CAMINO INGLÈS – MAY 2020
Working with Willen Hospice, this amazing fundraising challenge is one for the memory bank.
DATES: 6th-13th May 2020
- Includes flights, accommodation (bed and breakfast) and transfers.
- An experienced guide on the ground.
- A fitness plan to get you ready for your challenge.
- A training weekend so you have a full understanding of the Camino.
- You will receive a Camino starter pack, including shell, peace pebble, guide, Camino passport.
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Camino De Santiago Challenge 2020
Working with Willen Hospice, Milton Keynes, this is an all-inclusive challenge which will take you on a magical journey to Santiago De Compostella.
From medieval cities to enchanted forests, you'll be surrounded by the beauty of ancient Northern Spain on this once-in-a-lifetime challenge.
The Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain is more than just a trail. Its origins of an ancient pilgrimage carry through to modern day times, where, although the incentive may no longer be religious, the journey is just as spiritual.
No matter who you are, where are you are from, or your reasons for walking, whether it’s in memory of someone or it has always been on your bucket list, it’s hard not to feel moved by this journey.
Your Adventure Will Include:
• 7x nights in Bed and Breakfast basis in accommodation 1*/2*/3* (this will be on a share basis unless otherwise noted on the trip itinerary)
• Transfer In from Santiago de Compostela to Ferrol
• Transfer out from Santiago de Compostela to Santiago airport
• Transfer by taxi/mini-bus from Willen Hospice to Gatwick airport.
Return Flights (15 spaces available)
• LGW-SANTIAGO – 6 May, 6am – 9am
• SANTIAGO-LGW – 13 May, 9:40am -10:35am
Day 1 – Travelling day
We fly into Santiago airport and then make our way by bus to Ferrol. Ferrol is one of Spain’s hidden gems, with excellent seafood and friendly locals. The evening is yours to do with as you wish however, make sure to be back at the hotel for a briefing to prepare you for the following day's walk.
Day 2 – Ferrol to Neda – 15km
We’ll be up early to take our first steps of the hike, starting at 8am by the Camino Ingles milestone. From here, the Camino arrows will lead the way. Today's walk is fairly easy, flat ground with the estuary as your companion. Much of the route is through lovely parks and on tarmac paths.
Day 3 – Neda to Pontedeume – 16km
Today's walk is less than ten miles, but it is quite challenging with a few steep hills. We walk through the historic town of Neda and onward over the hills to cross the Eume River before finding our way into the medieval town of Pontedeume. We will take our time today with lots of opportunities to catch our breath and take plenty of photos.
Day 4 – Pontedeume to Betanzos – 21km
From Pontedeume, the trail climbs up to give spectacular views over Betanzos, Ares, and Ferrol. The trail continues to Miño by way of a medieval stone bridge over the Baxoi river. We will then travel along the coast to the Lambre river, on a path that holds beautiful views of the Rias de Betanzos and the surrounding marshlands. The town of Betanzos has some of the most interesting and artistic, historical buildings in Galicia.
Day 5 – Betanzos to Hospital de Bruma – 28.3km
Today is one of the most challenging days, but also the most rewarding. The day starts along a moderate trail, and the second part of the day we will be walking up steep hills. Today we say goodbye to the sea as we start to make our way inland.
Day 6 – Hospital de Bruma to Sigüeiro – 24.8km
Today we will be walking through the beautiful Galacian forest, where we’ll pass a bizarre sculpture park which includes a life-sized dinosaur!
Day 7 – Sigüeiro to Santiago
Spirits will be high today as in a few hours we will be walking into the central plaza of Santiago De Compostella, feeling a real sense of achievement. Today, you will experience an enchanted forest stroll, and we will encourage you all to stop at the last church before arriving in Santiago. You will not see the Cathedral until you turn the final corner and this magnificent building then dominates its surroundings. You did it! You walked over 100 km! Now it’s time to collect your certificate and spend a few quiet moments reflecting on your journey during the last six days.
To prepare you for this hike, we also include:-
- A training plan (optional)
- A kit list
- A preparation evening, so everyone can meet everyone beforehand, and Julia will talk through things such as health and safety, the terrain, what to expect, transport arrangements.
- You will also be invited to join the WhatsApp or Facebook Group so we can share photos and use this as a communication channel.