English Way

5 Stages | 125 km

The English Way is one of the least known routes of the Camino de Santiago. Perfect for all those who are looking for a Camino of solitude and disconnection. A trip in which you will be able to reach Santiago de Compostela in only one week and in which you will know two different parts of Galicia, the marine life of the estuaries and the tranquility of the small villages of the interior of Galicia.

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The English Way

The English Way is an adventure that has little to do with other Jacobean routes such as the French or Portuguese. Although more and more pilgrims are encouraged by this route, the truth is that it is still a lonely road, perfect if you are looking for a few days of tranquility and restlessness.

A simple route that, although it has some considerable unevenness, can be done comfortably if you take it easy. The 120 km that separate Ferrol from Santiago de Compostela make it the perfect itinerary if you are looking to do a complete route of the Camino de Santiago in a few days.

This path has two very different parts. During the first stretch the sea will accompany you giving you spectacular landscapes of estuary, marshes, ports, beaches and large towns of historical, monumental and industrial importance. But as we move away from the sea, the landscape will become more and more rural, the large towns give way to solitary villages, forests and lonely paths so typical of inland Galicia.

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Where to start the English Route?

The traditional starting point of the English itinerary is located in the city of Ferrol, from where there is a distance of 120 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela. This route is perfect for those pilgrims who wish to do a complete route of the Camino de Santiago in just one week.

The port of A Coruña also welcomed thousands of pilgrims arriving by sea during the Middle Ages, from where they undertook the 72 km that separate the city from Santiago de Compostela. However, over time, the use of this route was increasingly lost. The main reason is that the distance is not enough to obtain the Compostela certificate; let’s remember that pilgrims on foot need to have travelled at least 100 kilometres.

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History of the English Route

This “English route” owes its name to the first travellers who travelled this route. Its history begins in the Middle Ages, when all Europe had echoed the news of the discovery of the remains of St. James the Apostle. Many pilgrims from Nordic countries, from Germany, Holland, Belgium, northern France, Great Britain, Ireland and even Iceland, chose this sea route to reach Galician ports and continue the pilgrimage to Compostela by land.

Ferrol, which in the late Middle Ages was mainly a fishing port, became one of the most important landing places for pilgrims at that time. So much so that a hospital was built to assist them. At that time the precariousness of the ships and the pirate raids made the journey an odyssey.

Pilgrimages by sea had a great development, especially during the Hundred Years’ War, in the 14th and 15th centuries, when the continuous clashes between France and England made pilgrimages by sea safer than by land routes. This meant a great advance in boats and navigation techniques.

The magnitude of the English itinerary became so great that, in 1428, the number of British pilgrims embarked for Galicia exceeded 4,000, distributed in 61 ships. According to historians, most of the pilgrims belonged to the working classes. The price of the trip was equivalent to an average worker’s monthly pay, a relatively affordable cost.

Like the other Jacobean routes, the English Way also fell into oblivion from the 16th century onwards. It was not until the late twentieth century when public initiatives were taken for its revitalization, dissemination, signage and construction of shelters.

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