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Official new alternative route from Boimorto to Lavacolla

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cindyjo

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012
Camino del Norte /Primitivo (2014)
Chemin la Puy (2016)
Camino Portuguese (2017)
I am currently in Boimorto and would like to walk the new route from here to Lavacolla to avoid the Frances. Has anyone walked it recently. I would like to know if there are any bars, restaurants, or places to stay along the way. I want to be prepared before walking. Thanks
 

t2andreo

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The Wise Pilgrim Guide and online app explains the THREE routes from Boimorto to join the Camino Frances. One of those three choices involves following road AC-0603 out of A Gandara. According to the app, the distance is 28.3 km, and this is the shortest, most direct route between the two places.

There are no albergues and few bars. Prepare for a long day. There are several sleeping options at Lavacolla. I prefer staying at Hotel Garcas, as it is only about 10 km from there to the Cathedral.

When you cross the road in Lavacolla, and before you renter the woods to the side of the old white stucco building (it was once a grocery IIRC) Hotel Garcas and a couple other places are to your left a few hundred meters. Garcas is on the right.

Hope this helps.
 

cindyjo

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Thanks so much for your quick reply. I have a knee that doesn’t always want to cooperate so I like to know about possible stops. I was hoping there would be a place to stay along the way, but we’ve walked that far before so an early start and a slow and steady walk should get us there. Thanks again, Cindy and sis
 

cindyjo

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Thanks for the information. It’s helpful to know there are options. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on the Frances, but it sure sounds like it’s gotten very busy.
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
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Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
Thanks for the information. It’s helpful to know there are options. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on the Frances, but it sure sounds like it’s gotten very busy.
The lavacolla alternate is a good option if you want to keep the masses at bay a little longer .. just make sure you have ample supplies not much I. The way of services this way. I’m on the Norte and it also has more pilgrims now but not as much as the Frances. Much more pavement this way. This inflamed my heel spur even further so I’m done in the official Camino. Will still get to Santiago again but as a tourist pilgrim.. not to worry folks I’m not staying In Albergues that would not be right so I’m living the life of a luxury pilgrim lol
 

Pilger99

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When I was the last time in Sobrado where was a rumour about a plan to connect Sobrado with Sigueiro (Camino Inglés), but I don't think that is this new route.

I know about the "normal" street route, that exited virtually for 10years or so, but I don't know if it was ever marked. It connects to the Francés at O Xen and is still on some maps / guides: https://hiking.waymarkedtrails.org/#?map=14!42.9291!-8.2813
It's only 18km "in the Wilderness". The following village (A Brea) has accomodation.

Once I've made my own way to ~km33 of the Frances (avoiding just Arzua. It was already afternoon when I got there. On the Francés I saw only a few others that day, but the next morning was very, very busy (compared to Primitivo/Norte). I don't think it is worth to walk much more road, just to avoid the crowds. Not sleeping in Arzua nor Pedrouso should be enough.

This seem to be the new route threads:

Good luck with your choice.
 

cindyjo

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Thanks for responding. We have started the walk on the new route to Lavacolla. There is a place about 10 k from Sobrado called Twin Pines that has rooms, food, and drinks. They opened in March. Very nice place and very nice people although we only had drinks. We thought people would like to know it’s an option.
 

lt56ny

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I walked the Norte last year. I joined with the CF at the normal place. I am terrible with names. I was fearful of the crowds after the Norte had been so desolate for the last couple of weeks. But I met some friends who split at the Primitivo and they had made friends with some CF pilgrims. It was really nice. One pilgrim took us all the the Parador for dinner and it was amazing!!! so it worked out just fine!!!
 

t2andreo

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Actually, I had reservations there for the week after next. But I had to cancel my planned Camino for medical reasons. I forgot it was on your route.

In lieu of walking, I will be working at the Pilgrim Office from 6 - 20 May. If you are in town, stop by to say hi.
 

Pilger99

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There is a place about 10 k from Sobrado called Twin Pines that has rooms, food, and drinks. They opened in March. Very nice place and very nice people although we only had drinks.
I found a short description and map on Gronze. Seems it is 10km from Boimorto walking always on road DP-0603 until you get to Twin Pines / Orxal, right?
The private albergue can be booked online:
2-3km before you have chapel/Capela da Mota and water.

How was the remaining part?
All termac again? I'm wondering if the last 10km or so are all along the N-634 (on a parallel dirt track but in view to the road and cars). If so, how was the traffic?
 

WayWalker

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In hindsight I wish we would have taken that route. The pilgrim throng that met us at Arzùa was shocking for our loose band of Norte walkers.
 

cindyjo

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Chemin la Puy (2016)
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Actually, I had reservations there for the week after next. But I had to cancel my planned Camino for medical reasons. I forgot it was on your route.

In lieu of walking, I will be working at the Pilgrim Office from 6 - 20 May. If you are in town, stop by to say hi.
We took your advice and stayed at the hotel in Lavacolla. It was a long walk from Sobrado, but it was pleasant despite walking quite a bit on the road. We only saw one pilgrim. It was still quite a shock walking into Santiago and arriving in the Cathedral square. I forgot about the May holiday. We’re on our way to Muxia, but will be back in Santiago the 10th or 11th. We’ll try to stop by and say hi. I’ve never met a forum person live 😊. Cindy
 

The Kolbist

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future: Del Norte, coastal Porugues, Englis
@cindyjo - how far (approximately) is Boimorto to Lavacolla? I wanna avoid the CF crowds too as much as possible. thanks
 

Pilger99

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Just look at the map. It says 28km to Lavacolla from the waycrossing after Boimorto and another 12km to Santiago.
If you stay in Twin Pines the distances since Sobrado will be more equalised and you don't need to stay in any albergue on the Francés.
 

The Kolbist

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Pierre Julian

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The walk from Boimorto is great, it's a long day, but avoids joining the French Camino till the last moment, which was important for me. There is a lovely municipal albergue at Boimorto, just before you get into town, very modern, spacious and clean (I was the only person sleeping there - in August a couple of weeks ago!). I woke up unusually early (for me) and set off in the dark, had a good breakfast at a bar in town which opened early. Certainly for about the first 10km there are no bars or services. Once we hit the highway heading towards Santiago there were at least two bars that I can remember (when I'm home I'll look the names up). I enjoyed it so much I walked past Lavacolla and on to Monte de Gozo. A long day, but very enjoyable and so quiet.
 

Dilbin

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Irun to Santander del Norte
I am currently in Boimorto and would like to walk the new route from here to Lavacolla to avoid the Frances. Has anyone walked it recently. I would like to know if there are any bars, restaurants, or places to stay along the way. I want to be prepared before walking. Thanks
Hi. Im currently on the new route to Lavacolla and staying in the B&B on the road. Tomorrow I believe is straight all the way to Lavacolla and waymarked. The 10km ffrom Boimorto was long and all on the same road with one nice bar in between. I also have alternative to turn left outside B&B and walk to O Pedrouza.
 

André Walker

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@cindyjo - how far (approximately) is Boimorto to Lavacolla? I wanna avoid the CF crowds too as much as possible. thanks
When I walked the CdN in 2016, the hospitalero in the albergue in Boimorto (to the right, just before you enter the town) told me about the alternative route and gave me a printout of it. I don't know if they still provide this service, but it might be worth checking out.
 

Dilbin

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Irun to Santander del Norte
It is waymarked all the way from Boimorto to Lavacolla. Im walking since 6am in darkness and its no trouble.
 

Pierre Julian

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When I walked the CdN in 2016, the hospitalero in the albergue in Boimorto (to the right, just before you enter the town) told me about the alternative route and gave me a printout of it. I don't know if they still provide this service, but it might be worth checking out.
They do still give it, also at the little information hut on the road next to the drive way down to the albergue.
 

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