Camino Ingles – Everything you need to know

I’ve been thinking of this route for quite a while now and the more I think of it, the more I can see myself booking flights and slinging on my backpack for a return to Spain.

Chapter 1. Verse 1. in Camino de Santiago Addiction.

It won’t go away I’m afraid. Hmm.

So what is the Camino Ingles?

Well, it is a much shorter route than the well established and well structured Camino Frances and weighs in at 110km. It starts at Ferrol and ends in Santiago. It is perfect for those who don’t have the time to walk a full Camino (ahem..me!) and also would like a compostela at the end of it. The Ingles is very different to the Frances as there is a certain degree of planning that you need to make before you leave. There aren’t as many albergues; you don’t pass as many towns; there aren’t as many bars for refreshments, so all these things need to be taken into account before you start out each day. Before starting my last Camino from Belorado, I had no idea where I was going to end my first day, however, I, more or less, know where I will stop for the entire Camino Ingles at this stage. So here goes nothing….

Day 1 – Dublin to Santiago – Bus to Ferrol.
Day 2 – Ferrol – Pontedeume – 19km – Albergue de peregrinos de Pontedeume
Day 3 – Pontedeume – Betanzos – 20km – Albergue de peregrinos de Betanzos
Day 4 – Betanzos – Bruma – 27km – ??
Day 5 – Bruma – Siguiera – 24km – ??
Day 6 – Siguiera – Santiago – 17km – ??
Day 7 – Finistere Day 1
Day 8 – Finistere Day 2
Day 9 – Finistere Day 3
Day 10 – Return to Santiago
Day 11 – Santiago to Dublin

Oh, as you might see, I would like to include the Camino Finistere as I haven’t walked this section before. So Santiago won’t be the end of this Camino for me (insert happy smiley face!!). I have no idea on dates just yet..it could be May, it could be September, it may well be in 2017, all I know is this will be my next Camino!

So what do you need to know about the Camino Ingles (English Way)?

The Camino Inglés or English Way was taken by pilgrims coming from Northern Europe. Ferrol used to be a very important trading route. This Way has two starting points: A Coruña and Ferrol. A Coruna is a larger town to Ferrol but is situated less than 100km from Santiago, so if you walk from there, you would not be entitled to a compostela.

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On the first few days, you pass through the coastal towns of Pontedeume and Betanzos, which will be a culture shock to those who have only walked the Camino Frances. The second part of the walk heads inland, and takes the pilgrim across rural landscapes of Galicia heading South towards Santiago de Compostela. All in all, the walk takes 5 days at the most, but you can walk it in 4 at a stretch.

Where can you get details on accommodation?

Full details can be found on www.gronze.com. Also, make sure you purchase Johnnie Walker’s printed guide from the CSJ site.

Any internet sources?

There is plenty of information online and plenty of previous pilgrims who have walked this route. I would encourage you to look at the below sites if you are considering walking this route.

What is the terrain like?

This is Galicia. It will be tricky and there are many ascents and descents to consider. However, the Camino Inglés is very well waymarked and you do not need a detailed map to make your way to Santiago. If you have good training behind you, and can carry a backpack, you will do fine. Maps of sections of the route are provided in the guide above. Mundicamino.com provide great profiles of each stage.

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Anyway, that’s all for now. More news on the Ingles will be posted soon.

7 thoughts on “Camino Ingles – Everything you need to know

  1. Planning the Ingles myself early next year, got the dates and tickets but will see how training goes before we decide if we’re starting from Ferrol or Coruña. I walked it in 2009 but apparently it has changed a lot since so I am looking forward to going back!

      • The main change is that there are more places to sleep which makes it easier to cut some of the long stages. The Johnnie Walker CSJ guide seems very thorough but there is a notice on the forum that there will be a route change in 2016, making the stage to Bruma easier and sadly bypassing the Bar Julia which has been something of an Ingles institution for years. I’m sure JW will keep an eye on it and publish an amendment as soon as possible, and the reroute will also be signposted and probably impossible to miss. I am keeping an eye on the Ingles part of the forum for now.

      • Yes, I noticed that. No more Bar Julia. A lot of former peregrinos seemed to like her place. I’m a little worried of the Betanzos – Bruma stage which is 27km, but over 30km taking the climbs into account. So I will be taking looking for any other variants if there are any.

  2. We will be cutting that in half as we are looking to stay at 15-20 kms a day where possible, which is easier on the CF than the CI … Will go through the CSJ guide and see what can be done nearer the time, when we know when the reroute will take place. Probably after we have walked.

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