The Camino Ingles and Ruta do Mar
To Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre from Ferrol, A Coruna or Ribadeo
Guidebook to walking the Camino Inglés and Ruta do Mar pilgrim routes in northwest Spain. Describes the 116km Camino Inglés from Ferrol or A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela and the of the 190km Ruta do Mar linking Ribadeo with the Inglés at Ferrol. Includes the 120km Camino Finisterre from Santiago to Finisterre or Muxia.
SeasonsSummer is the best time to fully enjoy the coastal towns, with all services in operation and optimal weather for beaches. Spring and autumn offer good weather without the holiday-makers
CentresRibadeo, Viveiro, Cedeira, Ferrol, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela
DifficultyThe Camino Inglés is highly accessible, even for novice walkers. The Ruta do Mar is more challenging because of limited waymarks, so a gps is advisable here. There are a few stages when accommodation is more limited, so walkers may need to pursue longer stages (at or around 30km). The terrain, however, is manageable for all walkers.
Must SeeCamino Inglés: Three dynamic cities (Ferrol, Coruña, Santiago) combined with idyllic Galician countryside. Ruta do Mar: Beaches (including the famous Praia das Catedrais), cliffs, and wild coastline. Fishing villages and fresh seafood. Local pilgrimage shrines (San Martiño de Mondoñedo and San Andrés de Teixido)
Guidebook to the Camino Inglés and Ruta do Mar camino routes through north-west Spain to Santiago de Compostela. The 116km Camino Inglés begins in Ferrol in Galicia and takes around a week to complete. It offers reliable waymarking, pilgrim facilities, and the opportunity to earn the Compostela certificate on completion. An alternative start in A Coruña gives a walk of 73km. The Ruta do Mar from Ribadeo provides a 190km coastal link between the Camino del Norte and the Camino Inglés. A newly recovered camino, its pilgrim infrastructure and waymarking is less well developed, but for those seeking solitude it offers striking scenery along a wild coastline. The book also includes an overview of a continuation route from Santiago to 'the end of the world' at Finisterre on the Atlantic coast.
The guidebook presents the route in stages of a day's walking. In addition to the route description, there is full information on facilities, food and lodging, 1:100,000 scale maps of the route and town maps for key locations. With notes on preparation and planning, travel and equipment, a list of useful sources of information, and a glossary, the book is an indispensable companion for any one walking these caminos.
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Dave Whitson is a high school History teacher in Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the University of Washington. He made his first pilgrimage in 2002 on the Camino Francés and was inspired to return with a group of his high school students, which he did in 2004. He has made long-distance treks in Norway on the Pilgrim Road to Nidaros, in England on the North Downs Way to Canterbury, and in Turkey on the Lycian Way, all told walking roughly 10,000 kilometers on pilgrim roads in Europe.View author profile
Laura Perazzoli graduated from John Hopkins University with a degree in Writing Seminars and currently lives in Seattle, Washington. She completed her first pilgrimage in 2004 on the Camino Francés as one of the students on Dave Whitson's initial student pilgrimage. After this trip, she was excited to provide others with a similar experience and has since led student pilgrimage trips on the Camino Francés, the Camino del Norte and the Via Francigena. Laura first walked the Camino del Norte and Primitivo with a student group in 2009 and returned in 2011 to re-walk the route and to complete the Camino Inglés to ensure up-to-date route information for this guidebook.View author profile
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