• Spain NW Picos de Europa, Monfechu, Lovely high ridge, Walkopedia
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  • Spain NW Picos de Europa, Monfechu, SW from early ridge, Walkopedia
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Key information: Monfechu

  • A really gorgeous climb up a long ridge to a cluster of high pastures and hamlets. Huge views.
  • Climb on to the rocky summit of nearby Monfechu.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating88.5
  • Beauty31.5
  • Natural interest14
  • Human interest12
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating88.5

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 3hr/5hr
  • Maximum Altitude: 894m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
Monfechu: SW from early ridge - © William Mackesy


One of the delights of the Picos is that you can pick a promising-looking walk on the map and will almost certainly not be disappointed. This walk was chosen thus, when Walkopedia's attempt to get to the Lagos de Ercina failed in high summer. It turned out to be the more rewarding, despite the fame of the latter.

This walk follows a paved but little-used mountain track westwards from the high and delightful Cangas to Nueva Road. Climb through steep little meadows then out onto steep, empty hillsides, snaking around below the top of a long ridge, with huge views all the way, to the steadings and high vegas, little meadows between tough limestone outcrops and ridges, below the high ridge of 894m Monfechu.

Labour up the steep climb to the rocky Monfechu summit for vast 360 degree views across the fecund foothills to the crazed drama of the high Picos and the Atlantic to the north. 1.5hrs to get to the vegas, 2.5 to the summit.

See our Picos de Europa page for general information.

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Monfechu: Mofechu from high pastures - © William Mackesy

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Monfechu: SE from above start - © William Mackesy

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Monfechu: East from lovely high ridge - © William Mackesy...

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