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blvdve

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Camino Sanabrés from Ourense, September 2019
Hello, all. My daughter and I will be walking the last 100+ km of the Camino Sanabrés in September. For personal and medical reasons, we will be keeping our stages reasonably short, and staying in hostals/casas rural. One of our stops is at Estacion Lalin, where we intended to veer slightly off-path and stay overnight in Lalin. My question: if we walk directly from Lalin to Silleda, we're not walking the Sanabrés any more, but the Invierno, so is this going to be a problem as far as the Compostela goes? Having, hopefully, the two stamps a day, but with a bit of a different Camino in the middle? Or is it wiser to taxi back to Estacion Lalin to pick up the Sanabrés? Grateful for any input! :)
 

peregrina2000

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The Estación de Lalín is about 4-5 km from the town of Lalín. So you would have to walk to Lalín and then go to silleda from there. It may be the case that you would intersect with the Invierno before you got to Lalín, but I don’t think so. If I’m doing the math righy, from Lalín Station to Lalín to Silleda would be about 15 km so that seems to fit the bill for you.

Where are you staying the night before Lalín Station?

As far as the Compostela goes, I can’t think of any reason why the deviation would be a problem.
 

Stroller

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Norte (2015), Frances (2016)
As I understand it you must, if walking, walk a minimum of 100kM and obtain at least 2 stamps per day to qualify for a compostela. What route you take is up too you as long as the distance is at least 100kM and you end up in Santiago. No doubt one of the more learned in the rules, such as @t2andreo will be along soon to confirm or contradict me.
 

Raggy

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Im not sure if I understand your question properly, but hope this helps -

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One of our stops is at Estacion Lalin, where we intended to veer slightly off-path and stay overnight in Lalin.
There is a hotel at Estacion Lalin - Hostal A Taberna de Vento so it's possible to overnight there without diverting into the town of Lalin itself. (Having said that, the albergue at Lalin central is a super albergue with one of the nicest owners I've met, so you won't regret going there if you choose to).
I think Gronze indicates €35 for shared room - Call to confirm.
If that price is correct, I think it's more expensive than staying at an albergue, but worth considering.

if we walk directly from Lalin to Silleda, we're not walking the Sanabrés any more, but the Invierno, so is this going to be a problem as far as the Compostela goes?
I walked from somewhere between Estacion and Donsion to central Lalin because it was getting dark and I was confused. Next day I walked from central Lalin to A Laxe to rejoin the Sanabrés. It's fine. I claimed my Compostela without feeling guilty. Since I walked two sides of a triangle, I calculate that I walked about 5km more than I would have if I'd continued on the direct route.

Having, hopefully, the two stamps a day, but with a bit of a different Camino in the middle? Or is it wiser to taxi back to Estacion Lalin to pick up the Sanabrés? Grateful for any input! :)
The only reason to go back to Estacion that I can think of is that the walk is a bit nicer than going through the industrial estate after Lalin.
 

blvdve

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Camino Sanabrés from Ourense, September 2019
The Estación de Lalín is about 4-5 km from the town of Lalín. So you would have to walk to Lalín and then go to silleda from there. It may be the case that you would intersect with the Invierno before you got to Lalín, but I don’t think so. If I’m doing the math righy, from Lalín Station to Lalín to Silleda would be about 15 km so that seems to fit the bill for you.

Where are you staying the night before Lalín Station?

As far as the Compostela goes, I can’t think of any reason why the deviation would be a problem.
Thank you! (and thank you, too, for all your wonderful, useful information on this forum!) Yes, it's a bit of an extra walk, but the Hostal also has a pick-up service, so we'll see how it goes. We'll be walking from O Castro Dozon, but sleeping at Cea the night before (transfer service, worked best for us).
 

blvdve

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Camino Sanabrés from Ourense, September 2019
As I understand it you must, if walking, walk a minimum of 100kM and obtain at least 2 stamps per day to qualify for a compostela. What route you take is up too you as long as the distance is at least 100kM and you end up in Santiago. No doubt one of the more learned in the rules, such as @t2andreo will be along soon to confirm or contradict me.
I kind of thought so - have read of people changing Caminos before - but wanted to be sure. Thank you!
 

blvdve

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Camino Sanabrés from Ourense, September 2019
Im not sure if I understand your question properly, but hope this helps -

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There is a hotel at Estacion Lalin - Hostal A Taberna de Vento so it's possible to overnight there without diverting into the town of Lalin itself. (Having said that, the albergue at Lalin central is a super albergue with one of the nicest owners I've met, so you won't regret going there if you choose to).
I think Gronze indicates €35 for shared room - Call to confirm.
If that price is correct, I think it's more expensive than staying at an albergue, but worth considering.


I walked from somewhere between Estacion and Donsion to central Lalin because it was getting dark and I was confused. Next day I walked from central Lalin to A Laxe to rejoin the Sanabrés. It's fine. I claimed my Compostela without feeling guilty. Since I walked two sides of a triangle, I calculate that I walked about 5km more than I would have if I'd continued on the direct route.


The only reason to go back to Estacion that I can think of is that the walk is a bit nicer than going through the industrial estate after Lalin.
That map is super, thank you...I'm not great at navigating Gronze, will explore more. And I'll check out that Albergue, though we do have an accommodation tentatively planned. There was suddenly availability at A Taberno de Vento, which is why I started overthinking things. :) Staying in Estacion would be handy to the route, but not great for stocking up on fruit and snacks for the weekend. and then I read an Invierno thread about walking out of Lalin, and figured combining Caminos for a few km's might be best. But if the walk is nicer? I guess I have more overthinking to do. ☺
 

Raggy

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There was suddenly availability at A Taberno de Vento, which is why I started overthinking things.
If you have a reservation at A Taberno de Vento, then you're all set - Accommodation directly on the Camino Sanabrés. No need to take a diversion into Lalin.

Staying in Estacion would be handy to the route, but not great for stocking up on fruit and snacks for the weekend.
When you check in at the Taberna, tell them that you would like them to prepare food for you to take away next day. At the very least, they should be able to wrap some tortilla, or a bocadillo in foil for you. If you have specific dietary requirements, then you might want to email them your rider in advance.

But if the walk is nicer? I guess I have more overthinking to do.
After my Camino, I went back to Lalin to walk the bit of the Sanabrés that I missed. So you don't need to take my word for it - I can provide photographic evidence. As you can see, the walk from central Lalin is less rural. If you prefer rural, then I don't think you need to think about this any more - Stay at Estacion. Don't divert to central Lalin. Stay on the Sanabres and enjoy!

1. Leaving central Lalin on a crisp, sunny, morning (30/Nov)

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2. Walking from Estacion on a wet December morning (9/Dec)

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KinkyOne

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I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Hello, all. My daughter and I will be walking the last 100+ km of the Camino Sanabrés in September. For personal and medical reasons, we will be keeping our stages reasonably short, and staying in hostals/casas rural. One of our stops is at Estacion Lalin, where we intended to veer slightly off-path and stay overnight in Lalin. My question: if we walk directly from Lalin to Silleda, we're not walking the Sanabrés any more, but the Invierno, so is this going to be a problem as far as the Compostela goes? Having, hopefully, the two stamps a day, but with a bit of a different Camino in the middle? Or is it wiser to taxi back to Estacion Lalin to pick up the Sanabrés? Grateful for any input! :)
As already suggested if the hostal in Estacion Lalin doesn't break your budget then there's no need to go to Lalin (apart from few good restaurants, the river walk, promenade, ATMs etc.) and just stay on Sanabres.

Last year I came to Estacion Lalin on Sanabres but diverted to Lalin because I wanted to check the new markings on the way out of Lalin (on Invierno). That was the only reason. Anyway if you will go to Lalin it's only that short stretch to A Laxe municipal albergue where you reconnect with Sanabres. I doubt very much anyone in Pilgrim Office would even notice that ;)
 

Raggy

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I doubt very much anyone in Pilgrim Office would even notice that
Yes. As long as you can fake the location data on your phone and bluff your way though the lie detector test, you'll get past their usual checks. They don't often do the forensic analysis of residues in your boot treads.
 

blvdve

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Sanabrés from Ourense, September 2019
If you have a reservation at A Taberno de Vento, then you're all set - Accommodation directly on the Camino Sanabrés. No need to take a diversion into Lalin.


When you check in at the Taberna, tell them that you would like them to prepare food for you to take away next day. At the very least, they should be able to wrap some tortilla, or a bocadillo in foil for you. If you have specific dietary requirements, then you might want to email them your rider in advance.



After my Camino, I went back to Lalin to walk the bit of the Sanabrés that I missed. So you don't need to take my word for it - I can provide photographic evidence. As you can see, the walk from central Lalin is less rural. If you prefer rural, then I don't think you need to think about this any more - Stay at Estacion. Don't divert to central Lalin. Stay on the Sanabres and enjoy!

1. Leaving central Lalin on a crisp, sunny, morning (30/Nov)

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2. Walking from Estacion on a wet December morning (9/Dec)

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Those photos (as they say, worth a thousand words)! Thank you! We will definitely try to just follow the Sanabrés, though it might mean a "commute" to/from Lalin, as that is where we have our booking. We do prefer rural, especially my daughter, who thrives on the beauty of British Columbia, and that path looks lovely.
 

blvdve

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Sanabrés from Ourense, September 2019
As already suggested if the hostal in Estacion Lalin doesn't break your budget then there's no need to go to Lalin (apart from few good restaurants, the river walk, promenade, ATMs etc.) and just stay on Sanabres.

Last year I came to Estacion Lalin on Sanabres but diverted to Lalin because I wanted to check the new markings on the way out of Lalin (on Invierno). That was the only reason. Anyway if you will go to Lalin it's only that short stretch to A Laxe municipal albergue where you reconnect with Sanabres. I doubt very much anyone in Pilgrim Office would even notice that ;)
Thanks for weighing in. :) The hostal in Estacion is just a wee bit dearer than the one we booked in Lalin, but the "few good restaurants, the river walk, promenade, ATMs" could be handy, as could the shops and the kitchen at the hostal, as daughter is vegetarian and it might be nice to have a kitchen for one night. We'll see. I am ever-so-grateful for everyone's input!
 

blvdve

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Camino Sanabrés from Ourense, September 2019
Yes. As long as you can fake the location data on your phone and bluff your way though the lie detector test, you'll get past their usual checks. They don't often do the forensic analysis of residues in your boot treads.
:D:D I'll keep this in mind, and save all my receipts just in case!
 

Raggy

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Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
I was a little confused by the last messages, so I re-read the thread and I think I understand your plans now:
1. You're going to walk as far as Estacion de Lalin.
2. In Estacion, you'll be picked up by car (provided by a hostal in Lalin)
3. The next morning you'll either get a taxi back to Estacion or you'll walk from Lalin.
Is that right?
If that's the plan, then my preference would be to take a taxi back to Estacion in the morning. I have two reasons - First, the walk is nicer. Second, I prefer to walk a contiguous Camino. Even if it's interrupted with a year's break in the middle, I like to be able to imagine a joined up line on the map from start to finish.

Just my opinion, but if you're planning to spend a night in Lalin and cook your own vegetarian dinner, the albergue is hard to beat. It has a clean, well equipped kitchen. It's located over a covered shopping arcade with a very friendly green grocer's shop a few meters from its front door.. A couple of the taxi firms in Lalin have posted their phone number on signs on that stretch of Camino - so you don't need to rely on the hostal for transportation.
 

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