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Level Two Walks

Our Level 2 walking holidays are moderate to challenging and can involve 6 to 8 hour days of walking over technical, steep ground, possibly scrambling over trackless terrain, bagging peaks and maybe moving to the edge of your comfort zone. A good head for heights is required for some of these walks.

The walks combine ridges and peaks and are among the best walking to be found in Europe.High in the Picos

High in the Central Massif we can summit peaks over 2,500m including the highest peak in Cantabria, Peña Vieja at 2,613m, and Pico Tesorero at 2,570m, the meeting point for the three provinces which share the Picos de Europa; Castile-León, Asturias and Cantabria.



Scrambling in the Picos

In summer, during high-pressure weather, there's often an inversion of clouds hanging first thing in the valley that can, to the unintitiated, appear to be a bad day for venturing into the mountains. Your guide, however, has other plans, leading you into the higher atmosphere of the secret blue above.

In spring and early summer the birds will be busy with their breeding season and in autumn we'll be more than likely to hear, if not witness, the rut of the Red deer.

If you'd like to bag a peak or two you'll need to use your hands and scramble to reach the summit where the views of the sea in the distance make the effort worthwhile.

Alpine plants provide colour relief from the dazzling grey limestone while mixed flocks of Alpine and Common choughs frolic in the air around you.



Climbing above a cloud inversionTrumpet gentians



Peña Prieta in summer



Away from the Picos limestone, to its south, the terrain in the Cantabrian mountain range is more rolling moorland and a mix of sedimentary rock; granite, sandstone, shale and limestone. The highest peak here is Peña Prieta, rising to 2,539m, also accessible along with other mountains such as Coriscao, 2,234m, with its spectacular views.





Our Level 2 guided mountain walking holidays are centred around the Central and Eastern massifs of the Picos de Europa, the valleys of Liébana and the Cantabrian mountains of northern Spain.

As with Level 1 Walks, the price of €675 pp. includes;

  • 6 full days of guided walking and scrambling with packed lunches
  • 7 nights full-board accommodation, including hearty 3-course dinners with drinks, in a comfortable, family-run guesthouse
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Free airport transfers from Santander.

The only things our price doesn't include are snacks and drinks in bars or cable car tickets (@10€ pp. one way).

See dates and availability here.

Group discounts!

To find out more, just send us an email or call or text 0034 660551307

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