Walk the Camino Ingles from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela
Following in the footstep of the “seafaring pilgrims of the North of Europe”.
This walking holiday explores the Camino Ingles / English Way, following the iconic Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the famous Way of Saint James.
Traditionally, English and Irish pilgrims arrived by sea at Ferrol. The English way starts following the rugged hilly coastline, then moves inland to the lush, wooded countryside. Passing through the medieval village of Betanzos is like travelling back in time with its hill-perched market place. It is quieter than other routes so far those who are trying to get away from the more popular French Way, the English Way presents a great alternative to reach Santiago and get your pilgrim certificate within a week.
Ferrol – Start of your journey
You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town of Ferrol. The rooms are en-suite.
Ferrol to Pontedeume (30km,7h30)
The English Way begins at the docks of Curuxeiras, in the neighbourhood that has sprung up on the site of the 9th Century medieval port. Leaving the town behind, the Camino follows the coast passing the monastery of San Martino de Xubio (founded in the 8th Century). The Camino continues on until it merges with the Way of O Salto, and later, the “Camino Real” (Royal Way), on the banks of the Eume estuary. The beach of A Magdalena is a prime spot to relax.
NOTE: If you wish to take your time, we can split this walking day in 2 (18km & 12km), staying overnight in the bustling town of Neda. Here you will stay in a good 2* hotel in the centre of the town in B&B.
Pontedeume to Betanzos (20km,5h)
After leaving Pontedeume, the Camino rises to an elevation offering sweeping views of Betanzos, Ares and Ferrol. After crossing the single-arched medieval bridge over the Baxoi river, the Camino leads to Mino by way of the Camino Real once again. Following the shoreline,which is an ever-present feature along the early stretches of the English Way, we reach the wide estuary of the Lambre River. This stretch offers lovely views of the Rias de Betanzos and its marshlands.
Betanzos to Bruma-Meson do Vento (29km,7h)
After leaving the city behind, the Camino Ingles reaches the old bridge of As Casca, spanning the Mendo River. It then passes the villages of Matino and Boucello. Coming to the abandoned hermitage of San Paio, the Camino traverses farmlands until it comes to Bruma, the site of a medieval hospital.
Bruma-Meson do Vento to Sigueiro (29km,7h30)
From the chapel of Bruma, the Camino leads to the lush municipality of Ordes. A tree-lined path brings the pilgrim to the church of San Xiao and the village of Casanova. Passing by meadows your final half of today is through a forest.
Note: There is an option to actually stop in Sigueiro rather than continuing onto our accommodation outside of Sigueiro. This will reduce this days walking to 23.8km and make the walk to Santiago 20.8km.
Sigueiro to Santiago de Compostela (12km,3h)
After crossing the Sigueiro Bridge over the Tambre river, we continue into the municipality of Santiago. The Way continues along the river and leads to the “Fonte do Ingles” (The English Fountain). The way soon reaches Meixonfrio, site of an old inn where pilgrims and travellers would stop and rest. After passing a pre-Roman hill-fort, where, according to the tradition each passing pilgrim would lay a stone on the already exiting pile, the Camino enters Santiago to reach its imposing cathedral.
Santiago de Compostela, End of the Camino
After breakfast we bid you farewell.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
- Visit Ferol and a Coruna
- Try a day tour to Fisterra and Muxia
- Visit Santiago and it’s Cathedral with a Guide
To Ferrol and from Santiago de Compostela: Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).
Second option to Ferrol: Acoruna airport with Vueling.
It is best to fy to Santiago de Compostela or La Coruna
Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair fly from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands and Liverpool. AerLingus operates from Dublin.
Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are from internal Spanish destinations. Iberia and offer the best selection of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela from: Frankfurt, Paris and Rome and Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.
Alternatively fly to Oviedo with easyJet, or Iberia.
To start your walking holiday: Ferrol
From Santiago de Compostela: by bus 1hr30, several a day.
From La Coruna: by bus 40min, several a day.
From Oviedo: FEVE trains run from Oviedo to Ferrol, via Pravia, Ribadeo and Ortigueira: Dep. Oviedo 0747, Arr. Ferrol 1409 & Dep. Oviedo 1447, Arr. Ferrol 2109, see www.feve.es
Back home from Santiago
Bus to La Coruna (1h20), several a day.
Shuttle bus to Santiago airport (20mins), several a day.
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