Camino del Salvador - Stage 1: León to Buiza - 41 km

The Camino del Salvador is 120 km. from León to Oviedo. The refugios are, however, not ideally spaced for walking this in manageable stages, since they are at 41, 74, 97, 111, and 130 km. from Leon. There is other accommodation available along the route, but this again is not ideally located. The second stage from Buiza over the Cordillera mountains to Pajares is 33 km. and we would strongly recommnd starting it from Buiza, since the path is steep and stony, so it is difficult to make good time.
If 41 km. of fairly level walking seems too much, good alternatives are to spend half a day sightseeing in León, and then walk to Cascantes, which has 4 buses a day to and from Leon So it is possible to get a bus back to León that night and then get a bus out again in the early morning to start walking to Buiza. Another alternative is to sleep in one of the many hostals in La Robla (likely to cost around 20 euros)

View from the window of the pension in the Plaza Mayor - all these stands for the twice-weekly market went up in the middle of the night

The Camino starts to the right of San Marcos, following the aptly named Avenida de los Pergrinos. This is the first yellow arrow, some way down the road.

These brown marker posts have been put up recently by a consortium of the local consejos. They are well placed and very useful until you get to the top of the hill beyond Buiza.

A wall marker, also put up by the Cuatro Valles

... and a useful map of where you are going.

The restaurant "El Palacete" just the right distance from León for a first cup of coffee

Good to be on a "camino de tierra" complete with brown marker post

Occasional wooded sections

and some reassuring yellow arrows

Good views over the Benesga valley

An unmarked cross

Very large thermoelectric plant on the outskirts of La Robla (La Union Fenosa)

A small wayside chapel, almost surrounded by the factory

Coat of arms over the doorway

Virgin and child behind the altar

Leaving La Robla before dawn

Ermita de Bun Suceso, just outside Pola de Gordón

First view of La Pola de Gordón

Leaving La Pola de Gordón


First view of Buiza

The refugio at Buiza
Camino del Salvador - Stage 2: Buiza to Pajares refugio- 33 km
This is the most difficult section of the route. The path rises by some 500 metres to 1,450m in a distance of 2 km. The path winds round the workings of a large mine. The steep sections have a surface of loose stones. There are no facilities of any kind until you reach the fountain in Rodiazmo

The route marked on the ground takes you through Rodiazmo, and, if you go straight on, to the N630 at Villanueva de la Tercia. From there, you have the choice of walking 2 km. to your right to stay at the Hostal Golpejar (km 98.2, Villamarin; tel 987 598 904). or turning left up the N630 a distance of 15 km. over the Puerto de Pajares and down to Parajes village with the refugio.

This route is not however marked on the outline map on the AmigosAstur-Leonesa website, which indicates two other routes. The first goes from Buiza to Villasimpliz, which is south of Villamarin and would avoid the climb out of Buiza, but at the cost of more walking on the N630, and missing some very beautiful scenery. The second goes directly across the mountains to Pobladura de la Tercia and on to Arbas, and would be shorter than the routes above, though with a climb up to some 1500 m. This route is probably the camino de tierra going off to the left 20 metres or so before the small hut at the road divide noted below.

The path out of Buiza has the dark brown marker posts and also yellow sings marked Rodiazmo

Las Forcadas de San Antón

Nearly at the summit

The summit at last (Collada del Pedrosillo)

As you descend from the summit the forest road bends sharply to the right, and, immediately behond it, is this undistinguished little building with the last of the brown marker posts just visible on the hillside beyond it

On the bend, there is an unmarked "camino de tierra" goes off to the left. This probably leads to Poladura de la Tercia and then to Arbas - we would appreciate more information.
A safer and more reliable alternative is to proceed on to Rodiazmo and then turn left at the church to follow the metalled road CV-103-3 to Poladura de la Tercia - this might be easier to navigate though not so scenic. There is a casa rural in this village which is said to be very friendly and has a comprehensive website

It is not known whether the section from Poladura de la Tercia to Arbas is waymarked or not. From Google Maps, there appears to be a good track from Villadangos de Arbas which joins the N-630 between Busdongo and Arbas del Puerto (One account of this section says that it is marked with yellow poles indicating a gas supply line, and also that it is quite hard going because of thickets of briar)

The path descends through a small gorge

which the cows seems to find attractive

First view of Rodiezmo

Rodiezmo - no visible waymarks but inhabitants tell you that you can go left to the mountains and Arbas

. . . .or straight on to the carretera

First sight of Villanueva de la Tercia

The carretera N630 in the early dawn. Villanueva is over the river

The medieval bridge acrosss the Rio Bernesga

The N630 has little traffic, though there are heavy trucks. The road has a very wide margin as shown, and only this one short tunnel.

The station at Busdongo - though not much sign that any of ther trains stop here

Sundial on a house in Bosdongo

All the bars in Bosdongo are closed

Entering Arbas

which has a helpful map showing the names of all the places one might been to, given better information!

The old refugio in Arbas

Camino del Salvador - Stage 3: Pajares to Pola de Lena - 22.5 km

Camino del Salvador - Stage 4: Pola de Lena to Oviedo - 33 km

bridge on the way to Ujo


Refugio in La Pena

The last stage