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Ruta do Mar Shorter Stages?

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I would like to walk Ruta do Mar and Camino Inglés next spring and have the Cicerone new guidebook. I've tried planning my daily walking distances following the guidebooks information and also a variation but some days the mileage always ends up being longer than I'd like to walk. Has anyone done this route in shorter stages? Is it possible to only walk 15-18 km a day and not be concerned about finding lodging/food? Your insight and experience will certainly guide me in my planning and I will be very grateful for your help.

Ultreïa,

Mary

I would like to add that I have looked at magwood's blog on this particular route and her daily distances are too long for me. I would like to see detailed lodging information along the entire way to help me plan my stages and have a better idea of how many days I will spend walking to get to Ferrol.
 
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Hi Mary, are you wanting to stay in just Albergues, just Private Accommodation or any combination that fits the 15-18 km requirement?
Hi Miguel,

No, I am definitely open to staying at other type of lodging along the way. Any information you can give me will be very helpful!! Thank you so much for responding to my post:)
 

E7k

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Hi - Did this w my daughter 3 years ago … don’t miss! We find this link pretty helpful - she gives daily notes - i do have to say we followed her route p closely … i think you could shorten most of the days but i know there wold be I think 2 you’d have to do a work around or cab it. I have memories of this one nature preserve that was long … no water, nada. Also, we did stay in all private accommodation but it was all very reasonable.


(hope this helps a little)
 
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Hi - Did this w my daughter 3 years ago … don’t miss! We find this link pretty helpful - she gives daily notes - i do have to say we followed her route p closely … i think you could shorten most of the days but i know there wold be I think 2 you’d have to do a work around or cab it. I have memories of this one nature preserve that was long … no water, nada. Also, we did stay in all private accommodation but it was all very reasonable.


(hope this helps a little)
E7k, thank you for your reply and information. I definitely will do it, and seems like taxis/public transport will be an option so that is encouraging! Will go to magwood's blog and read carefully:)
Kind regards,
Mary
 
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E7k, thank you for your reply and information. I definitely will do it, and seems like taxis/public transport will be an option so that is encouraging! Will go to magwood's blog and read carefully:)
Kind regards,
Mary

E7k, thank you for your reply and information. I definitely will do it, and seems like taxis/public transport will be an option so that is encouraging! Will go to magwood's blog and read carefully:)
Kind regards,
Mary
I have looked at magwood's blog on this particular route and her daily distances are too long for me. I would like to see detailed lodging information along the entire way to help me plan my stages and have a better idea of how many days I will spend walking to get to Ferrol.
 

miguel_gp

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Hi Miguel,

No, I am definitely open to staying at other type of lodging along the way. Any information you can give me will be very helpful!! Thank you so much for responding to my post:)
Hi Mary, sorry for the delay getting back to you. I'm afraid I don't have any detailed information on the Ruta do Mar but I have attached a link to my Google Map of the Ingles stages, with accommodation and transport links clearly marked. I try to keep it as up-to-date as possible as and when I hear about changes. Most accommodation icons have links to their website/booking com entry. Hope it helps with your planning.

Feel free to DM me if you want any more detailed information.

 

peregrina2000

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I would like to see detailed lodging information along the entire way to help me plan my stages and have a better idea of how many days I will spend walking to get to Ferrol.
Hi @manoll,
Sounds like a great plan. I have been participating in some detailed planning threads for a couple of remote caminos where there are no albergues, and I have been surprised to see how much information you can get off of google maps. Their information about lodging has been incredibly accurate. Once you get the name of the places, you can usually just find direct contact information and go from there.

Good luck!
 
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Hi @manoll,
Sounds like a great plan. I have been participating in some detailed planning threads for a couple of remote caminos where there are no albergues, and I have been surprised to see how much information you can get off of google maps. Their information about lodging has been incredibly accurate. Once you get the name of the places, you can usually just find direct contact information and go from there.

Good luck!
Hi Laurie,
That is such a great idea! It definitely is encouraging to know that I can check for places to stay and it looks like information is current and there are more choices than what the guidebook has to offer. Thank you!
Take care!
Mary
 
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Hi Mary, sorry for the delay getting back to you. I'm afraid I don't have any detailed information on the Ruta do Mar but I have attached a link to my Google Map of the Ingles stages, with accommodation and transport links clearly marked. I try to keep it as up-to-date as possible as and when I hear about changes. Most accommodation icons have links to their website/booking com entry. Hope it helps with your planning.

Feel free to DM me if you want any more detailed information.

Hi Miguel, thank you so much for this invaluable link! It's going to be of great help when I begin setting up the dates for the stages on the Camino Inglés. Right now my hope is to travel to Spain the week after Easter, if vaccinated US citizens are allowed to enter the country at that time:) I appreciate your kindness and willingness to share more information and as winter progresses and flying there becomes a reality, without a doubt I will contact you!
 
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I would like to walk Ruta do Mar and Camino Inglés next spring and have the Cicerone new guidebook. I've tried planning my daily walking distances following the guidebooks information and also a variation but some days the mileage always ends up being longer than I'd like to walk. Has anyone done this route in shorter stages? Is it possible to only walk 15-18 km a day and not be concerned about finding lodging/food? Your insight and experience will certainly guide me in my planning and I will be very grateful for your help.

Ultreïa,

Mary

I would like to add that I have looked at magwood's blog on this particular route and her daily distances are too long for me. I would like to see detailed lodging information along the entire way to help me plan my stages and have a better idea of how many days I will spend walking to get to Ferrol.
We walked way back in 2015 so I have been checking our blog - Camino 2015 - posts for June. We used only private accommodation, pre-booked. We also skipped some of the long stages where there was no food or accommodation. Also we had limited time and needed to reach Ferrol to walk the Inglés. The FEVE, if times work, and taxis will help. @Dave 's guide varies a little from the route we worked out and you might find our stops shorten some of the days. After such a long time we cannot be certain which places we used are still open etc.
In San Andrés you lose the phone signal at the top of the hill, at the turning to Cedeira, but the lady in the cafe used the radio phone to call us a taxi, so very kind of her.
Hopefully you can work out your stops - most of our days would have been within your 15kms.
Buen Camino
 
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Tia Valeria, your advice is always valuable and I appreciate your experience. Thank you so much for having such a detailed blog, I've been looking at it and find it very useful. My friends and I are looking forward to doing this wonderful Ruta do Mar and the Camino Inglés in April and May next year:)
Ultreïa!
 
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Thank you all for your suggestions, support and advice! In 3 weeks we'll be on our way:) I am so excited to finally get back to a Camino
Here is my itinerary with shorter stages:) We have made all our accommodation reservations for this part of our Camino, so no concerns on whether or not we'll find a place to stay for the evening. For the Camino Inglés our plan is to go with the flow and stay in the albergues along the way because the infrastructure is well established for the pilgrims.


Day 1: Ribadeo to Praia das Catedrais 17.80 km (11.06 mi)


Day 2: Praia das Catedrais to Foz 21.80 km (13.54 mi)


Day 3: Foz to Burela 19.70 km (12.24 mi)


Day 4: Burela to San Cibrao (Ciprián) 13.00 km (8 mi)


Day 5: San Cibrao to Viveiro 22.20 km (13.79 mi)


Day 6: Viveiro to O Vicedo 21.41 km (13.30 mi)


Day 7: O Vicedo to O Porto de Espasante 17.42 km (10.82 mi) (Taxi to Ortigueira*)


Day 8: Ortigueira to San Andrés de Teixido 22.40 km (13.91 mi) (Taxi to Cedeira*)


Day 9: Cedeira to Valdoviño 19.16 km (11.90 mi)


Day 10: Valdoviño to Ferrol 23.41 km (14.54 mi)


* Arranged
 

peregrina2000

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Looks so great! Is there a place to stay right at Praia das Catedrais? You probably already know this, but you can check online to see when low tide is and that is just absolutely the best time to go.

You’ve already got things figured out, but I wonder if you have seen @magwood’s blog? She walked the Ruta del Mar 5 or 6 years ago.
 
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Looks so great! Is there a place to stay right at Praia das Catedrais? You probably already know this, but you can check online to see when low tide is and that is just absolutely the best time to go.
We're actually staying in Reinante about 2.5 km inland at Pensión Elena:) And we definitely are planning to be at Praia das Catedrais at low tide. I'm sure it will be a memorable highlight of my Camino:)

Indeed, yes I saw @magwood’s blog and right away knew that I wouldn't be able to cover the daily long distances that she walked. Her blog is chock full of helpful information, and I loved her photos and description of the daily stages she did!
 
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pilgrimjim

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Thanks to you all for your helpful thoughts. Hoping to walk the Do Mar in September but wondering about the best way to get from Madrid to ribadeo. Rome2Rio suggests flying to A Coruna and taking a bus from there. Agree???
 

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Thanks to you all for your helpful thoughts. Hoping to walk the Do Mar in September but wondering about the best way to get from Madrid to ribadeo. Rome2Rio suggests flying to A Coruna and taking a bus from there. Agree???
I haven’t any alternative suggestions but if you take this option check out the airline Volotea. They seem to be very cheap with generous luggage allowances.
 
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Thanks to you all for your helpful thoughts. Hoping to walk the Do Mar in September but wondering about the best way to get from Madrid to ribadeo. Rome2Rio suggests flying to A Coruna and taking a bus from there. Agree???
We flew to Madrid on AA and from Madrid to Oviedo on Iberia in April. Stayed in Oviedo for a couple of days and then took the bus to Ribadeo. It took about 2h 30m.
 
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We flew to Madrid on AA and from Madrid to Oviedo on Iberia in April. Stayed in Oviedo for a couple of days and then took the bus to Ribadeo. It took about 2h 30m.
Hi Peregrina, I've just started playing with the idea of doing the Ruta do Mar and the Ingles for my Camino in September. I saw that you had arranged all your accommodations ahead of time, yes? So I'm wondering if that's necessary (or can I make arrangements a day or two before)? Would you say it's a lot more expensive than staying in albergues? Any other advice? I've done a bunch of caminos already and I'll be going alone. Don't mind a little solitude, especially if it's a trade off for some excellent views and good food.

Or should I just stick with the Ingles/Finisterre/Muxia route?

Cat
 
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Hi Cat, the reason I made accommodation arrangements ahead of time was because there is no infrastructure for Peregrinos along the Ruta do Mar yet, because it is just recently been recognized by the Xunta de Galicia as an official Camino de Santiago, so the albergues are far and few in between. Because of Covid - so many closures, I wanted to make sure that places were open and I had a place to stay according to my daily itinerary - I just did not want to find myself having to walk longer than planned to find lodging. Yes, accommodations were more expensive than staying at an albergue but I really didn't have much of a choice. With a group of 5 it was economically feasible to stay at apartments, pensiones and hotels.

In September I don't think you'll have any trouble booking a day or two ahead. Yes, the views are absolutely breathtaking and, of course the food is incredible all along the Ruta do Mar! You will have solitude - I personally loved it, and honestly it's what I enjoy the most as I walk my Caminos.

When we finished the Ruta do Mar we stayed in Ferrol for 3 nights and then my husband and I went on to do the Camino Inglés - which is wonderful - but quite different than being by the sea. In Santiago we spent 4 nights and went on to Porto for a few days before going to Madrid to visit family and then fly back home.

I have been to both Finisterre and Muxía but never walked the Camino to get there. This Camino is well established and I imagine it's also very beautiful. So now you have choices to make, but I'm pretty sure you wouldn't regret doing the Ruta do Mar. The Mar Cantábrico is raw and wild!! Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have more questions, I'll be glad to help:)

Ultreïa!

Mary
 
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Thanks, Mary. I appreciate the info. It sounds lovely. I'll consult the guidebook and make a decision. I do plan to walk the Ingles after and then maybe to Finisterre and Muxia if I have time. :)
 

pilgrimjim

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Thanks, Mary. I appreciate the info. It sounds lovely. I'll consult the guidebook and make a decision. I do plan to walk the Ingles after and then maybe to Finisterre and Muxia if I have time. :)
Hi Cat!
My friend and I will not be far behind. Leaving Ribadeo on September 28. Walk well and leave bread crumbs!
 
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Thanks, Mary. I appreciate the info. It sounds lovely. I'll consult the guidebook and make a decision. I do plan to walk the Ingles after and then maybe to Finisterre and Muxia if I have time. :)
I am not sure if you've seen this Spanish government website of the Camino Natural del Cantábrico - which we followed to the end because Ruta do Mar is not signed yet, at all! They have excellent maps that you can print or simply download to use on your mobile phone.


So, my suggestion is do not follow the guide when it takes you inland because the locals have no clue where the trails are and you could very easily get lost. The Camino Natural del Cantábrico is the way to go, and most of all, it's well marked;-)
 
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I am not sure if you've seen this Spanish government website of the Camino Natural del Cantábrico - which we followed to the end because Ruta do Mar is not signed yet, at all! They have excellent maps that you can print or simply download to use on your mobile phone.


So, my suggestion is do not follow the guide when it takes you inland because the locals have no clue where the trails are and you could very easily get lost. The Camino Natural del Cantábrico is the way to go, and most of all, it's well marked;-)
Thanks, Mary. I did find that webpage and it looks helpful. I also bought the Cicerone guidebook for the Ingles and the Ruta do Mar. It's been good; I've been planning all morning. Looks like they give alternative routes pretty often and then suggest one or the other. I was also able to download klm files to use on maps.me from Cicerone.

It looks doable in about 7 days and there are a few hostels and even the hotels seem reasonably priced. I might have to take a taxi one day at Teixido (or walk an extra 10k, we'll see how that plays out). I might go ahead and book things ahead of time before i leave, just for the peace of mind.

And this webpage had a lot of good info, if anyone's interested: https://www.goingthewholehogg.com/west-highland-way-guide/

Thanks for your help.
 
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Hi Cat!
My friend and I will not be far behind. Leaving Ribadeo on September 28. Walk well and leave bread crumbs!
Hey Jim, good for you! Have you done any advanced planning? I'm doing my first draft planning this morning. I'm a little nervous about getting off the beaten path but that's the fun of it, yes?

Have a good walk!
 
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Thanks, Mary. I did find that webpage and it looks helpful. I also bought the Cicerone guidebook for the Ingles and the Ruta do Mar. It's been good; I've been planning all morning. Looks like they give alternative routes pretty often and then suggest one or the other. I was also able to download klm files to use on maps.me from Cicerone.

It looks doable in about 7 days and there are a few hostels and even the hotels seem reasonably priced. I might have to take a taxi one day at Teixido (or walk an extra 10k, we'll see how that plays out). I might go ahead and book things ahead of time before i leave, just for the peace of mind.

And this webpage had a lot of good info, if anyone's interested: https://www.goingthewholehogg.com/west-highland-way-guide/

Thanks for your help.
Oops! Sorry wrong link! Unless you're doing the West Highland Way! LOL!
 
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Thanks, Mary. I did find that webpage and it looks helpful. I also bought the Cicerone guidebook for the Ingles and the Ruta do Mar. It's been good; I've been planning all morning. Looks like they give alternative routes pretty often and then suggest one or the other. I was also able to download klm files to use on maps.me from Cicerone.

It looks doable in about 7 days and there are a few hostels and even the hotels seem reasonably priced. I might have to take a taxi one day at Teixido (or walk an extra 10k, we'll see how that plays out). I might go ahead and book things ahead of time before i leave, just for the peace of mind.

And this webpage had a lot of good info, if anyone's interested: https://www.goingthewholehogg.com/west-highland-way-guide/

Thanks for your help.
You'll be fine and I think it's pretty smart to book ahead of time! I don't think you'll have any problem getting a taxi to pick you up in San Andrés de Teixido - it's really worth it spending time there without being in a hurry!
 
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Not a problem, Cat! I'm actually thinking of doing the John Muir Way in Scotland and just received my guidebook;-) This look very doable as well! Thanks!
I'm walking the West Highland Way with my partner the first two weeks of September and then flying over to Spain to walk a Camino. Planning both simultaneously. Three and a half weeks to go!
 
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I'm walking the West Highland Way with my partner the first two weeks of September and then flying over to Spain to walk a Camino. Planning both simultaneously. Three and a half weeks to go!
I hope you have a memorable journey, Cat!! You'll have to tell me all about the WHW! I am in the beginning of my planning for spring next year:)
 

pilgrimjim

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Frances. 2017
Do Mar/Ingles. 2022
Hey Jim, good for you! Have you done any advanced planning? I'm doing my first draft planning this morning. I'm a little nervous about getting off the beaten path but that's the fun of it, yes?

Have a good walk!
We’ve been planning for several months and have reservations for every night. We chose this route partially because of the numbers of people walking the Frances and Portugal, Covid still being a concern. We also have some uncertainty after Teixido but I’ve been using both Cicerone and Wikiloc to plan. As mentioned by another, we’re often following the Cantabrico route as it stays closer to the coast and is better marked.
Buen Camino
 

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