Camino de Santiago – Day 19

Camino de Santiago – Day 19
Walked from: Santa Catalina de Somoza
Walked to: Riego de Ambrós
Date: 20 October 2017
Distance: 30.1km

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This little holiday of mine keeps getting better and better. It was a stunning day of walking / going up and down hilly stuff (what a fantastic change after the flatness of the Meseta), followed by a brilliant evening in the tiny village of Riego de Ambrós with every single person staying at the hostel going for dinner together… yup, all three of us (t’was a lovely evening with Dutch Bianca and South African Cecilia)!

 

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My guidebook warns of steep ascents and decents, and today I did pass the highest point of the Camino – the 1,505m high Cruz de Ferro that is supposed to be one of the most important symbols of the whole walk. I say ‘supposed’, because, to be honest, the iron pole on the mound of stones felt entirely underwhelming to me, and I moved on quickly, especially as there were a number of people taking what seemed to be a very long time to have photo ops of the things they were symbolically giving up. Not every one there is hitting style over substance, but the ones I saw certainly appeared to be.

 

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Symbolic iron cross aside though, the countryside surrounding it really was something to be worshiped. Despite the chilliness, the spectacular views – which stayed with me the entire day – were something to take time over, to savour. And to find such a tiny, quiet hostel at the end of it in the pretty mountainside village of Riego de Ambrós was a wonderful end to a ‘proper’ day of walking.

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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