The English Way, another route of the Camino de Santiago has become a popular trail for those pilgrims not having months at their disposal, but who still want to enjoy the wonder that is this famous pilgrimage. There are two options from where you can make your start, with the towns of Ferrol or A Coruna, being your first waymarker.
A Coruna is around 75km from Santiago de Compostela, so if you want to receive your pilgrim certificate, be prepared to have walked the remaining 25km in your country of origin before you set off to Spain. You will be asked to prove that you have walked an official pilgrimage with credentials to support you claiming your Compostela when you reach the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago de Compostela.
If you plan to start your walk in Ferrol, you are around 118km from Santiago de Compostela, with a route that will take you through the delightful province of Galicia. The Camino Ingles is available year-round but be prepared for rainy weather, which is a common expectation for this province. Being in close proximity to the sea, you are likely to experience many weather changes, so have your waterproofs and ponchos on hand.
In medieval times, this route was popular with pilgrims from the Nordic regions and England, since it was quite easy to access the mainland from neighbouring countries. It is still popular for those pilgrims in these areas, to travel to Spain by ferry, which should be on everyone’s bucket list, in my opinion. What an amazing spectacle to see the approaching land, which is stunning to behold along the northern coast of Spain.
The route is generally well marked, and recently there has been a change from the more natural trails in favour of the city routes, but you are still able to enjoy the beauty of Galicia, and also have pilgrim support along the route. If you are walking from Ferrol it will take you around 5 days to complete the route, which makes this a great alternative if you don’t have loads of time available to you. As with all the trails, the most popular time to walk is during the summer months of July and August, so if you want some peace and quiet, walking off season is your best option.
Enjoy Efren’s vlog for an amazing visual of the Camino Ingles.