Camino Inglés

Camino Arrow 122 km – 6 stages

Camino Inglés

Whether you get on a boat in Dartmouth, Plymouth, Bristol, Southampton, London or Newcastle, or whether you simply take a plane from wherever you are to start walking in Ferrol (122K) or in A Coruña (74K), The English Way is an experience in itself full of history and you don’t even have to be British to appreciate that.

In the tab ‘Stages’ you will find the stages as shared on the Eroski site. We found them to be very accurate on the lengths. They also have very complete and nicely written narratives on each part, however, the narratives are in Spanish. If you want to read (also very nice) descriptions of each part in English you can use the interactive map above from elcaminosantiago.com. Just click on the symbol in the upper right corner: open map symbol. It will open up the interactive map in Google Maps and you’ll be able to zoom in and click on any way mark. This will open up a small window where you can read the narratives created by elcaminosantiago.com. Great resource!

If daily stages of more than 15/20 km are simply not your cup of tea, just look at the itinerary in each stage and choose your daily endpoints. You can use the name of those locations to search for a place to stay (see tab ‘Where to stay’). In addition, please remember: most people do not walk any of the caminos in one ‘holiday’. They simply take one or a couple of stages each time they have some time off. Take it easy – not everyone needs to walk 800 km to discover their true self…

In the tab ‘Where to start’ you will find information on the most common (and less common) places to start, including some information on how to get there.

Stage 1a A Coruña – Hospital de Bruma

If you start in A Coruña instead of Ferrol you can start here and continue with stage 5:

33,6 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: A Coruña (All services)

Km 4,5: Eirís

Km 6,4: O Portazgo

Km 10: Puebla del Burgo

Km 11,3: Almeiras

Km 13,6: Medieval bridge of A Xira

Km 14,5: Sobrecarreira

Km 16,8: O Drozo

Km 18,7: Lameira

San Xián de Sergude (Albergue, bar/shop)

Km 23,5: Aquelabanda

Km 30,3: As Travesas

Km 33,6: Hospital de Bruma

Camino Ingles Stage 1a

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Stage 1b Ferrol – Neda

15 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Ferrol (All services)

Km 6,4: Polígono industrial A Gándara (Bar)

Km 8,6: A Faisca

Km 9,7: Monasterio de San Martiño de Xubia

Km 12,1: Outeiro

Km 15: Neda (All services)

Camino Ingles Stage 1

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Stage 2 Neda – Pontedeume

16 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Neda (All services)

Km 5,9: Fene (All services)

Km 9,2: Polígono de Vilar do Colo (Bar-Restaurant)

Km 13,6: Playa de la Magdalena (Bar)

Km 16: Pontedeume (All services)

Camino Ingles Stage 2

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Stage 3 Pontedeume – Betanzos

21 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Pontedeume (All services)

Km 10,5: Miño (All services)

A Ponte do Porco / Playa de la Alameda (Bars)

Km 15: Porto de Abaixo (Bar-Restaurant)

Km 21: Betanzos (All services)

Camino Ingles Stage 3

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Stage 4 Betanzos – Hospital de Bruma

28,3 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Betanzos (All services)

Km 3,6: Xan Rozo

Km 7,7: San Estevo de Cos

Presedo (at 450 meters from Camino) (Albergue, Bar-Restaurant)

Km 14,4: Santa Eulalia de Leiro

Km 18,1: San Paio (Bar)

Km 25,2: A Malata

Km 28,3: Hospital de Bruma (Albergue)

Camino Ingles Stage 4

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Stage 5 Hospital de Bruma – Sigüeiro

24,8 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Hospital de Bruma (Albergue)

Km 3: Cabeza de Lobo

Km 7,1: A Rúa (Bars, Rural house)

Outeiro (Bar, Rural house)

Km 11,8: A Calle (Bar)

Km 17,4: Baxoia

Km 24,8: Sigüeiro (All services)

Camino Ingles Stage 5

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Stage 6 Sigüeiro – Santiago de Compostela

16,5 km – 15 albergues

Km 0: Sigüeiro (All services)

Km 5,3: Agualada (Hotel)

Km 11,2: Polígono de Tambre (Bar)

Km 16,5: Santiago de Compostela (All services)

Camino Ingles Stage 6

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Booking.com

OUR PRIMARY SOURCE: BOOKING.COM

We always use booking.com. There are good things and less good things to say about this site, but the downsides are related to their very broad customer population (you get a lot of hostels in the results that are no way within walking distance. You can apply some filtering based on amount of km from the city center however.

There is one big advantage for us: the map on their site. Once you entered the name of the village (or nearest bigger city) and hit search you’ll get an overview of (lots of!) places to stay. If you scroll a bit down, you’ll see a little map. Click on it, and it will open up a bigger and interactive map with all the locations. Just look near where you are (don’t forget to zoom in to see more locations!), review the info, chose a place to stay and the best part: book it online and you’ll be sure to have a place to stay that night.

We didn’t book ahead (only when we were nearing Santiago as it was getting very busy in all albergues so we knew the hostels would get full soon too). However, it was nice to pull up the app of booking.com during breakfast and estimating where we would end up that day and to have some alternative plan B in case our first choice were to be fully booked.

They also have a filter you can apply to search for e.g. only inns, or… rural houses.We like to get comfortable once in a while…

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’.Booking.com results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Google Maps

Occasionally, booking.com will not have many hostels near you because there are of course lots of small hostels that are not yet on booking.com. This seems to be the case with the example location we chose: Arzúa.

In this situation, we visit googlemaps.com, type a search for ‘hostels in [name of location]’ – Google will suggest immediately a ‘hostels near xxx’. Hit search and you’ll get the results.

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’:

GoogleMaps results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Turgalicia

Once you are in Galicia, the best way to find places to stay is turgalicia.es (English version).

They are the official tourist information site by the local government (Junta de Galicia, in Gallego ‘Xunta de Galicia’). Obviously, it’s their duty to provide this information and being listed on that site is important and free for hostel owners.

This is how their site looks. In the right menu bar you should click ‘Municipalities’ and check the ones you need to search: for the Camino Francés that might be Lugo or La Coruña, where that route runs through. Once checked off the boxes, hit ‘accept’ in the municipality window and search in the same right menu.

use of turgalicia english site

Once you get the results page, hit the button ‘Map’ in the left upper corner menu.

Here’s an impression on their map search for places to stay in Arzúa – it not only gives an additional 10+ places to stay (you will need to zoom in) but it also indicates very well what type of lodging it is (rural houses are the nice green ones) and in the menu above the map you will find many more interesting things (things to see, things to do, etc). Needless to say you can click on each hit and get more information about the hostel.

Turgalicia results for Arzúa on the French Way

This is as far as we want to go with lists of albergues. If you really want a list to print-out, we can recommend you to visit the site of Eroski consumer, they also have pdf’s available, although like I said, the complete narratives are in Spanish. Here’s the direct link to the albergues.

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The Camino Inglés is a relatively short trail.

In general, pilgrims start in Ferrol, since that will provide enough kilometers to obtain the Compostela. However, if obtaining the Compostela (or yet another one…) is not your objective, you can also start in La Coruña (~74K).

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