ENGLISH WAY – FERROL TO SANTIAGO 8 DAYS -WALKING TOUR
DAY 1. ARRIVAL BY OWN ACCOUNT AND OVERNIGHT IN FERROL
DAY 2. FERROL – NEDA (14 KM)
As today the Compostelana church delivers the Compostela only to the pilgrims who have completed a mínimum of 100 km to 200 km on foot or bycycle, most pilgrims take as a starting point Ferrol, since A Coruña is less than 100 km from the holy city. To start this beautiful but hard way, keep in mind that often lacks the traditional and vital signs with yellow arrows; curiously, if any, they will create insecurity of knowing which direction to take. Therefore, our most important advice is to follow one’s intuition, always taking south. The first part of the English Way runs through an area with many roads and major facilities related to maritime and military industry. After these preliminary advice, and starting our way near the port of Ferrol das Curuxeiras we headed to the estate of A Gandara, enjoying in our route the military Church of San Francisco, the Arsenal or the Cathedral of San Xian. Walking alongside the Ferrol estuary we find the railway linking Ferrol and Betanzos is exceeded by an underpass. Then we climb to the monastery of San Martino of Xubia, which is one of the oldest in Galicia. We continue our way and after the bridge do Muiño on Xubia river entering Neda.
DAY 3. NEDA – MIÑO (26 KM)
After crossing Neda is our next point Fene, famous for its shipyards. From this village the route climbs through the forest to the edge of the road. Is a stretch that runs parallel to reach Cabanas, where we visit the Church of San Martino do Porto and Magdalena Beach. We will walk quietly
along the waterfront and cross the bridge that leads and leaves us in the beautiful town of Pontedeume. From here we head to Breamo, Buina, Viadero and Bañobre. At this point we cross the medieval bridge over the river Baxoi and after a few minutes we reach the first buildings of Miño. The stage ends at Miño crossing the river Baxoi by a curious medieval bridge with a single eye. Day 4. redondela – Pontevedra (18 km) We will leave Redondela by the chapel of Sorrows and the railway bridge, that will lead us through a wooded area to Setefontes and Arcade to cross the historical Ponte Sampaio on the waters of the river Verdugo. Continue to A Canicouva by a former stone “empredrado”- way towards the city of Pontevedra and the Sanctuary of the Pilgrim, patrón and symbol of the city.
DAY 4. MIÑO – BETANZOS (10 KM)
Regarding the landscape, this is the most interesting part of the way and that pass through a rural, mountainous and lonely territory, dotted with small villages dedicated to livestock. Leaving Miño by the Royal Street and enjoying a wonderful landscape seafront reaching Ponte de Porco and then to the beautiful church of St. Pantaleón of Viñas where we begin a steep and treacherous stretch that takes us to the town of Matacabalos and Souto later. Beyond this small stretch begins the descent towards Betanzos, with spacious panoramic of the estuary and marsh area that allow us to enjoy our way down to the beautiful Betanzos, which will access through a door in the medieval wall, crossing the historical center to plaza Hermanos García, where the Archive of the Kingdom of Galicia is. We can also see the Sanctuary of Ntra. Sra. De Los Remedios along with one of the most beautiful stone crosses of Galicia.
DAY 5. BETANZOS – MESÓN DO VENTO (24 KM)
We will continue our route to the town of Betanzos by the Street O Rolo and the bridge of As Cascas. We will continue our journey through the places of O Coto, Campoeiro and Xanrozo, that goes then to the term of Abegondo. Once there, we will cross the bridge Limiñón; that after a pleasant walk along the river, and always following the front Presedo cross the bridge, where we can visit the Church of San Antonio de Cos. We will continue in the direction of Francos, Bocelo and Vilardel. Once arrived to A Malata, past Monte, Fontela and Vizoño, the route goes into the forest to the point where the two variants of English Road in the municipality of Mesía come together, to finally get to Mesón do Vento.
DAY 6. MESÓN DO VENTO – SANTA CRUZ DE MONTAOS (16 KM)
This last stage known as «The Fisheries Way» to be used by fishermen in the area to transport their goods between the two Villas runs along tracks, woods and small roads, except for the descent to Muxia, held by dirt and stone. We leave Lires and go down to the river Castro, whose gateway except intimes of drought is submerged, so the route has to be diverted to the village of Porcar, who rejoins the original path passing through Frixe with its beautiful church of Santa Leocadia. We continue direction Guisamonde and Morquintián that welcomes us with the cruzeiro, its fointain and the church of Santa Maria. We beggin a climb until the Facho Lourido to later descend to Xurarantes and Lourido beach that after a short stretch of dunes-, leads us to the Muxia bahía. Once recovered, we will continue the tradition that leads us to visit the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Barca and the church of Santa Maria, which occupies the bottom of Mount Corpiño; His sanctuary and finally “the Pedra de Abalar» that recall the legend of the arrival of the Virgin to the coast in a stone boat and its appearance at St. James to cheer in his preaching.
DAY 7. SANTA CRUZ DE MONTAOS – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (24 KM)
We start our last stage direccion Baxoia, which will eventually lead us to Sigüeiro, in the municipality of Oroso. We abandon Sigüeiro, walking down a dirt path that runs parallel to the motorway. He arrive to Sionlla from which we can already see Compostela. crossing the bridge over the river Tambre. The stage runs parallel to the river until Barciela, through the polygon of Tambre direccion Meixonfrío and enters the town of Santiago by the Cruceiro da Coruña. From here, we walk through the most beautiful areas of the city such as Santa Clara, San Roque, Algalia and the Azabachería to meet in front of the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago.
DAY 8. CHECK OUT AND END OF OUR SERVICES
- Accommodation and breakfast in double or single room with bathroom.
- Backpacks transportation for each stage along the way (max. 15 kg per-bag)
- Accommodation along the way: Hotels, Farmhouses, Hostels and Pensions
- P3 to visit Santiago (historical center / self guided)
Does not included
- Support car / Transfer IN / Transfer OUT
- 3rd person discount in extra bed sharing room with 2 adults on request
- Half Board supplement on request
- 6 picnics supplement (sándwich + drink + dessert) 45€
- Transfer Supplement airport Santiago – Ferrol (max 3 pax) * 195€
- Transfer Supplement Ferrol – Santiago airport (max 1 to 3 pax) 160€
- Transfer Supplement Santiago city center – Santiago airport (max 1 to 3 pax) 33€
- Transfer Supplement Santiago city center – Santiago airport (max 4 to 7 pax) 51€
- Private Transfer and/or support car during the way: on request.
* For flight delays or waiting for baggage claim 20 € / Hour