"ANAYO" Anayo by AsturArcadia

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Situated 456 m above sea level, on the watershed ridge between the Borines river and the Río de la Ría (which, as its name suggests, descends to the broad Ría de Villaviciosa), Anayo is in a priviledged location, and the church is a landmark visible from a great distance. There is a bar, which also serves meals. The best views, however, are those from the nearby 653 m summit crowned by a red and white radio-TV mast. To reach this, follow the lane through Robledo, and then one of the trackways on the left out onto the open moorland above the woods - in all, about 2 km. To the south the Cordillera Cantábrica; to the north, beyond the rolling patchwork quilt of fields and copses, the sea, some 12 km distant.

Even on a very chilly morning in early October 2008 the panorama to the south was quite dramatic, thanks to the 'fallen cloud' in the defile followed by the Piloña river (and the N-634 main road and Santander to Oviedo railway) en route to Infiesto (left background). The lane from Anayo to Torazu sticks to the watershed ridge for much of the way, passing through a string of hamlets en route. Ideal for walking as well as driving - I would reckon it is used by about one car every twenty minutes!

Looking the other way - from Moñío north to Anayo - expand the photo and you should be able to see the church. Visible in the middle distance is one of the 'barrios' of Borines. The 577 m conical hill on the far left is NOT an extinct volcano. However, when first exploring this district one winter afternoon in the late 1980s, I managed to photograph it soon after a farmer had lit a grass fire just behind the summit. The result was very interesting (and deceptive) indeed . . . unfortunately I only have that photo as a transparency.

  • Last visit to Anayo: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Nov 3, 2008
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