The Walking Route

STAGE 1 GIJON – SALE OF PUGA

This stage until reaching the place of La Cruciada, in the parish of Cenero, is an alternative stretch to the historical route since the original route disappeared when the factory of ENSIDESA, present ARCELOR MITTAL. The construction of this factory complex led to the disappearance of the population centres of Somonte and Fresno. In addition, the subsequent construction of the A-8 motorway, desected the continuity of the original road.

If you want to start the itinerary directly on the historical stretch you can either take the Feve railway line towards Laviana and take the Sotiello station (train timetables) or take the municipal bus, Line 14 (bus time) to the Abbey of Cenero

In Gijón the itinerary runs through the parishes of Jove, La Calzada, Tremañes, Porceyo and Cenero with northeast-southwest direction.

From the city of Gijón you can choose to start the tour from the Archaeological-Natural Park of La Campa Torres or from the Roman Baths of Campo Valdéshasta converge in the rotunda of Fatima.

Option A:

Archaeological-Natural Park of La Campa Torres – Rotonda de Fátima.

From the Archaeological-Natural Park, where the castro de la Campa Torres is located, take the road of the Campa de Torres in a south direction for 4 km until its confluence with the avilés road (AS-19), where the route turns east to take the avilés road, and continue along the avenue of Argentina until reaching the roundabout of Fá where it converges with the B of the itinerary.

Option B:

Museum of the Roman Baths of Campo Valdés – Rotunda of Fatima.

Leaving from the Museum of the Baths in an east direction and after crossing the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, you take the promenade (Rodríguez Sampedro street), in the vicinity of this place is the Barjola Museum. Leaving behind the street of Rodríguez Sampedro you reach the square of Padre Máximo González, and take Mariano Pola street, continue along the avenues of Galicia and La Argentina until you reach the Rotunda of Fátima.

From the rotunda of Fatima

The itinerary runs along Simón Bolívar street in a southerly direction until you reach Juan Carlos I Avenue. From this point, about 200 m must be advanced in an east direction, to reach the Javier Esteban Infantes underpass. After crossing this passageway you reach the road of the Melon and following in the west direction you reach the street Aida Lafuente that leads us to the avenue of Los Campones. After taking this avenue in the south-west direction you reach the fork between Avenida de Lloreda and Manuel Sirgo Avenue, taking the avenue of Lloreda and leaving on the right the Bankunion polygon you reach the detour with Virginia González street. This street is taken that leads to a roundabout and passing it you have to deviate in the southeast direction, on the avenue Economía Social until the first detour to the South heading the route by The street María Echarri in the south direction. Once the street is finished, we continue along the Camín de Lloreda to picota. And 100 m taking the Camín de La Lloreda in the east direction you reach the overpass on the highway through the Barrio Lloreda Urbano that leads to the Road of Sotiello. Continuing along this road in a west direction until reaching the confluence of the Polígono Somonte 2 road, the itinerary takes this road in a southerly direction. At the end of this road and after passing under the train tracks, it flows into the GI-4 in a south direction (ATTENTION: this area until reaching the Abbey of Cenero, is VERY DANGEROUS).

We continue along this local road for 4 km until the detour with the Trubia road where the itinerary makes a turn to the west. Along this road, you pass through the village of Sotiello. Once on the road of Trubia just 100 m, we find the Abbey of Cenero. From the Abbey we continue along the same reel until we reach La Cruciada where the road takes southwest direction and heads to the detour of the Camín del Torrexón. From La Cruciada the route of the itinerary adapts to the historical route of the road.

Following the Camín del Torrexón you reach the place of Trubia. In this place, it leaves on its margins two towers. The first known as the Alvarez of Asturias, it is a stately tower of the sixteenth to seventeenth centuries. Opposite, to the Northwest, and separated by the road, is the chapel of Our Lady of the O, whose feast is celebrated on August 2, and which some authors date back to the fifteenth century. The second and oldest towers, from the low-medieval period possibly between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, is the so-called Torrexón or Turroxón,which belonged to the family of the Valdés.

In Trubia the road received in the sixteenth century the name of Camino Real that connected Gijón with Oviedo. From this town a secondary branch is desisted to Beloño, where in the second half of the twentieth century the remains of a medieval necropolis in the well-known Cuesta de San Sebastiánwere discovered, just 300 m from the main road. About 150 m from this branch in an east direction and settled on a hill, is the Roman village of Murias de Beloño, excavated in the fifties by Francisco Jordá Cerdá. This site began its activity in the 1st century BC, extending its occupation until the 4th century BC.

From the Torrexón de Los Valdés, the road continues along the road of Veranes, describing a sueva zigageo until reaching Veranes de Abajo. From Veranes de Abajo to Picún, the route runs along the veranes cordal rope, skirting its eastern slope to meet the successive colados of the mountains. In its advance towards this last population center, it leaves its see the hamlets of Veranes de Arriba. At this point, about 300 m a bird’s flight, is located the archaeological site of the Roman village of Veranes where the Villa Museum is located.

We continue towards Veranes de Arriba by the Veranes road for two kilometers, to continue along the Batiao road in a southwesterly direction in the Picún neighborhood and advance along the Picún camín and join the SERVICE road of the AS-II in a south direction (Oviedo) to the Sale of Puga where the highway crosses a walkway and continues the itinerary in its second stage.