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Camino Ingles Tour
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Highlights

  • Feeling the history at Ferrol docks where thousands of pilgrims have gone before you
  • Forming bonds that will last forever with your fellow pilgrims
  • Discovering the real Galicia as you wander through its beautiful countryside
  • Walking into the old town of Santiago and finishing your pilgrimage at the sublime Cathedral

In the middle ages, the news of the Camino de Santiago spread all over Europe and Pilgrims from the UK and Ireland would sail down to A Coruña and Ferrol to start their pilgrimage to Santiago. Today we use the route from Ferrol as it is the more scenic route of the two.

The Camino Inglés is one of several walks to Santiago, but this is the only one to start off at the coast, which means the first couple of days walking are rewarded with wild coastal scenery before delving into the heart of the Galician countryside.
The path then turns inland, through the rural farmlands of Galicia and gives you the chance to really enjoy this region of Spain, it’s people and cuisine. After passing the peak at Bruma-Meson do Vento it is downhill most of the way into the vibrant city of Santiago. Its stunning Romanesque Cathedral signals the end of your walk.

DAY 1

Arrive Ferrol

You can fly into Santiago de Compostela or La Coruna from several points in Europe. From either of these points there are several buses a day to get you up to Ferrol.
Ferrol is full of history, with an abundance of prehistoric findings, right up to its use as a naval stronghold in various wars. The architecture reflects this depth of history and the city centre is a delight to wander around. Add to this the excellent seafood and friendly locals and you have one of Spain’s hidden gems.


DAY 2

Ferrol to Cabanas or Pontedeume

To shorten an otherwise tough day, we have arranged a morning transfer to take you about 10km into the trail. You then take in some clifftop walking and some beautiful beaches before arriving into Cabanas (or Pontedeume, 1km further, depending on availability)


If you would rather walk the entire route, eliminating the transfers, to qualify for the Compostela certificate, please contact us for more information.


Walk: 20/21km 250m ascent, 210m descent.


DAY 3

Cabanas to Betanzos

The route rises up out of Cabanas, giving you spectacular view back over Ferrol. You are then walking along the wild Galician coast, which the route shares with the Camino Real path.
You will eventually come to the wide estuary of the Rio Lambre which gives you great views over the Rias de Betanzos and surrounding wetlands. Your overnight stop in Betanzos has some of the most interesting architecture in Galicia.


Walk: 21km 300m ascent, 200m descent.


DAY 4

Betanzos to San Paio de Buscás

We start off today’s walk by collecting you and transferring you to Vilacoba, to again shorten what would otherwise be a tough days walk.


Today you leave the coastal walking behind and head inland, across agricultural land and walking uphill for most of the day. Your overnight stop is beside the abandoned Hermitage of San Paio.


Walk: 18km, 360m ascent


DAY 5

San Paio de Buscás to Marantes

After you reach Bruma-Meson do Vento, the rest of your trip to Santiago is mainly downhill. Today’s walk is through some of the greenest landscapes in Spain, though be warned, the green does not appear by magic, so if you are walking outside of the summer months, rainwear is recommended.


Your walk down into the delightful town of Marantes brings the penultimate stage of the Camino Inglés to an end.


Walk: 22.5km, 200m descent.


DAY 6

Marantes to Santiago de Compostela

Head into the Municipality of Santiago today. You will soon reach Meixonfrio which is an old pilgrim resting point, before reaching the pre-Roman hill fort, where it is tradition to leave a pebble.
This makes for a fitting gesture before you undertake the walk into the glorious city of Santiago where your walk comes to an end in the shadow of the grand Cathedral.


As the days walk is quite short, you can leave early in order to walk into Santiago to meet the midday mass in the Cathedral, which welcomes new pilgrims into the city. Should you feel that you will miss this, we always recommend an extra night in order to attend.


Walk: 11km, 220m ascent, 50m descent.


DAY 7

Onward Travel

Accommodation

The accommodation will be a mixture of rural hotels and hostals, all with private rooms and en-suite. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early, especially in high season.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Meals

A local continental breakfast is included each morning, which can sometimes just be coffee, bread and orange juice. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.  Every place you stop will have evening meals available, you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 euros which includes 3 courses, wine and water!

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Time of Year

The Camino Inglés is best enjoyed from May to June and late August to October. It is available throughout the summer, but the weather can make it too warm for many people to walk so we recommend walking outside the peak summer months. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 12-21km.


The walk is well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.


On the Camino you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.


Compostela Certificate

The Compostela certificate is a certificate that pilgrims can get in Santiago after having completed the last 100km of the pilgrimage route to Santiago. This can be for any of the various routes leading to Santiago (Frances, Norte or Ingles, for example). As we provide two transfers on this particular Camino Ingles itinerary this brings the total distance walked to just under 100km, meaning one wouldn't qualify for the certificate. If you would like to walk the entire route then just let us know and we can take out the transfers for you, however, this would mean two long days of walking at about 30km each. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Destination specialists who will be able to advise you on this.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections. There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.


Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that you only need to walk with a daypack.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.


Clothing & Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting there and away


By Air:

You can fly in and out of Santiago easily from London, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid with Ryanair, Vueling and Iberia.


From Santiago you take the airport bus to Santiago Bus Station (approx. 20 mins) From there you take a Monbus to Ferrol. There are five buses per day and the journey takes around 1hr 20mins.

Or alternatively you can fly into La Coruña with Vueling from London and Cardiff.


From both of these locations you can take several buses every day to get to Ferrol. You can travel from La Coruña with Arriva buses and Santiago with Monbus or by train with RENFE.

Included

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Transfers on day 2 & 4 of your walk
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
  • Camino guide book.
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Travel to/from Spain.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.
  • Single supplements.

Committing to the Camino is a big undertaking and you will undoubtedly have a huge number of questions and queries.

I hope the answers below will go some way to answering your queries, alternatively I would strongly suggest you visit the Camino Forum or Camino de Santiago website which have a wealth of information on the Camino.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of our Camino tours are between 20 and 25 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit. 

What type of trails does the Camino follow?

A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections.  There will always be other walkers around incase you are looking for help.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino is extremely popular.  Numbers can rise by up to 100, 000 people. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Can I walk with my bags?

Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at there best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more that happy to help.

Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?

Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.

Camino Ingles

5

Macs was fantastic from start to finish, well organised, kind, helpful and sorted everything out to make it a stress free experience. The accommodation was clean, staff all very friendly and helpful, food delicious...can't rate it highly enough. Cons- we should have done more research and walked shorter distances..some was rather hilly

Alison the Snail

Nantwich

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You have got to do this!

5

Four old university friends walked the Camino Ingles in style. No admin hassle, just walk and chat. Many maps/guides are now out of date, but new waymarks on the revised route are excellent. Don't forget to have the 'sellos' stamped in your 'credencial', not just as evidence but as a reminder of the fun you had!

Amblin' Campbell

Salisbury

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A short, pleasant camino

4

I enjoy combining walking with getting to know the culture of places that are not on most tourist agendas

Ricardo

Nottingham

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Camino Inglès

4

As a group of four friends we walked the Inglès in early June. The weather was perfect. We declined the two 10k transfers on Day 1 & 3 and we all regretted that on Day 3. Day 3 was long, hilly and very tough. The Inglès is a lot more deserted than the Francès, which two of us had completed last year. Hardly any pit-stops and lots of long stretches in the forest. It is a lot tougher, both physically and mentally. We were all hurting. However, it is a gorgeous walk. It felt like an achievement, even though it was only 5 days walking. If you want peace, quiet, solitude then this is the Camino for you. We only saw 6 or 7 other pilgrims on the whole route.

Dave

London

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Brilliant Camino Ingles

5

Very professionaly done. Organisation of trip went like clockwork. I left my packback on a bus on the first day of my trip. I contacted TeeTravel staff who were very helpful and traced my bag and I got it back. So good. Thoroughly recommend the travel company and the trip to all ages.

le Broc the ageless

Edinburgh

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Well organised hassle free trip

4

I went with a friend who had not been on a walking holiday before, and this was a good length and easy walking for a beginner. All routes of Camino de Santiago are particular types of walks -so important to find out something about them, and decide if you really want to walk a pilgrim route to Santiago, rather than just go walking in Spain!

Tea drinker

Wakefield

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The whole experience was seamless

5

Ensure that you know exactly what you requirements are before booking so that you don't have to make any changes.

Sampy

Bristol

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Buen Camino Inglés

5

Macsadventure once again didn't let us down. The accommodation was comfortable and welcoming after each days walking. The baggage transfers and pick ups were perfectly co-ordinated. Overall another Camino to remember. Initially we couldn't decide which Camino to do, having done the final part of the Frances 2 years ago. Nichola gave us useful guidance which helped us to make our choice. Although quieter, this Camino is prettier than the Frances but still with the camaraderie that makes the Camino special. Lots of steep hills to climb but we were prepared and so it didn't phase us.

Stella

Burnley

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A not to be forgotten experience

4

We had heard of this trip through a friend who had done the Camino Portugues and wanted a shortish, interesting walk which was not too taxing but which let us walk from place to place and this fitted the bill.

Jane

Sussex

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Worth their weight in gold!

5

We used Macs adventure to coordinate The English Way - Camino de Santiago. They exceeded my expectations! The accommodations were outstanding and the luggage transfers worked perfectly. The staff is always willing to help and very knowledable.

Mariano

St.Petersburg, Florida

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Camino Inglés

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