He knows no fear!

My trip to Northern Spain in 2011 – part 2

The next walk on our trip to the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain was to the Lakes of Covadonga. They are two lakes at an altitude of 1134 metres above sea level in the Picos de Europa National Park.

The two lakes are are Lake Enol and Lake Ercina and was the original center of the Picos de Europa National Park back in 1918.

Auntie was driving us to the visitors centre at the lakes. The road that leads to the lakes starts at Covadonga and is 12.6 kilometres long at an average gradient of 7.3%. The most demanding section is La Huesera, 7 kilometres from the top of the climb, with an average gradient of 15%. It was a hair raising drive up to the lakes. At times I had to get out and push the car – I am only 30 cms tall! It was scary.

We eventually got to the car park and admired the mountain peaks.

I was impressed at the snow top mountain peaks.

Near the car park lie the Mines of Buferrera, some five minutes walk from the lakes. We made a small circuit walk in this abandoned mining area, which used to produce iron and magnesium. It operated between the years 1893 and 1932.

These mines are five minutes from the lakes.

We decided to do a circular walk over the grassy grazing grounds of the lakes by foot.

I was enjoying the views.

The snow top peaks are of the western massif of Picos de Europa range.

Lake Ercina with it grazing grounds for herds of cattle.

Swimming was not allowed in the lakes.

It was a lovely sunny day.

I kept my eye out for any hungry cuddly toy eating Wolves.

The views were great.

A little hill was halfway between the two lakes and we were able to look down on to the lakes.

Lake Enol surrounded by high mountain tops.

It was well into the thirties here and I was glad I had put on my suncream over my cotton fur.

The mountains had a perfect reflection in Lake Enol.

Going beyond the lakes we came across a remote chapel.

This little chapel was amongst the snow top mountain tops.

Not sure why this was built here.

Rural Spain is so beautiful.

After the trek, we headed back down to Covadonga for blue cheese sauce chips.

To be continued….

For more information about the Lakes of Covadonga please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakes_of_Covadonga

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