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Dragonte Route

4 Eyes

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Camino(s) past & future
CF from SJPP 14, VDLP from Seville 15, DN&P from Irun 16, Portuguese from Lisbon 17
#1
I am starting in SJPP late September and plan to walk the Dragonte route from Villafranca del Bierzo. Has anyone walked this route recently after they improved the waymarks? Would appreciate your sharing your experience on this. Thanks.
 

Niels

camino mi privio
Camino(s) past & future
Ca. del Norte and Ca. Primotivo in 2016 + Santiago to Muxia; Ca. Frances and Ruta Dragonte in 2018.
#2
I am starting in SJPP late September and plan to walk the Dragonte route from Villafranca del Bierzo. Has anyone walked this route recently after they improved the waymarks? Would appreciate your sharing your experience on this. Thanks.
I did it together with my two kids a couple of weeks ago. I had no problems finding my way. I was in doubt twice though. Once in the woods and once at the steep down hill at the end, where the cow fence confused me. But just open it and continue. But that downhill is difficult, and overall the Dragonte is a lot more difficult than the Camino Frances in general (I was very tired arriving at Las Herreiras) - but incredibly rewarding. To me it was the best walking day on the complete Camino.
 

4 Eyes

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CF from SJPP 14, VDLP from Seville 15, DN&P from Irun 16, Portuguese from Lisbon 17
#3
Great. Thank you very much. I really appreciate your sharing. The cow fence bit is very helpful. The confusing spot in the woods, was it the at the curve after the stream crossing by the old mill house? (I have never walked the route but have been researching it on line and it seems this is a confusing spot, but that's from people who walked before the most recent improved waymarks.) If not, where was your confusing spot in the woods and how did you resolve it? What was the weather condition when you did it? Hope your two kids did okay and enjoyed the walk. Thumbs up to all three of you!
 

Mugatu

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Camino Frances 2018 (July 6- Aug 2) ✅
Camino Frances once more or Norte 2019
#4
Just walked it a couple weeks ago, IMO it’s marked well enough. I posted on another Dragonte thread some photos about the way marking and trail conditions. If you want I have a video of mill and the direction , I think the only reason why people get confused is due to the stream that runs over the actual path and to left is an actual dry route, however the arrow clearly directs you to go right. There’s another portion after the last stream hike that veers left over a fallen tree rather than continuing up and to the right... maybe the tree will be cleared by the time you’re on trail. I hiked it in over 80F with 2L of water from Villafranca all the way to Ocebreiro ... only time I actually felt like I was hiking due to the overgrown paths filled with thorns, actual stream hikes, and the only time I didn’t come across one pilgrim. Take your time and enjoy the solitude. The forum doesn’t support the size of the vids I have so just dm me with your email and I can send it you way.
 
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4 Eyes

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF from SJPP 14, VDLP from Seville 15, DN&P from Irun 16, Portuguese from Lisbon 17
#5
Just walked it a couple weeks ago, IMO it’s marked well enough. I posted on another Dragonte thread some photos about the way marking and trail conditions. If you want I have a video of mill and the direction , I think the only reason why people get confused is due to the stream that runs over the actual path and to left is an actual dry route, however the arrow clearly directs you to go right. There’s another portion after the last stream hike that veers left over a fallen tree rather than continuing up and to the right... maybe the tree will be cleared by the time you’re on trail. I hiked it in over 80F with 2L of water from Villafranca all the way to Ocebreiro ... only time I actually felt like I was hiking due to the overgrown paths filled with thorns, actual stream hikes, and the only time I didn’t come across one pilgrim. Take your time and enjoy the solitude. The forum doesn’t support the size of the vids I have so just dm me with your email and I can send it you way.
Thanks! Your information is very reassuring and it all makes the Dragonte route sound better and better. I will look for the other thread. Thanks again.
 

Niels

camino mi privio
Camino(s) past & future
Ca. del Norte and Ca. Primotivo in 2016 + Santiago to Muxia; Ca. Frances and Ruta Dragonte in 2018.
#6
Great. Thank you very much. I really appreciate your sharing. The cow fence bit is very helpful. The confusing spot in the woods, was it the at the curve after the stream crossing by the old mill house? (I have never walked the route but have been researching it on line and it seems this is a confusing spot, but that's from people who walked before the most recent improved waymarks.) If not, where was your confusing spot in the woods and how did you resolve it? What was the weather condition when you did it? Hope your two kids did okay and enjoyed the walk. Thumbs up to all three of you!
Actually, I did look for the confusing spot, but never found it. Just walked along, But there were a few times, I wasn't sure if I was on the right track. The weather was great - 22 or 23 degrees. I was a bit worried, becuase Patrick - the administrator of the Dragonte FB group - had told me, we had to get some spray for the mosquitos. But due to low degrees, we never met mosquitos in large numbers. Buen Camino, and remember to sign your name in the book in the pilgrim house in Dragonte.
 

4 Eyes

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Camino(s) past & future
CF from SJPP 14, VDLP from Seville 15, DN&P from Irun 16, Portuguese from Lisbon 17
#7
Actually, I did look for the confusing spot, but never found it. Just walked along, But there were a few times, I wasn't sure if I was on the right track. The weather was great - 22 or 23 degrees. I was a bit worried, becuase Patrick - the administrator of the Dragonte FB group - had told me, we had to get some spray for the mosquitos. But due to low degrees, we never met mosquitos in large numbers. Buen Camino, and remember to sign your name in the book in the pilgrim house in Dragonte.
Thank you. Yes I am bringing insect repellent but I'm glad to know there are not so many bugs now. For sure I will sign the guest book. Thank you for mentioning the FB page. I checked out the FB Dragonte group too and requested to join but never received any response. Oh well.
 

camster

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Camino Francés 2019
#8
To people who have walked it, do you cross a sign or a cement waymark that indicates you have arrived in Galicia (as you do when you walk the traditional route to O'Cebreiro)?
 

Mugatu

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Camino Frances 2018 (July 6- Aug 2) ✅
Camino Frances once more or Norte 2019
#9
To people who have walked it, do you cross a sign or a cement waymark that indicates you have arrived in Galicia (as you do when you walk the traditional route to O'Cebreiro)?
You won’t cross into Galicia anywhere on the Dragonte if I’m not mistakened. The route rejoins the main artery at Herrerias and you continue on it till Ocebreiro. I hope you enjoy this stretch as much as I did.

The marker will be further up the trail maybe 2 miles after Herrerias.
 

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camster

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Camino Francés 2019
#10
You won’t cross into Galicia anywhere on the Dragonte if I’m not mistakened. The route rejoins the main artery at Herrerias and you continue on it till Ocebreiro. I hope you enjoy this stretch as much as I did.

The marker will be further up the trail maybe 2 miles after Herrerias.
Neat! I wasn't sure where everything ended and all. I just confirmed what you said on a map.. thank you :)
 

4 Eyes

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CF from SJPP 14, VDLP from Seville 15, DN&P from Irun 16, Portuguese from Lisbon 17
#11
Thank you very much to all those in the Forum who have helped me by sharing information and their experiences on this route. I walked the Dragonte on the first day of snow, on 10/28. It was beautiful. I had no real problem with way finding. There was one way mark that was knocked down at a fork, probably by a car. Hope they repair that soon. It was lying on the ground but its position made it clear it was the right fork leading uphill. The route was not so difficult as the guide book made it out to be. At the last village Villasinde, I along with another pilgrim who walked together with me that day were invited into the warm home of a wonderfully kind and sweet couple who offered us hot drinks and fruits. It was the highlight of my camino this time. I never did see the pilgrim rest area in the town of Dragonte though. The water fountain there was beautiful in the snow. Thank you again.
 

Mugatu

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018 (July 6- Aug 2) ✅
Camino Frances once more or Norte 2019
#12
Thank you very much to all those in the Forum who have helped me by sharing information and their experiences on this route. I walked the Dragonte on the first day of snow, on 10/28. It was beautiful. I had no real problem with way finding. There was one way mark that was knocked down at a fork, probably by a car. Hope they repair that soon. It was lying on the ground but its position made it clear it was the right fork leading uphill. The route was not so difficult as the guide book made it out to be. At the last village Villasinde, I along with another pilgrim who walked together with me that day were invited into the warm home of a wonderfully kind and sweet couple who offered us hot drinks and fruits. It was the highlight of my camino this time. I never did see the pilgrim rest area in the town of Dragonte though. The water fountain there was beautiful in the snow. Thank you again.
That’s amazing, do you have any pics that you could share? I’ve been toying with the idea of a snow covered Camino
 

4 Eyes

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#13
That’s amazing, do you have any pics that you could share? I’ve been toying with the idea of a snow covered Camino
Yes I do have pictures. I will download it to my computer and share it shortly.
 

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