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The English Way Camino de Santiago – walking stages

The English Way (Camino Ingles) is one of the shorter routes of the Camino de Santiago network on mainland Europe. This route is growing in popularity, every year more and more pilgrims choose this Camino, but it’s still far from being as busy and crowded as the Camino Frances.

For us, the English Way was our 6th Camino de Santiago that we completed in a year and probably the easiest one due to its short distance and easy terrain.

A picturesque surrounding of Pontedeume, a small town on the Camino Ingles in Spain
A beach in Pontedeume, one of the nicest towns on the English Way of St.James

You can find a lot of information for planning your walk in our Camino Ingles detailed guide.

English Way free downloadable PDFs

We created free downloadable PDF files that contain walking stages and places to stay along the route. These files will help you to plan your English Camino pilgrimage.

The video of our walk on the English Camino

GPX files for the English Route of St.James

You can download our GPX file for navigating the Camino Ingles. The files are our property. They are for personal use only.

The route overview

  • Distance – 116 km/72 mi
  • Time – 4-6 days
  • Starting point – Ferrol
  • Finishing point – Santiago de Compostela
  • Total ascent (over 5 days) – 2520 m
  • Total descent (over 5 days) – 2230 m
  • Walking surface – 82 km out of 116 km on asphalt
  • Route marking distance poles, yellow arrows, and shells
  • Average cost – 30€ per person per day
  • Accommodation – public and private albergues, hotels

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A stone pole marking the Camino Ingles route with the distance to Santiago
A traditional milestone in the forest marking the Camino route and indicating the distance left to Santiago de Compostela

The English Way – walking stages (a 5-day itinerary)

The English route starts in the town of Ferrol on the coast of Northern Spain. Like any other Camino route on the mainland it finishes at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

Places to stay in Ferrol

There is a public albergue in Ferrol. It’s a new albergue situated near the port, 600 m from the starting point of the English Way. Its capacity is 60 people. I’m quite sure you’ll always be able to find a place there.

If you prefer staying in private room you can stay at one of the local hotels.

| Hotel Almendra | Hotel Alda El Suizo | Gran Hotel de Ferrol |

Stage 1. Ferrol – Neda, 14 km/8,6 mi

  • Distance – 14 km/8,6 mi
  • Time – 2h45min.
  • Ascent – 178 m
  • Descent – 160 m
  • Walking on asphalt – 10 km/6,2 mi, basically most of the day though here and there you walk on the gravel road or boardwalk.
  • Walking on the road – 0 km
  • Difficulty level – 1 out of 5, very short and easy day
Elevation profile Day 1 of Camino Inglés, Camino de Santiago, Spain
Elevation profile of the first day on the English Way from Ferrol to Neda. As you can see there are no significant ascents and descents on the route.
Camino Inglés starting point, Ferrol, Spain
The starting point of the English Camino in Ferrol on Google maps

The English Camino starts at the port of Ferrol, there is a route marking pole next to Sarga Tapas and Raciones restaurant (you can search in Google maps “Inicio del Camino Inglés a Santiago de Compostela” the spot is marked). We didn’t use any GPS or map to find the starting point; we just asked locals where the port (Puerto) was and found the sign quite easily once we got there. From there on the route was marked well.

We started walking quite late and for this reason, we decided to stop in Neda if you start early morning it might be better to continue walking but the next public albergue is 15 km/9,3 mi away from Neda which means your first walking day will be 29 km/18 mi.

A walking route from Ferrol to Neda marked on the map
Route map of stage 1 of the Camino Ingles, walk from Ferrol to Neda

Highlights

  • The port and the historical center of Ferrol

Challenges

  • Nothing specific just a lot of walking on a hard surface 

Neda

Neda is a nice small town on the river.

Places to stay in Neda

Day 2. Neda – Miño, 26 km/16 mi

  • Distance – 26 km/16 mi
  • Time – 5h50min.
  • Ascent – 648 m
  • Descent – 641 m
  • Walking on asphalt – 19 km
  • Walking on the road – 700 m
  • Difficulty level – 4 out of 5, a relatively long walking day with a couple of very steep ascents and descents
Elevation profile Day 2 Camino Ingles, Spain
Elevation profile Day 2; Neda to Miño. Here start the hills.

It was a long and pretty challenging day but there were many places to stop on the way for coffee, lunch, and rest. We stopped 3 times, and it made the walk nicer and easier. The first half of the route is through suburban areas with not much to see. After that, the route became more scenic. We got to walk through the beautiful forest from time to time.

Pontedeume is about halfway through the day, and a great place to stop for coffee or lunch. If you have time you can walk around a bit and do some sightseeing. Another option is to stop here and continue walking the next day.

Note! In Pontedeume the route is marked with metal shells on the ground, don’t miss them.

The second stage of the Camino Ingles from Neda to Miño
Route map of stage 2 of the English Way, a walk from Neda to Miño

Walking through the forest we saw several stands with shells (a traditional symbol of the Camino) that you could purchase for donation and two or three spots with cooler boxes with cool drinks, juices, and water – for donation as well, we haven’t seen it before on any other Camino route.

After Pontedeume the scenery became less urbanized, with more walking through the forest and fields.

Highlights

  • The historical center of Pontedeume; Torreón de los Andrade, Puente de Piedra, Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago and a couple of other churches in the historical center of the town.
  • Beautiful lush green forest
  • Playa Grande de Miño, close to the albergue

Challenges

  • A couple of steep ascents in the second half of the day starting from Pontedeume.
  • A lot of walking on asphalt makes your feet quite tired compared to walking on a footpath or gravel road.

Miño

Don’t miss the albergue sign in Miño, it’s on the opposite side of the Tourism information sign, pointing in the same direction as the information office, after there are signs on the righthand side of the road pointing to the albergue.  

Places to stay in Miño

Day 3. Miño – Presedo, 23 km/14,2 mi

  • Distance – 23 km/14,2 mi
  • Time – 4h53min.
  • Ascent – 700 m
  • Descent – 556 m
  • Walking on asphalt – 21 km/13 mi the whole day
  • Walking on the road – 4 km/2,4 mi, the last 3 km/1,8 mi to Presedo are on the road
  • Difficulty level – 4 out of 5
Camino Inglés Day 3 elevation profile. Camino de Santiago, Spain
Elevation profile Day 3: Miño to Presedo

The first half of the walk to Betanzos went quickly, we stopped in the town for about 1-1,5 hours to drink coffee and to do some sightseeing, there are many interesting places to see luckily most of them are on the route or not far away from it.

After Betanzos the English Camino continued climbing up and down almost non-stop which was fine till the last 3 km we had to walk on the road. It wasn’t a busy road but some trucks and buses were driving by.

During the whole day, we saw only four pilgrims but when we arrived in Presedo there were 6 other people in the albergue.

A walking route from Miño to Presedo on the map
Route map of stage 3 of the English Way, walking from Miño to Presedo

Highlights

  • The beautiful forest outside of Miño
  • The historical center of Betanzos; the Plaza of Irmáns García Naveira, Plaza de la Constitución, several churches, and historical buildings.

Challenges

  • Walking  on tar road/asphalt all day
  • Many steep ascents and descents
  • Walking on the road for the last 3 km/1,8 mi
A picturesque town with red-roof on the English Way of Santiago
Entering Betanzos, a beautiful town on the English Way

Presedo

Presedo is not a town there is only an albergue and a restaurant, your food options are to eat in the restaurant (about 500 m away from the albergue) or to bring food from Betanzos and cook your own meal (the albergue has a kitchen). There are two or three big supermarkets in Betanzos (Lidl, Eroski, Gadis, etc.), about 100 m away from the Camino, at the exit from the city; at the roundabout turn right and go two or three blocks down the street.

Places to stay in Presedo

  • High-end | Rectoral de Cines (away from the Camino but according to the pilgrim’s reviews they offer free pick up and drop off) |

Day 4. Presedo – Sigüeiro, 37 km/23 mi

  • Distance – 37 km/23 mi
  • Time – 7h40min.
  • Ascent – 673 m
  • Descent – 581 m
  • Walking on the asphalt – 22 km/13,6 mi most of the day
  • Walking on the road – 4 km/2,4 mi
  • Difficulty level – 5 out of 5
English Way Camino de Santiago elevation profile Day 4
Elevation profile Day 4; Presedo to Sigüeiro

Note! We wanted to have one long walking day on the English Way, and for this reason, we decided to walk two stages in one day if you’re not up for this it’s better to split this day into two stages; Presedo – Hospital de Bruma, 13 km/8 mi and Hospital de Bruma – Sigüeiro, 24 km/15 mi. A good thing about walking a short stage to Hospital de Bruma is that you’ll arrive there before the majority of pilgrims (who come from Betanzos) which can guarantee you a spot. 

A walking trail from Presedo to Sigueiro on the English Way
Route map of stage 4 of the English Camino from Presedo to Sigueiro

The first 30 km/18,6 mi went quickly. The main ascent for the day was right in the beginning in the first 2 hours or so. As usual, we stopped for coffee several times, it was a nice day, and part of the walk was through the forest with nice and quiet scenery. The last 6-7 km were not that pleasant we started getting tired the route got very monotonous (walking next to the highway) and it was quite hot. We were very happy when we finally reached Sigüeiro.

Highlights

  • Beautiful Galician forest
  • At 16 km in front of the bar, there are several metal and stone sculptures of people and animals, the most impressive is a giant dinosaur.

Challenges

  • Walking on asphalt for most of the day
  • Very long distance  
  • Steep ascents in the first half of the day
  • The last 4-5 km to Sigüeiro next to the highway and then 1 km on the road (not very busy) past the industrial area of the town.

Sigüeiro

This town is a great stop before Santiago there are a couple of private albergues and several hotels though no public albergue here.

Places to stay in Sigüeiro

Day 5. Sigüeiro – Santiago de Compostela, 16,5 km/10,2 mi

  • Distance – 16,5 mi/10,2 mi
  • Time – 3h23min.
  • Ascent – 321 m
  • Descent – 292 m
  • Walking on asphalt – 10 km/6,2 mi in the beginning and at the end of the day
  • Walking on the road – 0 km, no road walking today!
  • Difficulty level – 2 out of 5
Camino Ingles Day 5 elevation profile, Camino de Santiago
Elevation profile Day 5 Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela

If you want to arrive in time for the pilgrims’ mass that takes place at 12 pm every day it’s better to leave early, at 8 am at the latest, to have enough time to store your backpack and get a spot in the cathedral. Note! You’re not allowed to enter the cathedral with a backpack you can leave it in your hotel in Santiago if it’s not far or you can store it at the storage (2 Euro for up to 24 hours) for the time of the mass and pick it up later. The storage is about 200 m from Plaza Obradoiro in front of the Pilgrims’ Reception Office.

A walking route to Santiago de Compostela on the English Way of St.James
Route map of the last stage of the Camino Ingles from Sigueiro to Santiago de Compostela

Time went very fast we didn’t even notice how we got to the outskirts of Santiago, from there it’s about 5 km/3,1 mi more to walk through the city to the cathedral. There is a church Parroquia de San Caetano on the way where you can get the last stamp before the cathedral. Out of all the Camino routes we’ve done the city part of the English route is probably the best and the shortest.

A beautiful forest with bizarre trees on the way to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
The enchanted forest on the last day of the English Camino just before Santiago de Compostela

Highlights

  • Beautiful forest Bosque Encantado (Enchanted forest) in the middle of the day
  • Arriving in Santiago de Compostella – the highlight of the route, always a magical feeling of seeing hundreds of pilgrims coming from different directions to Plaza de Obradoiro.

Challenges

  • Several short ascents and descents
  • A part of the last 5 km/3,1 mi to the cathedral the route goes through the industrial outskirts of Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela, the end of the Camino

If after finishing the English Way you feel like walking for a couple of more days the Camino Finisterre-Muxía is a great option. It starts from the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela and takes you through the Galician forest to the sea, to the Finisterre Cape. If you don’t have enough time to complete the route or don’t feel like walking anymore there are many amazing things to do in Santiago de Compostela to keep you busy including a day tour to Finisterre.

Tours and activities in Santiago

Where to stay in Santiago?

I’d like to mention one special place that has been accommodating pilgrims for a couple of centuries – Hospedaria San Martín Pinario or Seminario Mayor. It’s one of our favorite places to stay in Santiago de Compostela. Nowadays it’s a hotel but they still have special rooms for pilgrims. Rooms can be booked over the e-mail at reservas@sanmartinpinario.eu or the phone (+34) 981 56 02 82.

A double room with an attached bathroom is 40€, a single room is 25€. The rooms are small and quite basic but the location and the history of the place are truly amazing. I’d strongly recommend booking it beforehand, especially in the peak season. We were there in June and it was booked two weeks ahead. They have renovated rooms (a bit more expensive but more comfortable) that can be booked online.

More accommodation options

How to get the Compostela certificate in Santiago?

The Pilgrim’s Reception Office is open from 10 am to 6 pm if there are many people inside they might close the gate earlier.

In the peak season when there are many pilgrims there is a number system that determines your position in the queue. Every pilgrim who comes to the office gets a number that he/she can track through a website or an app (you can get the URL address of the site at the office) to see when it’s time to get back to the office. It’s a very easy and convenient system you don’t have to sit there for hours waiting for your turn. You can go back to your hotel, or walk around the city keeping an eye on the queue online.

To get your Compostela you’ll need a Credential with stamps and a passport or an ID document (sometimes they ask to show it if they are not sure about your name spelling in the Credential). The Compostela is free, you don’t pay anything for that. You can get the Certificate of Distance as well, it is similar to the Compostela but has more details on the route you walked like the starting point, total distance, etc., and it costs 3€. To keep your Compostela safe you can buy a special tube card box tube for 5€. We had our Compostelas in there in our check-in luggage and they were like new without any damage after the flight.

As I already mentioned before, you need two stamps per day for the last 100 km for any Camino route which means two stamps for every day of the English Way.

English Way route planning resources

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Jill

Thursday 27th of June 2024

Hello. I plan to walk the last 100 km of the Camino starting August 23 this year as a solo 56-year-old female traveler. I am in good shape and work out every day, though this would be my first time walking the Camino, I am not used to hiking back-to-back long days and will have minimal time to train. I am looking at walking the English Way, the Portugues Way from Vigo (or maybe the central way), or the French Way from Sarria. What is your recommendation given the time of year, the last-minute hike? Thank you!

Stingy Nomads

Thursday 4th of July 2024

Hello Jill. Thank you for the comment. If you're worried about walking far every day and not used to do multi-day hikes it's better to choose a route that has more infrastructure e.g. the Portuguese Camino from Tui or the French Route from Sarria. The English Way is a nice walk but there are fewer accommodation options and distances between towns and places to stop are larger. Keep in mind that it can get very hot in August. It's better if you start walking early. Buen Camino

Ed

Sunday 9th of June 2024

Where would you stop if you want to do 13-15 km each day?

Stingy Nomads

Wednesday 12th of June 2024

Hello Ed, thanks for reading. In the post there are links to downloadable PDF files we created to help you plan your route. The ´walking stages` document shows our suggested walking stages with elevation profiles and our difficulty ratings for each stage. This document also shows distances to other towns with facilities available. The `places to stay´ document shows distances and accommodation available at suggested stops on the pilgrimage. You can use these documents to customize your walking stages to your preferred walking distance. Buen Camino

Grace

Sunday 19th of May 2024

Hi, just wondering is it easy to get the stamps? I worry that I would finish my day with only 1 stamp from my accommodation and then not be able to qualify- do lots of places offer them? Is it obvious where does? Is it easy to get 2 or more each day on the ingles? Thanks!

Stingy Nomads

Monday 20th of May 2024

Hello Grace. Yes, we could get 2 stamps a day easy on the English Way. Many bars and cafes have stamps often you can even see a sign saying that they can stamp your Credential. One stamp you get at your accommodation place and one when you stop for breakfast or/and lunch. You don't even have to eat at a place if you see a sign saying that you can get a stamp there just ask for it. Buen Camino

PAUL

Monday 29th of April 2024

I am wondering about the bridge in Ferrol. I have heard that a lot of going around the tip is industrial and people recommend the bridge but what would that do to the distance?

Stingy Nomads

Monday 29th of April 2024

Hello Paul. Thank you for the comment. I don't recall any unpleasant industrial areas on the way to Neda. There are two bridges in Ferrol. If you cross the first one (Ponte das Pias, near the port) it'll cut 14 km from the walk which leaves you 100 km on the dot. If you cross the second bridge (Ponte AP-9) you'll cut 5-6 km your total walk will be around 110 km. Buen Camino

Kate

Sunday 28th of April 2024

Hi there @stingynomads, firstly thank you so much for all your comprehensive information - it’s been really valuable as I’m preparing to do the Camino Ingles at the beginning of June. For various reasons, I’m booking my accommodation in advance and part of my plan was to go from Ferrol to Pontedeume on the first day (then follow your subsequent days to Mino then Presedo then O Meson do Vento then Sigueiro then Santiago). Please could you advise whether you think this qualifies for enough mileage or whether I should include going via Neda on day one?? I have tried to find the answer but can’t/haven’t been able to so hopefully you can help 🙏🏼 Many thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from you. Kate

Stingy Nomads

Monday 29th of April 2024

Hello Kate. Thank you for the comment. Based on our distances I believe you'll cut about 6 km by crossing the bridge (Ponte AP-9, the second bridge from the port, near Neda). The total distance of the English Way will be around 110 km. To be honest it's impossible to know if you walk to Pontedeume through Neda or across the bridge (unless you stop in Neda). I'd just advice to collect two or more stamps per day for the entire walk. Buen Camino

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