What is the Camino Ingles or English Way? posted: 2014-06-23 06:28:00
The Camino Ingles or English Way is a very beautiful route along the Camino de Santiago;
crossing a natural reserve. This is a great alternative to the best seller, the French Way which is the last 100km from Sarria to Santiago.
The Camino Ingles stretches from Ferrol to Santiago and can also be called the "seafaring pilgrims of the Northern of Europe" Way. This is because as many pilgrims walking the Camino through the ages were sailing to the northern coast of Galicia from Scandinavia, Flanders, England, Scotland and Ireland. They made their way to destinations such as Ribadeo, Viveiro, Ferrol and A Coruna. The latter two coastal enclaves, Ferrol and A Coruna, are the starting points of the two alternate itineraries that make up the Camino Ingles. The A Coruna-Santiago route covers a distance of 74km, while the stretch linking Ferrol-Santiago is 118km long.
Therefore, at Follow the Camino, we encourage pilgrims to walk the Ferrol to Santiago route so that you can be eligible for your Compostela or pilgrimage certificate.
Ferrol is a charming harbour town with its famous Lighthouse, dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. Nowadays, it is the 5th largest settlement in Galicia but holds tightly on to its' root as a fishing port since the time of the Romans. Ferrol was also used as a harbour for the Spanish Armada. So is a perfect and historical starting point for a pilgrimage in to Santiago de Compostela.
Other quaint little towns to be appreciated and enjoyed along the Camino Ingles are Pontedeume, Betanzos, Bruma-Meson do Vento, Meson do Vento to Sigueiro and Sigueiro all before arriving at the jewel in the crown, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
The English Way or Camino Ingles is known as one of most scenic of all the routes or ways along the Camino de Santiago so although may be less traveled than The French Way is certainly not to be underestimated by those who have yet to experience the charms of the Camino and should definitely be considered by any veterans seeking a new challenge.
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