The English Way from Ferrol, 7 days/6 nights

Self-guided itinerary to apply for your “Compostela” certificate. A 70-mile journey from Ferrol (118 km)

525.00 €

The English Route of the Way of Saint James or Camino Inglés was the most popular with seafaring pilgrims from the north of Europe, who over the ages sailed to the northern coast of Galicia from Scandinavia, Flanders, England, Scotland and Ireland and made their way to destinations such as Ribadeo, Viveiro, or to Ferrol and Corunna and it is these last two coastal enclaves that constitute the starting points of the two possible itineraries that make up the Way’s English Route. The 70-mile journey from Ferrol (118 km) is the minimum distance required to apply for your “Compostela” certificate.


- ITINERARY -

1st day: ARRIVAL IN FERROL
2nd day: FERROL-PONTEDEUME (31 km -7 h – difficulty 2/3)
3rd day: PONTEDEUME-BETANZOS (21 km – 4h1– difficulty 1/3)
4th day: BETANZOS-HOSPITAL DE BRUMAS(24 km – 6h– difficulty 3/3)
5th day: HOSPITAL DE BRUMAS-MARANTES (SIGÜEIRO) (26 km – 5h15– difficulty 1/3)
6th day: MARANTES (SIGÜEIRO)-SANTIAGO (12 km – 4h– difficulty 1/3)
7th day: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

 

The Price Includes:
- 6 nights in handpicked hotels and inns, all with en-suite accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis.
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (1 x max. 20kg bag per person)
- Travel insurance
- Credencial (Pilgrim's passport)
- Tips and maps
- 24/7 telephone assistance (English-speaking)

The Price does not include:
- Lunches
- Single room supplement: € 260
- Dinners supplement:€ 170

PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE ROOM

 

DAILY DEPARTURES

 


DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY



1st day: ARRIVAL IN FERROL
Fill in your pilgrim’s passport and get ready to start the Way, without forgetting to visit this small town before you leave. Ferrol is full of history, with an abundance of prehistoric remains, and has been a naval stronghold in various wars. The architecture reflects this depth of history and the city centre is a delight to wander around. Add its excellent seafood and friendly locals and you have one of Spain’s hidden gems.

2nd day: FERROL-PONTEDEUME (31 km -7 h – difficulty 2/3)
The first stage of the Way is reasonably flat, so don't be put off by the 31km distance. On leaving the city of Ferrol, you will go past the 8th century monastery of San Martino de Xubio. You will then experience some clifftop walking with views over some beautiful beaches before arriving in Pontedeume.
You can use a transfer to miss out the first 8km stage out of Ferrol. This transfer is free of charge if you are using the luggage transfer service.

3rd day: PONTEDEUME-BETANZOS (21 km – 4h1– difficulty 1/3)
The route rises up out of Pontedeume, giving you a spectacular view back over Ferrol. The route then follows the wild Galician coast on the part of the route which is shared with the Royal Route or Camino Real. You will eventually come to the broad estuary of the Lambre River which offers great views over the Rias de Betanzos and the surrounding wetlands. Your overnight stop in Betanzos has some of the most interesting architecture in Galicia.

4th day: BETANZOS-HOSPITAL DE BRUMAS(24 km – 6h– difficulty 3/3)
The coast is now left behind and walkers head inland across farm land. Most of the day is spent walking uphill. You can use a transfer to miss out some kilometresat the end of the stage to reach your accommodation (7 km off)

5th day: HOSPITAL DE BRUMAS-MARANTES (SIGÜEIRO) (26 km – 5h15– difficulty 1/3)
 Today’s walk takes in some of the greenest landscapes in Spain, though be warned, these landscapes are so green because it rains a lot outside of the summer months, so rainwear is recommended. Your walk down into the delightful town of Marantes brings the penultimate stage of the Camino Inglés to an end.

6th day: MARANTES (SIGÜEIRO)-SANTIAGO (12 km – 4h– difficulty 1/3)
Your first port of call on leaving Marantes will be the town of Siguero. From here you will cross the river into the municipality of Santiago. You will soon reach Meixonfrio, an old pilgrim resting point, before reaching the pre-Roman hill fort, where pilgrims traditionally leave a pebble. This makes for a fitting gesture before you continue on to the glorious city of Santiago where your walk will come to an end in the shadow of the grand Cathedral.

7th day: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
If you plan to go to the daily pilgrim mass in the Cathedral at 12 o’clock, we suggest you go early (at least 45 minutes beforehand). In any case, your arrival will be a triumphant one: standing in front of the huge Cathedral in Santiago, admiring its mythical Romanesque portal (Portico de la Gloria) and touching the image of Saint James on the main altar is an experience you will never forget. Later, you can go to the Pilgrims Office to pick up your “Compostela”, the official document that certifies you as a pilgrim who has completed the Way of Saint James.



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