american pilgrims  
Camino inglés

General Description: The short direct route used by English or northern European pilgrims arriving in Galicia by sea. 110 km from Ferrol to Santiago or 75 km from A Coruña (too short to earn a compostela). The former route is typically walked in five days, the latter in three.

Waymarking: The Confraternity of Saint James website says "The route is very well waymarked with a mixture of yellow arrows, shell tiles and marker stones."

Terrain: The countryside is reminiscent to that of Brittany and Cornwall. There is a high percentage of road walking, especially near towns.

When to go: The Camino inglés is passable year round except that November through the end of February is not recommended. Climate tables for Santiago de Compostela and A Coruña.

Accommodation: There are only a few pilgrim-dedicated albergues (in Neda, Miño and Bruma) but there are cheap and medium priced hotels in several places.

Courtesy of Arlene Mourier and David Yates, this is the link to a file with every albergue and similar lodging facility on the inglés:
Additions, corrections and deletions can be sent to Arlene via the e-mail address of the Old Pueblo (Tucson) local chapter of American PIlgrims:

Guidebooks: Dave Whitson and Laura Perazzoli: The Northern Caminos: Norte, Primitivo and Inglés. Confraternity of Saint James: The Camino Inglés (2013 with possible online updates). The Confraternity is also making their Camino inglés guidebook available online in PDF format for a donativo. (2014)

Internet links: The Confraternity of Saint James has an overview of the Camino inglés both from A Coruña and from Ferrol. The Club Montaña Ferrol has a comprehensive site with information about numerous paths in the Galicia including a 99-page document (PDF, 4.0MB, dated 2003, Spanish) "Los 8 Caminos de Santiago en Galicia" which contains a substantial amount of information on all the routes through Galicia to Santiago. (Site is in Galician) The Asociación Galega de Amigos do Camiño de Santiago has a section on the Camino inglés. Click on the link "Caminos" then "Camino Inglés". The Xunta de Galicia has a section with extensive information on that portion of the Camino inglés including history, tourism, albergues, other services and Santiago itself.

Video links: From the Camino video series produced by the Spanish television channel TVE:
     Camino inglés, 0:27:35, Spanish, 2010

Other remarks: In December 1779, the leaking ship carrying John Adams and his companions to Paris was forced to put in at Ferrol from where they eventually made their way by land. Adams wrote about the Camino in his journal and he remarked there that he "…always regretted that We could not find time to make a Pilgrimage to Saint Iago de Compostella."

Rev 03/08/15

American Pilgrims on the Camino
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