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Ingles re-routed by local businesses

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
The merchants are at it again... waymarks on the final etapa of the Camino Ingles have been dismantled, the signs now point pilgrims away from the wooded stretch most of us know that begins just outside Siguero, and keeps them walking along the busy highway. Where they are more likely to spend money.

https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/santiago/2017/10/02/camino-ingles-nuevo-trazado-entrada-santiago/0003_201710S2C3991.htm

I can remember walking this old route back when the Ingles was still very new... it's a whole lot more noisy, and downright dangerous where it crosses the highway.
 

VNwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Why am I not surprised?
Time for some vigilante waymarking to restore the the old way. Or a trade embargo.
Good thing there's no unwritten pilgrim's law that says we have to follow the arrows.

(Who decides this stuff, anyway, and how? Can whoever feels like they want to divert pilgrims into their town do so unilaterally? Or is it the Galician powers that be? Or?)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francé 2005; 2016
Inglés June 2017
del Salvador Sep 2018
Primitivo Oct 2018
I walk the Francès and took a wrong path once (2016). I walked the Inglés and got lost three times (2017). The Inglés covers a lot of asphalt paths and roads. It really doesn't want any more along the route. The business' are surely shooting themselves in the foot - the Inglés is not busy compared to other routes, so if they want more pilgrims = more income, adding more hard-surface walking will not help - certainly from my point of view and enjoyment of the Camino. I know this from my Camino friends, too. The Inglés already has a reputation as a city-urban road and path route, this will add to that and discourage many potential pilgrims from taking that pilgrimage, which in turn could effect existing, real-route business. Its a pity, the Inglés is a wonderful, special pilgrimage, like others, and has much to give and contemplate.
 

Nekodemus

Certified insane
Camino(s) past & future
Been there, done that. Keep coming back.
Most likely addicted.
I just wish it was possible to boycott/blacklist such businesses. I very much disliked that last part. Not that I found the crossing of the main road difficult, as there were crossings at the traffic light.
 

Nekodemus

Certified insane
Camino(s) past & future
Been there, done that. Keep coming back.
Most likely addicted.
But we can still go over the bridge and turn left the veer right ?
At least that was the route that was current this April, when I was on the Inglés. Nice walk, even if several groups of pilgrims overlooked one alleged arrow in the woods. Nothing a short application of map, compass and common sense couldn't handle ;)

I (blush) overlooked the "Sigüero" and was thinking about when you enter the second bit of industrial area, shortly after the "enchanted wood". The arrows take you left, past the seemingly very popular bar (second best cafe leche I had on that route, large too), across the main road and on to a very boring stretch, but I was told that there was another, more pleasant path to the right of the bar.
 
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Nekodemus

Certified insane
Camino(s) past & future
Been there, done that. Keep coming back.
Most likely addicted.
Thinking back on the place where we discovered that we had missed a marker, we went right and met up with the Inglés again. A friend, who left ahead of us, went left, and ended up on the CF into the city. Judging from his description, he had chosen the more pleasant, but slightly longer, route :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francé 2005; 2016
Inglés June 2017
del Salvador Sep 2018
Primitivo Oct 2018
I just wish it was possible to boycott/blacklist such businesses. I very much disliked that last part. Not that I found the crossing of the main road difficult, as there were crossings at the traffic light.
Maybe good, clear encouraging sign posts/advertisements for pilgrims, instead of false re-routing, would bring them extra business??? I don't know, but there's a sense of being 'used' or tricked by false signing - and we know through the unfortunate experiences of other pilgrims it can be dodgy, if not dangerous. Business' should be discouraged from false signs or it could spread and become epidemic and dangerous.
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
Before it closed (for retirement) the bar at Vizoño - after Casa Julia - showed itself as a diversion off the Camino without changing any arrows. If you went there you could either return to the route or they told you how to continue and rejoin just past the cafe/bar. No problems with the signing and helpful for those in need. Actual false re-routing is IMO wrong and should be discouraged somehow.
 

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