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Alternative from Borrenes to As Médulas— 2019 guide

A few months back, @amancio suggested an alternative from Borrenes up to As Médulas. Here is what I propose for the guide. Any comments from those who have done it or questions from those who find what I’ve written to be confusing?

Alternative route from Borrenes to As Médulas. This off-road route takes you straight to the iconic Orellán lookout (Mirador de Orellán), the spot of the best views of As Médulas. You will also pass the galleries (open for visits), the ancient tunnels that pushed the water through at increasing speeds so it would blow up the hills and disgorge the gold. From there you can either go down to the village of As Médulas, or bypass the village entirely by carrying on to Puente Domingo Flórez. The alternative is about 11 km with a total of 475 m elevation gain. GPS tracks are here: https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-senderismo/borrenes-las-medulas-camino-de-invierno-26377291

Saturno and Soledad in the Centro de Turismo Rural Cornatel can give you plenty of information.

Amancio, the forum member who suggested this alternative, offers the following pros and con of the alterative.

1. You can see As Méduias BEFORE arriving at the village, leaving the post-walking time for relaxation, visiting the museum, etc, rather than another hike up to Orellán.
2. Mileage is roughly the same for the two alternatives.
3. The route is pretty and varied.
4. Marking is good. Most of the route has yellow arrows. Follow a trail to the village of Orellán, then take Senda de los Conventos and then Senda de las Valiñas, plenty of marking.
5. The Mirador de Orellán is the most iconic place in As Médulas.

1. More elevation gain. The alternative has 35 km and 1100 m climb (this would make it roughly equivalent to the SJPP-Roncesvalles stage). The official route is about 31 km and 850m of elevation. But note that the official route does not take you to the Mirador de Orellán, which will add some more elevation later in the day anyway. If you want to take this alternative, but it’s too much for one day, consider spending the night in Borrenes. The next day, continue to Puente Domingo Flórez, which would be a total of about 19 km.
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I guess this was the route marked off the road some km before going into As Medulas that I should have taken. It was clearly marked on the left side of the road going up the hill. Walking up there I would have seen the roman sites instead of walking through a morningdead town. ¡ Perhaps next time¡🤔

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