FROM FERROL TO SANTIAGO (122 Km)
The English Way, which owes its name to the walkers who arrived by sea to Ferrol from the coastal ports of England and Ireland, is today one of the most chosen routes by the pilgrims who prefer to escape from the overcrowding of other roads in the summer months. A path of contrasts where you will cross important coastal towns located in the estuaries, villages and medieval towns until you dive into the deepest rural area of the province of A Coruña.
Arrival in Ferrol
Ferrol is a city that has been weathered by a thousand battles and is a wise mix of culture, urban elegance and military power. Strategically located at the northern end of the peninsula, this coastal town has an important link with the sea and its activities, specifically with the naval sector thanks to its port and its shipyards, both military and civilian. Besides the industry, Ferrol has some really spectacular surroundings, with idyllic beaches perfect for surfing and cliffs that will leave you breathless before starting your English Way.
Ferrol – Pontedeume
You will begin your pilgrimage by skirting the Ferrol estuary until you reach Fene, a town known mainly for its industrial activity and the location of its famous astilleiros. The section has few unevennesses and crosses urban and industrial environment, always with beautiful views to the sea. From here you will cross sections of low mountains that separate the estuaries of Ferrol and Ares until you reach Neda, where many pilgrims decide to stop and divide the stage. You will continue towards Pontedeume following the promenade next to the beach and after crossing the train track, the bridge over the river Eume will welcome you to the end of your stage.
It’s worth taking advantage of the afternoon and taking a cab to visit the so-called Fragas do Eume, one of the best preserved Atlantic riverbank forests in Europe. It is located in a deep canyon carved by the river Eume, which thanks to its steep slopes retain the original vegetation of the Atlantic forests.
Pontedeume – Betanzos
You will leave Pontedeume with a spectacular view of the estuaries from the Romanesque church of San Miguel de Breamo. The stage passes through a rural road and enters the mountain, ending in the river Baxoi, with its beautiful marshes. After resting in Miño, the path follows the coast line to Betanzos, offering you views of the estuary and the flow of the Mandeo. The historical center of Betanzos is one of the most appreciated in the province, considered the gothic capital of Galicia, and which still preserves the medieval doors of the city. You cannot leave without drinking some young wine and skewers of its famous tortilla by the calexas.
Tineo Betanzos – Hospital de Bruma
You are in front of the queen stage of the English Way, which, in spite of its length, passes through pleasant surroundings, agricultural and livestock landscapes between villages that seem to be stopped in time. The village of Presedo and San Paio de Vilacova are the only intermediate towns that have a restaurant service at the foot of the road, so we recommend that you leave with enough water and food. The final part of the stage ends at Bruma Hospital, belonging to the municipality of Mesía.
Hospital de Bruma – Sigüeros
In this stage, the Way goes through mountains, native forests and crossroads that will guide your steps until you reach A Rúa, where the church of San Paio de Buscás stands. You will alternate between dirt and asphalt roads, passing through small villages, each with its own church. After passing Casanova, where the land is usually flooded in winter due to the numerous springs, you will go to a paved track until you reach Sigüeiro, a medieval village where you have all the services to rest and recover for the next stage.
Sigüero – Santiago de Compostela
We recommend leaving early to make the most of the day by walking around the old town of Santiago de Compostela and attending the Pilgrim’s Mass. You will say goodbye to Sigüeiro by crossing the bridge over the river Tambre and then entering the municipality of Santiago. After crossing the business park, the route reaches the district of Meixonfrío where the Cruceiro da Coruña is located, in whose vicinity there used to be a Roman fort.
Leaving behind the As Cancelas neighborhood, you will enter the urban case of Santiago passing by the Xunta buildings. From here you just have to follow the arrows that will take you to Porta da Pena, one of the entrances of the city when it was walled, the streets of the old town will finally take you to the Plaza del Obradoiro to end this English Way that you started in Ferrol.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a journey, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with one more road in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships, a journey that will be projected in your lives and will help you to continue walking free towards your own goals.
**After leaving the accommodation our services will be over.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 8 days / 7 nights of accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- Single room supplement: 95 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 55€ ind. / 70€ double
- Breakfast: 45 €/pax
- Half Board: 125 €/pax
- 380 € pax double room
Hostels, guesthouses and/or rural accommodations
We have selected for you the best accommodations available on this route. We combine the rest in small and cozy pensions with superior quality hotels to ensure you the best experience in your Camino de Santiago. It is our personal recommendation to do the English Way from Ferrol.