Camino Ingles

Camino Ingles (The English way)

I recently embarked on an eight-day journey along the Camino Ingles route, also known as the Camino English Way of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. We then walked onwards through Galicia towards Finisterre, which in old times was thought to be “the end of the world”. The stages of the Camino Ingles are relatively straight forward and easy to follow. I have included details in my Camino Ingles blog making the walking stages easy to navigate.

Camino Ingles Overview

  • Distance – 115 km
  • From – Ferrol
  • To – Santiago de Compostela
  • Min/Max Elevation – 0m/461m
  • Elevation gain – 2855m
  • Days to complete – 4/6 days

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Where do I start walking the Camino Ingles ?

Camino ingles starting point in Ferrol
Camino ingles starting point in Ferrol

The English Way Camino has 2 traditional starting points in A Caruna and Ferrol. These routes were traditionally taken by pilgrims from Northern Europe on their journey to Santiago de Compostela. 

Most people start their Camino Ingles in Ferrol, Galicia  and is a fantastic camino for pilgrims that like a quieter experience walking through the most beautiful countryside of northern Spain. Along the way I encountered amazing views, heard strange stories from fellow pilgrims and even got lost once or twice! 

The Camino Ingles stages route gives pilgrims the opportunity to cover the last 100km into Santiago de Compostela and be eligible to receive a credencial certificate for completing The Camino de Santiago. 

For a pilgrim to receive this they have to have walked at least a 100km on any of the camino routes into Santiago de Compostela. Walking from A Caruna doesn’t qualify for a credential unless you have documented proof you have walked the Celtic Camino in Ireland. 

The Camino Ingles differs from the Camino del Norte which is tougher and the Camino Frances which is the more travelled route for lots of Pilgrims as it is a shorter route and is also a far less travelled pilgrimage. If you want a quiet walk in the countryside this could be the walk for you !

I used the Camino de Santiago forum extensively as part of my research and was a great aid in my planning regime as well as the American Pilgrims on the Camino website.

Camino Ingles Map

Camino Ingles Map

The Camino Ingles Terrain

The walking terrain on The Camino Ingles is mostly hilly with the first few days skirting the beautiful Galician coastline. There are days with some ascents and descents as well as some road and path walking although on one day of my Ingles walk I didn’t see another Pilgrim all day. Perfect if you want to be alone with your own thoughts.

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When is the best time to walk The Camino Ingles

Galicia is a lush countryside that has its fair share of rain throughout the year. I walked the ‘English Way’ in May and got wet a few days but it was really warm at the same time. In my experience walking the route in May through September would be the best time to enjoy this amazing camino experience.

Accommodation on the English Way

There are numerous hotels in Ferrol at the start of The Camino Ingles that make the evening before you start your journey relatively easy. Some these hotels are Hotel La Frontera, Pension La Parra, Hotel Almendra, Hotel America to name a few.

Along the way there are public and private Albergues and some hotels. from my experience I always found a bed for the night and hd no worries about accommodation. I always suggest walking with a guidebook to help with accommodation identification at your destination.

Do I need a Camino Guidebook ?

I have walked numerous Camino’s and always take a guidebook on the walk with me. After days walking I always like to plan out my route and destination for the next day as well as choosing my accommodation. Talking with other pilgrims is also a great source of information to help with planning. If you are struggling with your planning every Albergue has a Hospitalero who can help with ay questions and point you in the right direction. I find them invaluable.

On The Camino Ingles I used A Pilgrims guide to The Camino Ingles by John Brierley. Its the best guidebook in my opinion but the others are detailed in the best Camino Guidebook for the English Way.

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A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Inglés: The English Way also known as the Celtic Camino: Ferrol & C
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A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Inglés: The English Way also known as the Celtic Camino

Camino Inglés: This ancient route was popular with pilgrims arriving by sea from England, Ireland and Northern Europe in the medieval period. It all but faded from memory but is quietly coming back to life and now ready to welcome pilgrims seeking a more solitary way along the rugged rías of Northern Galicia.

  • 96 pages
  • 4.4 ounces
  • Plan your daily walking route
  • Choose your destination each day
  • Write notes each day and keep as a moment of your journey

Is there a backpack transfer service ?

Whilst the majority of pilgrims walk with their backpacks the whole way to Santiago there are services to help walkers who need some help getting their backpack or luggage from town to town. Its a simple service and works effortlessly. 

All you need to do when leaving your Albergue or Hotel is fill out a form letting the delivery service know which Albergue or Hotel you are heading for and then tag your bags with the fee as well.  The delivery service will pick up the bags and deliver to your destination leaving you to walk at your leisure. A couple of these services are as follows:

The Spanish Postal Service, El Camino Con Correos, has a baggage transfer service covering all Camino routes.

JacoTrans also has a transfer service covering The Camino Frances.

Camino Ingles Walking Stages

I’ve detailed the the day by day walking stages of The Camino Ingles from my experience and you can read about each stage, distances and accommodation recommendations as I walked from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela and onwards on The Camino Finisterre to the ‘end of the world.

Weather on the Camino Ingles

Preparing for a journey on the Camino Ingles is an exciting experience, but it’s important to be aware of the weather conditions along the route. The Galicia region in northwestern Spain, where the El Camino Ingles takes place, has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers.

The weather along the Camino Ingles can vary greatly, depending on the time of year and location. In the spring, temperatures average between 11-13 degrees Celsius during the day, dropping to 5-6 degrees Celsius at night.

In summer, temperatures reach up to 24-26 degrees Celsius during the day and 10-12 degrees Celsius at night. During the winter months, temperatures typically range from 6-8 degrees Celsius during the day and 0-3 degrees Celsius at night.

Rainfall is common throughout the year in Galicia, but especially in the fall and winter months.

Pilgrims should prepare for periods of rain and misty conditions during their journey. It’s also important to pack layers to ensure you’re comfortable in all temperatures.

No matter when you decide to walk the Camino Ingles, it’s important to be prepared for any kind of weather. Pack wisely and make sure you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store!

I walked the Camino Ingles and Camino Finisterre in May and got very wet. Here are the annual rainfall stats.

Weather on the Camino de Santiago in May

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