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The Dragonte Option

Sanchezac

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2011, 2012 & 2013
#1
Hi all, APOC member Patrick Eibergen and I have spent a few days last week waymarking the whole Dragonte route from Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerias for those intrepid enough to walk it. We believe that it's now doable without getting lost, and for those looking for the correct exit in Villafranca del Bierzo (which is not marked) you cross the pilgrim bridge in town, ignore the right turn up for the Camino Duro, and when the road sweeps right to follow the regular Camino Frances - bear left and continue passing the N-VI tunnel to your right and crossing the main road (carefully) then proceeding towards Corullon until you see a sign to Dragonte up to the right which you should take.

Buen Camino to all, and I would love to hear from pilgrims who have navigated the Dragonte route since October 1st 2016 with our new waymarking to give feedback!

Matt
 

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domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x3), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham.
2018? CF, again :-)
#2
Thanks! Maybe next time. It was just too hot last August to try something new and more demanding and it was also a bit late in the day.
But it is definitely tempting! :)
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Camino Portugues 2018

Now: http://egeria.house/
#3
Many thanks for doing this! Any chance you could write up a sweet and short guide for the resources section here? That would be so helpful! Buen Camino, SY
 

Sanchezac

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2011, 2012 & 2013
#4
Many thanks for doing this! Any chance you could write up a sweet and short guide for the resources section here? That would be so helpful! Buen Camino, SY
Nice idea, I know Patrick has kept a blog so I'll link that in. I used John Brierley's written description as a rough guide, however there were 3 mistakes that would send a pilgrim well off course - I have emailed him with correction, so hopefully that'll make the 2017 edition.
 

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Vinnie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Arles- Muxia 2010 Sep- Dec
Arles- Muxia 2013 Sep- Dec
SJPP- Santiago 2014- 2015 Dec- Jan
Arles- Muxia 2016 Sep- Dec
#6
I've walked the Dragonte option on all three of my caminos and plan on walking it again when I hit it this November, currently in Toulouse on the Arles way, I never got lost or saw another pilgrim on the route. It's a nice quiet beautiful option but not for everyone I suppose. It definitely wasn't well way marked and without the Brierley guide I would definitely had gotten lost the first time. The second and third time I remembered the way without the guide. Looking forward to seeing your handy work, thanks :)
 

Sanchezac

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2011, 2012 & 2013
#7
The Dragonte option is one of the few remaining ways to make one's Camino unique. A map and markings may make it easier. Adding some cafes and beds would be even better!
The owner of the Albergue Leo in Villafranca have a museum house in Dragonte that they are thinking of opening up as an albergue in the near future! I have also heard that in Villasinde they may have one in 2018
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#8
This is great news. @Rebekah Scott ready to have another go? I'll be back next May.
 

Rcowbury

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Sept/Oct 2016
#9
I walked the Dragonte yesterday (Oct 13) without getting lost once, and probably due to your well placed little arrows, Matt! Thanks to you & Patrick for taking the time to do it.

The one place I had doubts about was OK the second ascent after the old ruins at the bottom. The hairpin path up the hill pops out at a junction about halfway up and I wasn't sure whether to go left or right. There was actually a digger there so the extra path may be quite new. The answer for anyone else doing it is GO RIGHT!

Thanks again to you and everyone else who keep the paths and arrows fresh for all us other pilgrims.
 

Sanchezac

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2011, 2012 & 2013
#10
I walked the Dragonte yesterday (Oct 13) without getting lost once, and probably due to your well placed little arrows, Matt! Thanks to you & Patrick for taking the time to do it.

The one place I had doubts about was OK the second ascent after the old ruins at the bottom. The hairpin path up the hill pops out at a junction about halfway up and I wasn't sure whether to go left or right. There was actually a digger there so the extra path may be quite new. The answer for anyone else doing it is GO RIGHT!

Thanks again to you and everyone else who keep the paths and arrows fresh for all us other pilgrims.
Great stuff, there should be an arrow on a rock there by the new digger path on the ground - you may have missed it, or it may have been moved! I'm really glad you found it ok and I hope many more will be encouraged to take this beautiful route!
 

Black and the Red

Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
French way (June 2018) with Finisterra. Camino Dragonte being considered en route.
#11
Hi all, APOC member Patrick Eibergen and I have spent a few days last week waymarking the whole Dragonte route from Villafranca del Bierzo to Las Herrerias for those intrepid enough to walk it. We believe that it's now doable without getting lost, and for those looking for the correct exit in Villafranca del Bierzo (which is not marked) you cross the pilgrim bridge in town, ignore the right turn up for the Camino Duro, and when the road sweeps right to follow the regular Camino Frances - bear left and continue passing the N-VI tunnel to your right and crossing the main road (carefully) then proceeding towards Corullon until you see a sign to Dragonte up to the right which you should take.

Buen Camino to all, and I would love to hear from pilgrims who have navigated the Dragonte route since October 1st 2016 with our new waymarking to give feedback!

Matt
I'll be taking this route around the back end of June 2018. Spent the last few days reading up on it so I don't get lost. Good to hear some arrows have been placed. I'll be making notes along the way to post when I get back. Hopefully all the work you did is as you left it.
 

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