Camino de Santiago – Day 17

Camino de Santiago – Day 17
Walked from: León
Walked to: Hospital de Órbigo
Date: 19 October 2017
Distance: 37km


It was perfect walking weather today – dry but significantly cooler than it has been, with sometime cloudy, sometime bright skies. The air was fresh but often smelt of bonfire smoke; I have no idea whether that is typical for this area at this time of year, or whether it’s from the fires that have been raging in northern Portugal and Galicia, which I’m getting closer to now. Hopefully the former.


I left León at 8.30am, having vowed not to walk in the dark anymore (unless I get a big, fat, clean full moon again), and got into Hospital de Órbigo at around 4pm after an excellent 30km or so tramp mainly across the Páramo (moorland). What bewilders me is that there were two options for the walk I did today; one through the countryside – which I did – and one along paths that follow the main road. Most people seem to follow the main road. If anyone can explain to me me why people would make that choice, I’d be very happy to hear the answer.


I’m feeling good about the hostel I picked in Hospital de Órbigo tonight. It’s not only clean, warm and welcoming, with the option to paint if you wish, but I also had a lovely – and stimulating – evening meal with three fellow Caminoistas (I think I just made that expression up) that I very much enjoyed. One of my dining companions, Sarah, is a talented artist and seemed to produce this painting (see below) out of thin air and into the canvas in minutes. There are so many interesting people on the Camino. Sarah and her partner Steve were two of them. I wonder who I’ll meet tomorrow?


About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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5 Responses to Camino de Santiago – Day 17

  1. Only the Tony (@Acripedes) says:

    Perhaps those others follow the road so they can get a lift if they get tired 🙂

    • silkakt says:

      It’s surprising how many people do get the bus for some sections. I understand if someone is sick or injured, but sometimes people get the bus when it rains!

  2. diaryofaminicab says:

    Perhaps some are frightened of walking off the beaten track. Bet your glad your out of the mess which we know as London
    Althea best in your walking endeavours

  3. kinh says:

    a seven days walking trip is good and some people start to fall apart if it gets longer.
    and a few are harden nail. My experience with Exodus.

  4. kinh says:

    Ps. would love to have that painting on my wall

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