I’m just back from walking this delightful route from Ferrol again. More of that later!
Before I went I got a couple of e mails from people asking about the stages. The route is very beautiful with great scenery but it is demanding in parts. People are particularly apprehensive about the long stage from Betanzos to Hospital de Bruma/Meson do Vento of 29/31kms – particularly in light of the 3 kms elevation of some 0.4 kms 12 kms from Bruma.
Whilst this stage is fine for strong walkers I’ve been up that hill myself a few times now and it is steep!
But now there are more options available to pilgrims on this route – with more planned.
Here is the news:
Existing suggested stages:
Ferrol – Pontedeume 25 kms
Pontedeume – Betanzos 20 kms
Betanzos – Hospital de Bruma 29 kms
Hospital de Bruma – Sigüeiro 24 kms
Sigüeiro – Santiago de Compostela 16 kms
There are albergues in Neda, Miño and Hospital de Bruma.
For those wishing to use albergues:
Ferrol – Neda 11kms
Neda – Miño 27 kms
Miño – Hospital de Bruma 38 kms
New albergues planned:
Betanzos – 40 places – 1 Rua Cervantes in the town centre was due to open this year – will now open for the Holy Year 2010.
Sigüeiro – Money has been allocated and a site identified next to the swimming pool on the route into Sigüeiro – not due to open until the Holy Year 2010
New possible stage:
The family who own the O Meson Novo Pension in Meson do Vento have been welcoming pilgrims occasionally for 34 years.
They know the route is growing in popularity. Therefore they are now providing a new service:
They will pick up pilgrims at an agreed point – say the Bar Julia - 18kms from Betanzos and just before “the hill”. They will transport them to their pension if accommodation is booked for 18 Euros per person and will return them to the pick up point next day. Transport is free of charge.
The parents worked for 10 years in Leeds in England and their English is very good. Antonio their son who will run the taxi service undertands English very well.
981 692 776
Mobile number for Antonio – 678 585 431
E mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also two new Casas Rurales which have opened along the route:
The Dona Maria in Buscas – 20 kms from the Bar Julia opposite the Bar Novo and on the route. (Double from 60 Euros – www.casadonamaria.es)
The Antón Veiras – in O Outeiro – 27.5 kms from the Bar Julia on the route (981 682 303. Doubles 60 Euros)
These are expensive options for pilgrims and Antonio from the Pension O Meson Novo is offering a fully flexible service therefore pilgrims could base themselves in Meson do Vento for 2 nights being picked up at As Buscas or O Outeiro on the second evening to sleep ion Meson do Vento being returned there the next morning to go forward to Santiago.
Please note that the Bar Julia is only open Monday – Friday by arrangement with groups booking lunch.
I have a few other updates to make to the guide which will appear shortly.