O Pindo and the Xallas Gorge

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From the Galician seaside resort village of O Pindo, in the shadow of the rugged Monte Pindo - its highest point A Moa at 627m - the route encircles a headland with views to Fisterra, in ancient times believed to be the edge of the world. It then takes the coast road to reach the estuary of the Rio Xallas and steeply ascends a mountain road to a viewpoint over estuary and coast and across to the peaks of the Monte Pindo massif. The route continues to a hydroelectric dam. Return is made from below the dam, initially 'boulder-hopping' along the riverbed and then taking a handrailed path cut into the side of the spectacular Xallas Gorge, descending to Ezaro and back to O Pindo via the higher path.

Spain - North West Spain - A Coruna - Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mountains, River, Sea, Toilets, Woodland
21/02/2011 - martin foster

Did this walk in the summer of 2010. The first half of the walk to the dam and the gorge is as described although following the gorge does require a good deal of boulder hopping at scramble grade. The path becomes difficult to follow and the way is precipitous with the hand rail looking very unsafe. The path did seem to be blocked off by warning tape but at this stage there's no turning back! Walkers do need to be mindful that this is a pretty scary trek and I wouldn't have tackled it with children and wouln't do it again unless the handrail has been made secure. We did see some bathers on the other side of the gorge so there may be an easier way down which isn't so vertigo inducing!