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Ruta de Padre Martín Sarmiento from Combarro to Santiago de Compostela

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gollygolly

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Very interested if anyone who is familiar with this Camino could advise if this is a commonly or a rarely walked route, and if accommodation space at albergues is easy or difficult to find.

Many thanks in advance for any guidance given.
 

Cmeckley

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SJPP-SdC (2011),Porto-SdC, Variante Espiritual (2016), SJPP- Santiago (2017), Porto-SdC (2019)
I have a home in one of the towns this route passes through, so I know the area very well. In my opinion, it is far more beautiful than anything you will see on the Portugues. Surprisingly, I think very few people know about it. While I have seen the yellow arrows in my town, I have only ever seen a couple of peregrinos passing through in the last several summers. That being said, all of the towns are beach towns with a wide range of accommodations. No albergues that I am aware of ( with the exception of Vilanova de Arousa, which is a stop on the Variante Espiritual, and Padron, which is where this route connects back to the central Portugues ), but definitely affordable hostals, etc. I have a suspicion that as more people opt for the Variante Espiritual from Pontevedra (on the Portugues), more may discover this route as well. I recall seeing a Youtube video created by the local government to promote the route several years ago. Perhaps you've seen it too?
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
I agree with Cmeckley. The bad news is: it's not a well known Camino, so it's unlikely there's a lot of information about it.

The good news is: there's a website (in English) about it (and the Camino Espiritual). The site not only has information about albergues and other places to sleep, but also a guidebook (PDF) and the GPS-track. Both are free to download:


Hope this helps.
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
By the way: if you prefer the GPS-track in .gpx format, you can find the tracks on Wikiloc. Search for 'Ruta del Padre Sarmiento).
 

natefaith

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Sarria-Santiago (2009)
León-Ponferrada (2014)
Camino Inglés (2017)
Nate and I did a morning trip to the Isla de Arousa and saw a group walking this trail and quite a few signs for it. It seemed well marked, at least in Isla de Arousa. Not many pilgrims know about it, and I believe it was only established a couple of years ago. It definitely takes you to some of the most beautiful areas of Galicia, and like @Cmeckley I don't think there are any albergues. But there will be plenty of hotels in the towns (and vacationers in July and August, so perhaps try to walk in May, June, or September when kids are in school) and restaurants/ cafes, etc. Here's the official PDF for the route: http://www.osalnes.com/downloads/the-route-of-father-sarmiento.pdf.

I REALLY REALLY want to do this trail one day! Keep us posted if you go!
Faith
 

gollygolly

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2000, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Nate and I did a morning trip to the Isla de Arousa and saw a group walking this trail and quite a few signs for it. It seemed well marked, at least in Isla de Arousa. Not many pilgrims know about it, and I believe it was only established a couple of years ago. It definitely takes you to some of the most beautiful areas of Galicia, and like @Cmeckley I don't think there are any albergues. But there will be plenty of hotels in the towns (and vacationers in July and August, so perhaps try to walk in May, June, or September when kids are in school) and restaurants/ cafes, etc. Here's the official PDF for the route: http://www.osalnes.com/downloads/the-route-of-father-sarmiento.pdf.

I REALLY REALLY want to do this trail one day! Keep us posted if you go!
Faith
Many thanks for your input, and yes, if the opportunity opens for us to lace up our boots and slip on the backpacks to walk this route, will write up and post an account of how the walk unfolds.
 

gollygolly

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Camino(s) past & future
2000, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
I agree with Cmeckley. The bad news is: it's not a well known Camino, so it's unlikely there's a lot of information about it.

The good news is: there's a website (in English) about it (and the Camino Espiritual). The site not only has information about albergues and other places to sleep, but also a guidebook (PDF) and the GPS-track. Both are free to download:


Hope this helps.
Many thanks for your response. It looks so appealing, and were personal circumstances permitting, I would be setting out without delay. Current family circumstances mean that at this time most planning is for the following 24 - 48 hours only, though I am itching for the healing that I have always felt comes on the Camino.
 
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