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Fancy yourself as a lone ranger in Asturias?

Unspoilt diversity is the hallmark of Spain's northern mountains, and when the Burch family moved here to convert a derelict farmhouse in 1995, they were determined to celebrate that diversity.

The Posada del Valle hotel's 20 acres include a wildflower meadow and an organic vegetable garden that provides virtually all the produce for the kitchen.

This could all sound rather pious, but actually the marjoram and organic olive oil shampoo in your bathroom feels wonderfully hedonistic. Ditto the organic Rioja at dinner, accompanying beef casseroled in the famous local blue cheese

For an easy day, take a trip down to the coast near Llanes, where karst limestone meets the erosive power of the Atlantic, resulting in fantastically sculpted grottoes and blowholes by the turquoise sea.

Having warmed up, the next day take the walk to the Garganta del Cares, an immense chasm through the heart of the Picos de Europa which would be almost impassable were it not for a trail blasted up the gorge in the 40s for the maintenance of an irrigation canal, and you’ll be just about ready for another helping of beef and blue cheese.

Go with Inntravel on a seven-night Rugged Hills & Coast of Asturias walking discovery holiday, InnTravel. This costs from £435pp based on two sharing, including seven nights' B&B accommodation at the Posada del Valle with two dinners and three picnic lunches and a week's car hire. Easyjet flies from Stansted to Asturias-Oviedo from £60 return.

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