The Camino Ingles is one of the popular pilgrimage routes known collectively as The Way of St James, the others are the Camino Norte, Camino Frances and Camino Portugues. The English Way is a short path within Galicia, from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela, used mainly by Northern Europeans pilgrims who used to arrive by boat.
About the Camino Ingles route
The English way or Camino Inglés started in the Medieval Ages because of the strategic position of Ferrol and A Coruña, main ports to enter Galicia from Northern Europeans, such as English, Scottish, Irish and Scandinavians who came to Spain to buy and sell goods. The name of the English Way comes from the route that British sailors used to do, crossing the sea full of merchandise to sell and visit the famous Christian sanctuaries.
The English used their main ports to board for Galicia: Bristol, Newcastle, London or Southampton were the main emitters of England; and Galway or Dublin the main emitters of Ireland. Pilgrims used to choose the English Way after reaching Galicia because they stay in monasteries and hospitals.We actually know about some Crusaders and Templar pilgrims from the 11 century that used to go to Jerusalem who during their stopover in A Coruña used to walk to Santiago to ask St James for protection in the Holy Land. This fact became so popular that knights from all over Europe stopped in Galicia to go and visit Santiago.
Total distance: 119kms
El Camino Ingles allows you to choose two starting points: either the city of A Coruña or Ferrol.The only difference is the number of stretches: 5 for Coruña, 3 for Ferrol. The last two stretches are the same for both itineraries. If you want the accreditation, you need to start in Ferrol, as it´s necessary to walk more than 100km (62 miles) to get it.From Ferrol to Santiago there are 120 kilometers (74.5 miles) full of history and heritage where green is the main color of all stretches. Calm is always with us along this way because it is not as crowded as the other ways.
Get to the starting points
It is where the main port of The Royal Spanish Navy is located since the 18 century. It is the perfect place to start the English Way.
You can get there mainly using the AP-9 because it links this city with other cities in Galicia. It is also linked to As Pontes thanks to the AG-64 and Vilalba thanks to the N-651.
If you want to use public transport you have to know that it is a city that is well communicated with other cities thanks to its bus station. You can get to Ferrol coming from A Coruña, Santiago, Pontevedra, Fisterra, Ourense, Vigo, Madrid, Gijón, Bilbao, Ponferrada, Astorga, Zamora, Salamanca, Seville, etc. You can also get there from Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland thanks to Arriva, Alsa and Castromil-Monbus bus companies. There is also a train station that links the city with other cities such as Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona, A Coruña, Santiago, Pontevedra, Vigo, Madrid, Barcelona, etc. If you want to get there by plane, you have to know that the nearest airport is Alvedro, A Coruña airport that is located 45 kilometers (28 miles) from here. You can take a bus to come from the airport to Ferrol.
It is another place where you can begin the English Way, but it is not the official way. The easiest way of getting to this city is by road, using the AP-9 that links the city with other Galician cities, and also the A-6 than links this city with Madrid. You can also use many secondary roads such as the N-Vi and the N-550 that has the same route as the AP-9 and the A-6. The train station links the city with Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Vigo, Ferrol, Monforte de Lemos and Ourense.
The bus station has a lot of different bus companies that would allow you to get here from many cities such as Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Pontevedra, Ourense, Fisterra, Lugo, Ferol, León, Madrid, Salamanca, Asturias, Cádiz, Algeciras and other cities.
It also has an airport that is located 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the city center. You can get here coming from London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Valencia, Lisbon, Amsterdam or the Canary Islands.
It is the shortest way to be able to get a full pilgrim experience. The way is well indicated by yellow arrows and markets, easy to follow. There are 5 pilgrim hostels (albergues) in summer, so yo must book ahead, or choose a private accommodation. There are plenty of small lovely villas on the way to enjoy the northern gastronomy and fresh seafood. We recommend you also walk the 35 kilometres (21.7 miles) between A Coruña and the point where both ways get unified because you can find lovely villages such as Bruma (better known as Hospital de Bruma because of the old pilgrims hospital that used to be in that village), located in Mesía.
The Camino Ingles is divided into 6 stages and 119km in length. The most important cities in this way are:
Points of Interest
Considered the first lighthouse of the world, its first construction dates from century I, after the Roman conquest of Hispania.
Built in 1557 during the reign of Philip II, its function was to defend the Ferrol estuary.
It is the only rest that remains in Pontedeume of the palace of one of the most important noble families from Galicia.
This temple was originally, in the fourteenth century, a convent of the Franciscan order, although at present it does not preserve vestiges of that time.