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.
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?
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.
- Confraternity of Saint James – Johnnie Walker’s guide in digital form.
- The Camino Forum – With the largest English speaking interactive pilgrims’ forum. Links to great blogs and many photos.
- For photographs of the route
- Detailed maps of the Camino Ingles
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.
Anyway, that’s all for now. More news on the Ingles will be posted soon.