Camino de Santiago – Day 20

Camino de Santiago – Day 20
Walked from: Riego de Ambrós
Walked to: Cacabelos
Date: 20 October 2017
Distance: 30.1km

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Today looked unpromising on my maps. Quite a lot of urban sprawl to work through, and not a whole lot of building free countryside to adventure in. And yet… it was beautiful.

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Woke up in the lovely hostel in Riego de Ambrós and was toasty warm. Right up until the moment when I had to extract myself from my sleeping bag/blanket ensconced bunk. Bloody hell, it was COLD. A brisk but beautiful dawn walk (and remember, dawn here at the moment means an 8.20am start) into the pretty tourist village of Molinaseca for breakfast warmed me up a bit but it took until the centre of Ponferrada (castle, other old historically important stuff, blah blah) some 13km after I left the hostel – before I was willing to risk taking any of my layers off. And I was wearing a lot of them.

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The villages on the outskirts of Ponferrada were in some ways like the valleys in South Wales; small, tightly packed houses opening out directly into the road, a strong sense of local community that didn’t necessarily feel immediately welcoming to me, as a tourist, passing through… and just like the valleys, these areas were surrounded by spectacular hills on all sides, reminding us of the beauty of our wider surroundings. The walk through the autumn-hued vineyards and surrounding countryside as I approached Cacabelos, where I’m staying tonight, was one of the most beautiful parts of the entire Camino so far. I can also report that the local wine, which I enjoyed sampling, was pretty darn good. Hic… 😁

 

About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.
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3 Responses to Camino de Santiago – Day 20

  1. kinh says:

    Hi Silka. Reading about your walks makes me miss home and all of its activities.
    I have resort to running hopefully every other days to keep thing in perspective.
    What are the people like on your walk?

    Kinh

    • silkakt says:

      A really mixed bag. People from all over the world. As it’s a pilgrimage, a few are deeply religious. As there’s been a film about it, some people try to recreate the screenplay, but mostly lots of nice, good humoured people who decided to walk nearly 800km – despite the fact that many of them have never done long distance walking before!

  2. em & aims says:

    Ok so I’m a little late to this fiesta…..but it was great gorging on all your blog posts on this morning’s grey, crowded, tube train commute to work….! Am delighted you’re having such a lovely time. Keep walking….and sharing….Emma xxx

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