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The English Means Camino de Santiago – strolling phases

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The English Means (Camino Ingles) is likely one of the shorter routes of the Camino de Santiago community on mainland Europe. This route is rising in reputation, yearly an increasing number of pilgrims select this Camino, however it’s nonetheless removed from being as busy and crowded as the Camino Frances.

For us, the English Means was our sixth Camino de Santiago that we accomplished in a 12 months and doubtless the best one as a consequence of its brief distance and simple terrain.

A picturesque surrounding of Pontedeume, a small town on the Camino Ingles in SpainA picturesque surrounding of Pontedeume, a small town on the Camino Ingles in Spain
A seashore in Pontedeume, one of many nicest cities on the English Means of St.James

Yow will discover lots of data for planning your stroll in our Camino Ingles detailed information.

English Means free downloadable PDFs

We created free downloadable PDF information that comprise strolling phases and locations to remain alongside the route. These information will allow you to to plan your English Camino pilgrimage.

The video of our stroll on the English Camino

GPX information for the English Route of St.James

You may obtain our GPX file for navigating the Camino Ingles. The information are our property. They’re for private use solely.

The route overview

  • Distance – 116 km/72 mi
  • Time – 4-6 days
  • Start line – Ferrol
  • Ending level – Santiago de Compostela
  • Whole ascent (over 5 days) – 2520 m
  • Whole descent (over 5 days) – 2230 m
  • Strolling floor – 82 km out of 116 km on asphalt
  • Route marking distance poles, yellow arrows, and shells
  • Common price – 30€ per individual per day
  • Lodging – private and non-private albergues, resorts

Journey insurance coverage for the Camino

Strolling like every other outside exercise entails a threat of getting an damage or dropping a few of your gear. The English Camino just isn’t a really demanding hike via distant areas however strolling day by day with a backpack continues to be difficult. Small accidents resembling blisters, knee issues, or shin splints are frequent on the Camino.

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A stone pole marking the Camino Ingles route with the distance to SantiagoA stone pole marking the Camino Ingles route with the distance to Santiago
A standard milestone within the forest marking the Camino route and indicating the space left to Santiago de Compostela

The English Means – strolling phases (a 5-day itinerary)

The English route begins within the city of Ferrol on the coast of Northern Spain. Like every other Camino route on the mainland it finishes on the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

Locations to remain in Ferrol

There’s a public albergue in Ferrol. It’s a brand new albergue located close to the port, 600 m from the place to begin of the English Means. Its capability is 60 individuals. I’m fairly positive you’ll at all times be capable to discover a place there.

When you desire staying in non-public room you’ll be able to keep at one of many native resorts.

| Lodge Almendra | Lodge Alda El Suizo | Gran Lodge de Ferrol |

Stage 1. Ferrol – Neda, 14 km/8,6 mi

  • Distance – 14 km/8,6 mi
  • Time – 2h45min.
  • Ascent – 178 m
  • Descent – 160 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 10 km/6,2 mi, mainly many of the day although right here and there you stroll on the gravel highway or boardwalk.
  • Strolling on the highway – 0 km
  • Issue degree – 1 out of 5, very brief and simple day
Elevation profile Day 1 of Camino Inglés, Camino de Santiago, SpainElevation profile Day 1 of Camino Inglés, Camino de Santiago, Spain
Elevation profile of the primary day on the English Means from Ferrol to Neda. As you’ll be able to see there are not any important ascents and descents on the route.
Camino Inglés starting point, Ferrol, SpainCamino Inglés starting point, Ferrol, Spain
The place to begin of the English Camino in Ferrol on Google maps

The English Camino begins on the port of Ferrol, there’s a route marking pole subsequent to Sarga Tapas and Raciones restaurant (you’ll be able to search in Google maps “Inicio del Camino Inglés a Santiago de Compostela” the spot is marked). We didn’t use any GPS or map to search out the place to begin; we simply requested locals the place the port (Puerto) was and located the signal fairly simply as soon as we bought there. From there on the route was marked nicely.

We began strolling fairly late and because of this, we determined to cease in Neda for those who begin early morning it could be higher to proceed strolling however the subsequent public albergue is 15 km/9,3 mi away from Neda which suggests your first strolling day will likely be 29 km/18 mi.

A walking route from Ferrol to Neda marked on the mapA walking route from Ferrol to Neda marked on the map
Route map of stage 1 of the Camino Ingles, stroll from Ferrol to Neda

Highlights

  • The port and the historic heart of Ferrol

Challenges

  • Nothing particular simply lots of strolling on a tough floor 

Neda

Neda is a pleasant small city on the river.

Locations to remain in Neda

Day 2. Neda – Miño, 26 km/16 mi

  • Distance – 26 km/16 mi
  • Time – 5h50min.
  • Ascent – 648 m
  • Descent – 641 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 19 km
  • Strolling on the highway – 700 m
  • Issue degree – 4 out of 5, a comparatively lengthy strolling day with a few very steep ascents and descents
Elevation profile Day 2 Camino Ingles, SpainElevation profile Day 2 Camino Ingles, Spain
Elevation profile Day 2; Neda to Miño. Right here begin the hills.

It was a protracted and fairly difficult day however there have been many locations to cease on the best way for espresso, lunch, and relaxation. We stopped 3 instances, and it made the stroll nicer and simpler. The primary half of the route is thru suburban areas with not a lot to see. After that, the route turned extra scenic. We bought to stroll via the gorgeous forest once in a while.

Pontedeume is about midway via the day, and an ideal place to cease for espresso or lunch. You probably have time you’ll be able to stroll round a bit and do some sightseeing. Another choice is to cease right here and proceed strolling the following day.

Word! In Pontedeume the route is marked with steel shells on the bottom, don’t miss them.

The second stage of the Camino Ingles from Neda to MiñoThe second stage of the Camino Ingles from Neda to Miño
Route map of stage 2 of the English Means, a stroll from Neda to Miño

Strolling via the forest we noticed a number of stands with shells (a standard image of the Camino) that you might buy for donation and two or three spots with cooler packing containers with cool drinks, juices, and water – for donation as nicely, we haven’t seen it earlier than on every other Camino route.

After Pontedeume the surroundings turned much less urbanized, with extra strolling via the forest and fields.

Highlights

  • The historic heart of Pontedeume; Torreón de los Andrade, Puente de Piedra, Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago and a few different church buildings within the historic heart of the city.
  • Stunning lush inexperienced forest
  • Playa Grande de Miño, near the albergue

Challenges

  • A few steep ascents within the second half of the day ranging from Pontedeume.
  • Lots of strolling on asphalt makes your toes fairly drained in comparison with strolling on a footpath or gravel highway.

Miño

Don’t miss the albergue check in Miño, it’s on the alternative facet of the Tourism data signal, pointing in the identical path as the data workplace, after there are indicators on the righthand facet of the highway pointing to the albergue.  

Locations to remain in Miño

Day 3. Miño – Presedo, 23 km/14,2 mi

  • Distance – 23 km/14,2 mi
  • Time – 4h53min.
  • Ascent – 700 m
  • Descent – 556 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 21 km/13 mi the entire day
  • Strolling on the highway – 4 km/2,4 mi, the final 3 km/1,8 mi to Presedo are on the highway
  • Issue degree – 4 out of 5
Camino Inglés Day 3 elevation profile. Camino de Santiago, SpainCamino Inglés Day 3 elevation profile. Camino de Santiago, Spain
Elevation profile Day 3: Miño to Presedo

The primary half of the stroll to Betanzos went shortly, we stopped within the city for about 1-1,5 hours to drink espresso and to do some sightseeing, there are various attention-grabbing locations to see fortunately most of them are on the route or not far-off from it.

After Betanzos the English Camino continued climbing up and down nearly continuous which was tremendous until the final 3 km we needed to stroll on the highway. It wasn’t a busy highway however some vans and buses had been driving by.

Throughout the entire day, we noticed solely 4 pilgrims however once we arrived in Presedo there have been 6 different individuals within the albergue.

A walking route from Miño to Presedo on the mapA walking route from Miño to Presedo on the map
Route map of stage 3 of the English Means, strolling from Miño to Presedo

Highlights

  • The attractive forest exterior of Miño
  • The historic heart of Betanzos; the Plaza of Irmáns García Naveira, Plaza de la Constitución, a number of church buildings, and historic buildings.

Challenges

  • Strolling  on tar highway/asphalt all day
  • Many steep ascents and descents
  • Strolling on the highway for the final 3 km/1,8 mi
A picturesque town with red-roof on the English Way of SantiagoA picturesque town with red-roof on the English Way of Santiago
Getting into Betanzos, a wonderful city on the English Means

Presedo

Presedo just isn’t a city there may be solely an albergue and a restaurant, your meals choices are to eat within the restaurant (about 500 m away from the albergue) or to deliver meals from Betanzos and prepare dinner your individual meal (the albergue has a kitchen). There are two or three huge supermarkets in Betanzos (Lidl, Eroski, Gadis, and many others.), about 100 m away from the Camino, on the exit from the town; on the roundabout flip proper and go two or three blocks down the road.

Locations to remain in Presedo

  • Excessive-end | Rectoral de Cines (away from the Camino however in accordance with the pilgrim’s evaluations they provide free decide up and drop off) |

Day 4. Presedo – Sigüeiro, 37 km/23 mi

  • Distance – 37 km/23 mi
  • Time – 7h40min.
  • Ascent – 673 m
  • Descent – 581 m
  • Strolling on the asphalt – 22 km/13,6 mi many of the day
  • Strolling on the highway – 4 km/2,4 mi
  • Issue degree – 5 out of 5
English Way Camino de Santiago elevation profile Day 4English Way Camino de Santiago elevation profile Day 4
Elevation profile Day 4; Presedo to Sigüeiro

Word! We needed to have one lengthy strolling day on the English Means, and because of this, we determined to stroll two phases in sooner or later for those who’re not up for this it’s higher to separate this present day into two phases; Presedo – Hospital de Bruma, 13 km/8 mi and Hospital de Bruma – Sigüeiro, 24 km/15 mi. A benefit of strolling a brief stage to Hospital de Bruma is that you just’ll arrive there earlier than nearly all of pilgrims (who come from Betanzos) which may assure you a spot. 

A walking trail from Presedo to Sigueiro on the English WayA walking trail from Presedo to Sigueiro on the English Way
Route map of stage 4 of the English Camino from Presedo to Sigueiro

The primary 30 km/18,6 mi went shortly. The principle ascent for the day was proper to start with within the first 2 hours or so. As standard, we stopped for espresso a number of instances, it was a pleasant day, and a part of the stroll was via the forest with good and quiet surroundings. The final 6-7 km weren’t that nice we began getting drained the route bought very monotonous (strolling subsequent to the freeway) and it was fairly sizzling. We had been very pleased once we lastly reached Sigüeiro.

Highlights

  • Stunning Galician forest
  • At 16 km in entrance of the bar, there are a number of steel and stone sculptures of individuals and animals, essentially the most spectacular is a big dinosaur.

Challenges

  • Strolling on asphalt for many of the day
  • Very lengthy distance  
  • Steep ascents within the first half of the day
  • The final 4-5 km to Sigüeiro subsequent to the freeway after which 1 km on the highway (not very busy) previous the commercial space of the city.

Sigüeiro

This city is a superb cease earlier than Santiago there are a few non-public albergues and a number of other resorts although no public albergue right here.

Locations to remain in Sigüeiro

Day 5. Sigüeiro – Santiago de Compostela, 16,5 km/10,2 mi

  • Distance – 16,5 mi/10,2 mi
  • Time – 3h23min.
  • Ascent – 321 m
  • Descent – 292 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 10 km/6,2 mi to start with and on the finish of the day
  • Strolling on the highway – 0 km, no highway strolling right this moment!
  • Issue degree – 2 out of 5
Camino Ingles Day 5 elevation profile, Camino de SantiagoCamino Ingles Day 5 elevation profile, Camino de Santiago
Elevation profile Day 5 Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela

If you wish to arrive in time for the pilgrims’ mass that takes place at 12 pm on daily basis it’s higher to go away early, at 8 am on the newest, to have sufficient time to retailer your backpack and get a spot within the cathedral. Word! You’re not allowed to enter the cathedral with a backpack you’ll be able to depart it in your lodge in Santiago if it’s not far or you’ll be able to retailer it on the storage (2 Euro for as much as 24 hours) for the time of the mass and decide it up later. The storage is about 200 m from Plaza Obradoiro in entrance of the Pilgrims’ Reception Workplace.

A walking route to Santiago de Compostela on the English Way of St.JamesA walking route to Santiago de Compostela on the English Way of St.James
Route map of the final stage of the Camino Ingles from Sigueiro to Santiago de Compostela

Time went very quick we didn’t even discover how we bought to the outskirts of Santiago, from there it’s about 5 km/3,1 mi extra to stroll via the town to the cathedral. There’s a church Parroquia de San Caetano on the best way the place you may get the final stamp earlier than the cathedral. Out of all of the Camino routes we’ve achieved the town a part of the English route might be the very best and the shortest.

A beautiful forest with bizarre trees on the way to Santiago de Compostela, GaliciaA beautiful forest with bizarre trees on the way to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
The enchanted forest on the final day of the English Camino simply earlier than Santiago de Compostela

Highlights

  • Stunning forest Bosque Encantado (Enchanted forest) in the course of the day
  • Arriving in Santiago de Compostella – the spotlight of the route, at all times a magical feeling of seeing tons of of pilgrims coming from totally different instructions to Plaza de Obradoiro.

Challenges

  • A number of brief ascents and descents
  • Part of the final 5 km/3,1 mi to the cathedral the route goes via the commercial outskirts of Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela, the top of the Camino

If after ending the English Means you’re feeling like strolling for a few extra days the Camino Finisterre-Muxía is a superb possibility. It begins from the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela and takes you thru the Galician forest to the ocean, to the Finisterre Cape. When you don’t have sufficient time to finish the route or don’t really feel like strolling anymore there are various superb issues to do in Santiago de Compostela to maintain you busy together with a day tour to Finisterre.

Excursions and actions in Santiago

The place to remain in Santiago?

I’d like to say one particular place that has been accommodating pilgrims for a few centuries – Hospedaria San Martín Pinario or Seminario Mayor. It’s considered one of our favourite locations to remain in Santiago de Compostela. These days it’s a lodge however they nonetheless have particular rooms for pilgrims. Rooms might be booked over the e-mail at [email protected] or the telephone (+34) 981 56 02 82.

A double room with an connected lavatory is 40€, a single room is 25€. The rooms are small and fairly fundamental however the location and the historical past of the place are really superb. I’d strongly advocate reserving it beforehand, particularly within the peak season. We had been there in June and it was booked two weeks forward. They’ve renovated rooms (a bit costlier however extra snug) that may be booked on-line.

Extra lodging choices

How one can get the Compostela certificates in Santiago?

The Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace is open from 10 am to six pm if there are various individuals inside they may shut the gate earlier.

In the height season when there are various pilgrims there’s a quantity system that determines your place within the queue. Each pilgrim who involves the workplace will get a quantity that he/she will be able to observe via an internet site or an app (you may get the URL handle of the location on the workplace) to see when it’s time to get again to the workplace. It’s a very simple and handy system you don’t have to take a seat there for hours ready on your flip. You may return to your lodge, or stroll across the metropolis keeping track of the queue on-line.

To get your Compostela you’ll want a Credential with stamps and a passport or an ID doc (generally they ask to point out it if they aren’t positive about your title spelling within the Credential). The Compostela is free, you don’t pay something for that. You may get the Certificates of Distance as nicely, it’s much like the Compostela however has extra particulars on the route you walked like the place to begin, complete distance, and many others., and it prices 3€. To maintain your Compostela protected you should buy a particular tube card field tube for five€. We had our Compostelas in there in our check-in baggage and so they had been like new with none injury after the flight.

As I already talked about earlier than, you want two stamps per day for the final 100 km for any Camino route which suggests two stamps for on daily basis of the English Means.

English Means route planning sources

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