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Camino San Olav from Covarrubias to Burgos

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peregrina2000

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I am putting this in the Ruta de la Lana section, but will ask Ivar to make a separate San Olav sub forum if there is enough interest.

I have some questions for the people who know this route.

I will be on the Ruta de la Lana when I leave Santo Domingo de Silos. That route continues to Covarrubias (18 km) which is where the Camino San Olav turns off to take a different and slightly longer route back to Burgos. I was told that the route is marked in the direction of Burgos to Covarrubias, so I will be walking "backwards," which is another argument in favor of my bringing the blasted GPS this year. Accommodation is sparse, so I am trying to get an idea of stages. I have come up with three possibilities of how to walk three days from Santo Domingo to Burgos.

Santo Domingo de Silos to Covarrubias (18 km) to Revilla (34) to Burgos (28)

OR

Santo Domingo via Covarrubias to Mambrillos de Lara (34) to Modúbar de San Ciprián (23) to Burgos (18)

OR

Santo Domingo via Covarrubias to Mercerreyes (26) (staying on the Lana) to Modúbar de San Ciprián (41) (following Alan Sykes' tracks, not part of any Camino for some of the way) to Burgos (18)

It is possible that my distances are off, I am cartographically challenged. :)

I haven't had luck making contact with the Casa Rural in Mambrillos yet, which seems to make the most sense to my uninitiated eyes. But I have heard from a forum member that the casa rural in Revilla is quite nice, as is the one in Modúbar, so I am in a quandry.

Any insight from the veterans here? Buen camino, Laurie
 

alansykes

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Camino(s) past & future
Except the Francés
I think my wikiloc exaggerated the distance between Mecerreyes and Modúbar de San Cibrián, as I carried on a km or 2 past it, thinking to continue to Modúbar de la Cuesta, before deciding that a casa rural in the hand was worth a probably uninhabited village several km further on in the bush. I had been planning to stay in Revilla del Campo, but the casa rural there (which looked very nice indeed) was full (holiday weekend). It was one of the days when I was half resigned to spending my first ever night in a church porch, but it hasn't happened yet.
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
I have just heard from the owner of the Casa Rural Rincón de Alfoz in Mambrillos that she will rent rooms to pilgrims for 50€ double, or 25€ per person. Looks like a fine spot on toprural http://www.toprural.com/Casa-rural-alquiler-íntegro/El-Rincón-Del-Alfoz_86105_f.html and gets good reviews. The main advantage of that three day stage, Santo Domingo de Silos to Mambrillos to Módubar to Burgos is that there's a short walk into Burgos on the third day, leaving plenty of time for seeing the sights, etc. And no 40 km stages either!

Ana García Alonso.
El Rincón del Alfoz
Mambrillas de Lara (Burgos)
Tefl. 0034 645 90 00 30
 

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)
My 2 cents at this point is your 2nd option. You could easily spin it out to make it 4 days, actually, taking the long way to Covarrubias via Contreras and the BU905 side-tracking to include San Pedro de Arlanza. Then to Quintanilla de las Viñas via Mecerreys--including both the dolman and the dinosaurs. Then to Modubar de San Cipriano and Burgos. A fantastic part of the world!
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
My 2 cents at this point is your 2nd option. You could easily spin it out to make it 4 days, actually, taking the long way to Covarrubias via Contreras and the BU905 side-tracking to include San Pedro de Arlanza. Then to Quintanilla de las Viñas via Mecerreys--including both the dolman and the dinosaurs. Then to Modubar de San Cipriano and Burgos. A fantastic part of the world!
Viranani, you're supposed to make things easier for me on the Camino not more difficult -- I don't need any more choices!!! Thanks so much for the suggestion -- I did a Google search for San Pedro de Arlanza, wow, that is one impressive ruin of a monastery!!!
 

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)
Sorry Laurie!! It's just such an amazing and beautiful place. Especially the areas around Quintanilla and across the hills to Covarrubias and SDdS. Beautiful monasteries, history, geology, solitude, and natural beauty...who needs more? Well...I'm left thinking a slower wander is in order for another time.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Sorry Laurie!! It's just such an amazing and beautiful place. Especially the areas around Quintanilla and across the hills to Covarrubias and SDdS. Beautiful monasteries, history, geology, solitude, and natural beauty...who needs more? Well...I'm left thinking a slower wander is in order for another time.
Go well, Viranani, looking forward to following more of your camino.
 

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