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Better way into Ponferrada?

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peregrina2000

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Some (maybe most) people who walk the Olvidado want to detour off and go straight to Ponferrada on the last day rather than continuing on the official route, which joins the Francés at Cacabelos. I went all around the reservoir and then through some forest land, finally coming ito Columbrianos and then on to Ponferrada.

But I have read that there is a better, off-road way. This way involves going from Congosto to San Miguel, and there getting on the trail “Senda de los Canteros.” This is supposedly off-road, very pretty, and takes you right into Ponferrada. I found these wikiloc tracks, so all you have to do is find your way from Congosto to where the trail starts, which is about 4 km. Shouldn’t be too hard.

Hope someone gives it a shot! Buen camino, Laurie
 

peregrina2000

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And just having looked at the map, it seems to me that this alternative would also get you in a much better position to visit Santo Tomás de las Ollas, which @alansykes was lucky enough to visit.


Also looks like it is shorter, though the longer alternative I took also got me in to Ponferrada quite early.
 

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