PICOS PEAKS & GORGES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Standing on the peak of Macondiu and slowly taking in the astounding 360 degree panorama of the Picos ranges. Taking a well earned lunch break on a high sunny meadow and hearing nothing but the sound of cow bells. Taking off my hot sweaty boots and feeling the lovely refreshing icy cold water on my feet as we picked our way across a faster than usual flowing river.

What did you think of your group leader?

Victor - an absolute gem. Fantastic local knowledge personalised through his family connections.  Excellent communication skills. Sensitive to the needs and varied abilities of the group.  Hot on health and safety without belabouring it.  I had complete confidence in him.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Be prepared for some challenging but rewarding walking.  Check the dates on the trip notes as some weeks are upgraded from 'moderate' to 'challenging'.  I didn't and got a bit more than I bargained for, but I'm told that even the 'moderate' rated weeks are still quite tough if you're not at your fittest and/or used to long, often steep uphill walks.  The clue's in the name, really "Peaks and Gorges"!