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Alternative path from Santo Domingo de Silos

2020 Camino Guides

VNwalking

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This from another thread:
And now to follow the delightful alternative off-topic suggestion — I too highly recommend the walking option back to Burgos on the San Olav. Rebekah and I walked it a few years ago and it is really nice. I’m hoping to walk from Alicante this year, and hope to take the San Olav back into Burgos from Santo Domingo.
OK, I can't resist, Laurie.
This time you must go the long way from SDdS to Covarrubias! Of all the days I've spent on the camino, this is in the top 5. Up there with the Tunel San Adrian, Pancorbo, and going down to the Rio Miño and back up again.
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Somewhere I posted a map...hang on, I'll try to find it and edit the post.

This alternate route has interesting possibilities. You could take a detour to San Pedro de Arlanza, then spend the night in Covarrubias afterwards - and then the next day follow the direct route over to Mambrillas (without going to the hideous chapel), spending the night in Revilla de Campo.
OR...looking at my OSMand map it looks like you can go from SPdA across to Mambrillas on small tracks without going to Covarrubias at all. My mouth is watering at the possibilites!
 
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peregrina2000

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I am so happy to have a new opportunity to study more alternatives for Camino 2020, it takes away the sinking feeling about whether this camino is even going to happen this year. I will tell you I got myself boxed into a little corner with my dream about walking to see the church in Berlanga del Duero. Both that church and Quintanillas are only open Wednesday through Sunday. So I will need your expert input here. But I am going to go back and play around with this because I would absolutely love to take that route out of Santo Domingo.
 

peregrina2000

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Take your time, I’m not going till May. :p

But here is what looks very reasonable.

Day 1 Santo Domingo to Covarrubias via S. Pedro de Arlanza

Day 2 Covarrubias to Quintanillas to either Cubillo César (Casa Rural, but always filled on weekends) or Mercerreyes (Lana Albergue)

Day 3 into Burgos (about 35 from either place.

While I await your details, again NO RUSH at all, I will have to figure out how this fits in with my long dreamed-of visit to San Baudelio, which is about a week behind Santo Domingo. At some point I will post the possible stages but this new idea means I will spend a night in Santo Domingo, which was not in my plans since I have been there twice. (Idea was to walk Huerta del Rey to Covarrubias, 34 km). But hey, Santo Domingo de Silos is so so lovely, and I am nothing if not a hard core lover of Romanesque, so that would be a nice treat, if I can figure out how to keep the San Baudelio part in tact. So I will do that while you work on Santo Domingo to Covarrubias via San Pedro de Arlanza. ❤❤❤
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
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And I found this, amongst other things...
Which is just plain interesting, as it gives alternate ways and a high way towards Quintanilla

But more to the point:
Here's the 'plain' GR82 between SDdS and Covarrubias:
A screenshot (with the detour to San Pedro and on to Mambrillas added in blue):
Overview-SDdS to Mambrillas via GR82 and San Pedro detour.PNG
And then this:
https://www.wikiloc.com/mountain-biking trails/r2355-covarrubias-arlanza-y-el-gr82-10881162
With another screenshot showing how to get from the GR82 to San Pedro and on to Mambrillas in more detail.
Path down to Mambrillas.PNG
This would be soooo cool. A little road walking on the BU905 between the bridge and San Pedro, but otherwise dirt.

And this photo, probably one of my favorite camino pics ever was taken at the red dot on the third map below - an inset from the first one above (with a slip of the spelling immortalized in the filename! I DO know how to spell 'cemetery' ):
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
And here's a better one of the San Pedro to Mambrillas part, from a bike wikiloc track that I closed and can't find anymore:

San Pedro to Mambrillas Overview.PNG
 

peregrina2000

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Your suggestion of going from Santo Domingo to San Pedro to Quintanilla to Revillas to sleep Is I think a 40-plus day. But you know I frequently mess up these numbers. And with two visits, to San Pedro as well as the church, that would seem to be crazy long. Am I confused? And going Santo Domingo to San Pedro to Mambrillas means that the next morning I would have to wait around a lot till the church opened, since Mambrillas is only a few kms from the church, and is before the church, right?

And I can’t quite figure out what I would be missing if I followed the idea in post number 4 above.

HELP!!!!!!
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Thinking SDdS to Mambrillas, Mambrillas to Revilla de Campo, Revilla de Campo to Burgos.
That 2nd day is relatively short, allowing you to wait til Santa Maria de Lara opens (don't be like me and go on Good Friday :rolleyes: ).

And then you can follow that other track to walk up to the castle, and along the ridge eventually finding your way down the other side and eventualy to Quintanalara, and from there to Revilla.

I am guessing the way via SanP may be a bit shorter to Mambrillas than going via Covarrubias, bu tI'm niot sure by how much. It's less ziggy zaggy.
 
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
walk up to the castle
What castle, you ask?
The one that has the photo on this wikiloc track:
(Picón de Lara o Peñalara 1296mts. Quintanilla de las Viñas. Cubillejo de Lara. Vega de Lara Enero 2018)
Looking at some of the pics, some have [!] Markings that say risk. So the front half of this track may be 'interesting.' But the back part could easily connect to Quintanalara - you can see lots of little dirt roads
 

peregrina2000

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For some reason your link didn’t work for me, but I found it on wikiloc and here is the link that works for me. (Looks like yours is missing the last number)

 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Ok digging thru my old pics, I found these:
The first shows the ruins of the castilo in the distance, just to the right of SMdL.
The other shows where that track goes, from ground level. It'd be an adventure, to be sure.
 

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