- 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.
Please Note - Due to restoration works on the interior of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the Pilgrim Mass has been moved to an alternate location in 2019. For more information please read our blog post - Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoration 2019
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.
Ferrol to Cabanas or Pontedeume
With the estuary as your constant companion, take in some clifftop walking and beautiful beaches before reaching Pontedeume. As this is a very long day we usually include a transfer to take you about 10km into the trail. If you would rather not have the transfer (as if you take it you will not qualify for your Compostela) you can just let us know!
Walk: 31km (without transfer) 250m ascent, 210m descent.
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.
Betanzos to San Paio de Buscás
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.
As this is another long stage, we usually include a 10km transfer to Vilacoba, to shorten what would otherwise be a tough days walk.
Walk: 36km (without transfer), 360m ascent
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: 26km, 200m descent.
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: 12km, 220m ascent, 50m descent.
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.
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!
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.
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 very long days - the distances detailed in the daily itinerary are without the transfers included. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- Travel to/from Spain.
- Lunches, snacks or drinks.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal Equipment.
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
- 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.