of the Valparaíso hospital, which you will reach just half a kilometer later.

Once you have passed Valparaíso, you continue along the path, ascending, fording Alto Santiechus, and arriving after a kilometer at a flat area with a lagoon, on the La Marta pass, after which you continue to the left, along a narrow path that leads to another stop, La Marta. After crossing this point, it flattens out for a few meters, and finally, after about 700 meters of travel after the lagoon, turn left to reach, in a rapid descent, to link with the AS-364 road in the port of La Marta, at 1,105 m altitude.

Continue along the local road, to the right, for about 80 meters, along a dirt path separated from the road that, at the next curve, deviates from it to continue to the left, along a stony path, with a strong ascent Initially, to later save the La Casilla peak, then continuing straight on along a path without a box, between low grass and some isolated pine trees. After approximately 900 meters, you will come to a fork in the road, continuing along the one on the left, which soon leads to the vicinity of the impressive Roman short of La Freita, on the right.

After passing La Freita, and the remains of the hospital of the same name, continue straight ahead, along a path that is partly stony and then dirt, which, bordering the Palo peak, runs between pastures and some isolated tree, and that after kilometer and After passing a small pond on the right, it reaches the Puerto del Palo, the point where it joins the route coming from Pola de Allande, both continuing to the right, before reaching the road, next to an electric turret, starting the steep descent towards the town of Montefurado, described in the Pola de Allande-Berducedo stage of this publication.

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