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    Aviles to Soto de Barco Approx 20k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 10, 2014

    Stevie and I got up early and met up with Birgit at the bus station as she had to get back to Madrid for her flight back to Germany, So after saying our good bye’s, we had our breakfast in the bar next to the bus station before heading up the street opposite the bus station to pick up the route. The route is a bit circuitous, it climbs out of Aviles on a minor road then heads back east for a short distance, so the sea was to the left of us !! Then we turned left onto a track and dropped steeply into Salinas. after walking through the town we then climbed a little on a minor road, then a track to Raices Viejo, then severly undulating on a minor road onto San Martin Laspra, then back down to El Ponton, then mainly on tracks with more undulations to Ventaniella and on to Santiago del Monte, Here we had a few problems with finding the onwards route, after spending about ½ hour looking for the walking route as described in the CSJ guide and not finding it, we had little option but to follow the longer cyclists route, we picked this up after crossing the new road which serves Asturias Airport, finding a sign pointing us uphill on a minor road. we followed this minor road, it soon levelled out and went under the M-Way. Shortly after that we found a marker sending walkers left of the minor road on a track into the woods, so we took this track then soon came to another sign pointing us left, but it had a Huge X through it, not sure if we were doing the right thing, we kept on going, slightly uphill on a rough track and didn’t see another sign for what seemed like a Long Time. Thankfully after some time we then found another marker and after that the route levelled out somewhat and was well waymarked as we continued through the forest. Then after a right turn we stated to drop slowly downhill, then steeply after a while and then we came to an unmarked Y junction. For no particular reason we took the left fork and this must have been correct as it dropped us back onto the road opposite El Castillo de San Martin. We crossed the busy road and then climbed steeply up into the village of El Castilo de San Martin with wonderful views down the coast, then followed a minor road into Soto del Barco. The first thing that we discovered was that Hostal that we intended to stay “Hostal Camino Norte” as closed (Looked like it is permanently closed) so we popped into the bar opposite for a very late lunch and to decide what to do, the only other accommodation available in Soto del Barco is the **** Parador “The Palacio de la Magdalena” which is a magnificent building that overlooks both the town and the sea but looks Very Expensive, Stevie said “Let’s see how much a room is” so I agreed, but without much hope or enthusiasm so was Very Pleased when the receptionist said that we could have an en-suite twin at a special Perigrino rate 0f 50e (23e each) including use of the swimming pool, sauna and spa. We Happily accepted and went to the room, and what a magnificent room it was, large, comfortable, well furnished, huge bathroom and even a sitting room with splendid views over Sot del Barco. The only slight downside was that there was a children’s party taking place in the spa, so we were told that we could use it after 8pm. So we showered and went back down to the bar where we had taken lunch to see about some dinner and were greeted in a very peculiar way, when I asked about food the barman just tutted?? so I looked at Stevie and he looked back at me and we made an exit. Luckily the bar next door “The Bar Stop” gave us a much warmer reception and although they only sold bocadillos, we opted to stay there because it was run by a very friendly lady. On the way down to the bar we encountered a parade of tractors pulling floats with some horsemen and women, all very friendly with the children in the floats even throwing us some sweets !!. After eating and drinking our fill we headed back to The Palacio de la Magdalena and were both too full / tired / lethargic to make use of the spa, so it was bed and sleep !!

    Beautiful views towards Soto de Barco Stevie leaving Aviles The church at Santiago del Monte Route  woodland towards El Castilo de San Martin El Castilo de San Martin
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    Gijon to Aviles Approx 24k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 10, 2014

    The cafe opposite the hotel opened at 8am for breakfast so we took advantage of this before leaving Gijon, then we walked on pavements near the seafront to Puente Seco. stopping for a coffee at what turned out to be the last bar there, Cafe bar Himalaya (right hand side), then we passed through a heavily industrialised are before heading uphill through more rural countryside, walked through Poago, then continued uphill on a minor road that ten turns into a track and levels out before we descended into San Pabo. Then the route continues on a track and eventually drops into Santa Eulalia, and then wends its way to San Juan de Tamon where there is an excellent pilgrim friendly bar “El Llarde Ana” next to some factories, the bar offers a simple 6e Perigrino menu or bocadillos (Closes 17.30 Saturdays and all day Sundays) – Recommended. Then it’s nearly all road walking to Aviles through another heavily industrialised area, the last 5k having numerous bars and restaurants. We looked for The Hostal Villablanca as we arrived at the outskirts of the main town (recommended in the CSJ guidebook) but we were either unable to locate it, or it has changed names, but the area that it is located in looked rather seedy, so we turned right and walked into the centre of the old town of Aviles. Stevie and Birgit then went in search of accommodation while I looked after the bags, they returned about an hour later having had no success, having been to the tourist information centre and checked out all the hotels bar one recommended by them and found them all to be either full or very expensive. the one that they Hadn’t checked out was beyond the bus and train stations, so we decided to walk there and try it, and when we did, we found it to be exactly what we were looking for. The Hotel San Felix at Avida de los Telares 48 is pilgrim friendly and offered us a nice en-suite twin for 35e and a single for Birgit at 25e. After showering we headed back into the centre of town and had a nice meal and a couple of drinks before returning to the hotel and bed.

    Stevie and Birgit approaching San Juan de Tamon The route leaving Puente Seco Peregrino Drinking Station The route near Poago Arriving at Aviles
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    Camping Deva-Gijon (near Somio) to Gijon 8k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 10, 2014

    Alas that site restaurant didn’t open early for breakfast, but at it was only a very short days walk, we weren’t overly concerned. The route was also flat and mainly on minor roads, but very circuitous and although we were soon passing through Somio, we had to walk about 5k before finding a useful bar next to the bridge – Bar Restaurant El Rincon De la Guta where we stopped for breakfast. Then after crossing the bridge, the route took us on a paved path alongside the river and we followed this until it met the main promenade which took us the final couple of kilometres into Gijon – We walked through the old town, crossing the peninsular and came out at the marina on the other side where there is a handily placed Tourist Information Office and as we couldn’t locate the Pension mentioned in the CSJ Guidebook, Stevie and Birgit went there to make enquiries about hotels, then went to check a few out while I stayed looking after the bags – They soon returned and had found rooms at The ** Hostal Covadonga where they had been offered a decent sized twin bedded en-suite room for a very reasonable 30e and a single for Birgit at an equally reasonable 25e. After dropping the bags off we went sightseeing around Gijon, then after a light lunch, returned to the Hostal, had showers and a short siesta before heading out for something to eat and drink – Then, eventually back to the Hostal to sleep.

    The route along the promenade The route through Somio The route on a paved path alongside the river Nearing the old town of Gijon Large old church at Gijon
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    Villaviciosa to Camping near Somio 24k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 10, 2014

    Villaviciosa to Camping Deva-Gijon (near Somio) 24k
    After eating an early substantial breakfast we picked up the route and made our way out of Villaviciosa on a minor road, we past the right turn for Covadonga, then ignored the next right turn for Oviedo on The Camino Primitivo (We had walked this a few years before) we continued on The Camino Norte. The route is well waymarked but is very circuitous as it now takes you in a huge loop to cross the new M-Way before bringing you back towards Villaviciosa where you then turn left and start the long climb, through Nievares where you leave the road behind and head steeply uphill on a concrete track – at the top of the hill you rejoin the minor road and start the long descent to Peon where there is a very useful bar which is your first opportunity for a drink since leaving Villaviciosa – As the bar also serves food, we took an early lunch here before heading back uphill, at first on a minor road, but soon back on a nice wooded track to Cubiello. Then the route undulates, mainly on minor roads before dropping down The Arroyo de Pena Francia and soon after passing Camping Deva-Gijon that offers some of it’s small wooden chalets at a special rate to Perigrino’s – We went to the main camping reception (That also contains a small shop) and checked in, the special price accommodation available to Perigrino’s costs 5e per head and is in small wooden cabins with 6 beds (3 sets of bunks) with an attached toilet, hot showers are available in a separate shower block. Initially we had a 6 bedded cabin between the 3 of us, but two other Russian / Polish Perigrino’s turned up so it was a bit tight !! We then went to the site restaurant that offered a surprisingly good Perigrino Menu at a reasonable cost, so we availed ourselves of this washed down by the usual excellent red wine before returning to our cabin to sleep

    Now that?s what I call a cider barrel Birgit on the route after leaving Villaviciosa The steep path towards Peon Rob on the way towards the Arroyo de Pena Francia Birgit entering our cabin at Camping Deva-Gijon
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    La Isla to Villaviciosa 22.5k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 9, 2014

    We had an early start and unfortunately there was nowhere open for breakfast, so we left La Isla and after a small problem picking up the route we arrived at Covian and from there onto the town of Colunga on a mixture of tracks and minor roads – Here we found a bar open for breakfast before continuing on, uphill, on minor roads to Pernus, then, still mainly uphill through La Llera to Priesca before descending to La Vega and from there onto Sebrayo, passing the Albergue and following a minor road into Villaviciosa. We stopped in the town centre for a late lunch and to ask directions to The ** Hotel Carlos 1 which we had seen advertised – It turned out that The Hotel Carlos 1 was a superb choice as apart from it being a delightful building, the Lady running it was very pilgrim friendly and offered us a wonderful large twin bedded en-suite room for a very reasonable 30e that even included an early breakfast (Birgit paid 20e for a single room). After showering we went out, first of all sitting out in the afternoon sunshine and having a drink, then returning to the restaurant where we took lunch for our dinner and then after another drink, back to the hotel and bed

    Stevie and Birgit en-route after La Isla Beautiful Andaluc��an Countryside Beautiful Wild Flowers Motorway in the Sky near Sebrayo Stevie and Birgit entering Villaviciosa
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    Ribadesella to La Isla 19.5k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 9, 2014

    Bob and Cal arose early and made Stevie and myself Bacon Butties for breakfast, Birgit being a vegetarian didn’t partake, then after saying our fond farewells and thanking them for their kind hospitality we set off, crossing the road bridge and stopping at a pharmacy to by a heavy duty knee brace and then continuing through the suburbs of Ribadesella. My knee was still painful, but it did seem a little easier than it had been. The first 5k were on minor roads, mainly uphill through Leces, then onto a track down to the sea La Vega, we were hoping to have a coffee in a bar overlooking the sea, but alas, it was still closed at 11.30am, so we continued along the coast, but fairly high above it on anther track to Berbes. from there we continued past El Arenl de Moris and onto La Espasa nearer the sea to where we found a bar overlooking the sea open for lunch and from there we followed the road to La Isla. After ignoring the first left turn signed into the village, we took the second turn, walked into the village, then left past a distinctive bar, green painted and of metal construction and slightly uphill to find the house of Angelita, the Hospitalario. There was a small queue of other Perigrino’s waiting for her, but she soon arrived and checked us into the Albergue. We then walked up to the Albergue, selected our beds and showered – Stevie and Birgit went out sightseeing and I rested for a while before heading back to the bar where I bought a bottle of red wine and awaited their return. After a short while sitting in the evening sunshine, Stevie and Birgit arrived and we sat outside and drank the wine before heading inside and taking advantage of the Perigrino Menu on offer, Good food at a reasonable price – The couple (That we later found out were Freddie and Sabine) on the next table kindly gave us ½ a bottle of wine – After drinking this we made our way back to the Albergue to sleep.

    Stevie and Birgit approaching Leces The route out of Ribadesella Beautiful coastal path after Leces Approaching La Espasa The beach near La Espasa
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    Ribadesella

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 9, 2014

    After packing, but not checking out of the pension, Birgit, Stevie and myself all went out for breakfast, then I took myself to the “Abiatori”, It took a good 10 minutes for the reception staff to register me using my European health card (E111), I was then shown to a waiting room and by bottom had barely touched the chair when a young lady doctor ushered me into a consulting room, she examined my knee, I showed her the medication that I was currently taking and a map showing how far I had come and how far I was going and she explained to me in broken English (Which was a Lot better than my own broken Spanish) that as I was already taking the maximum dose of the strongest anti-inflammatory tablets and strong pain killers, that “Walk is Over” – To this I replied that this “Wasn’t an option”, then showing her some papers showing her that this was my 20th walk raising money for Cancer Research, The Longest walk that I had ever attempted and was my “Swansong” so that failure to complete the walk wasn’t on, so she scratched her head and said “What to Do??” – So I suggested Cortisone to which she replied “Mmmm Corisonas” – After a while she pressed a button on her desk and soon afterwards a nurse came in, after a conversation in Spanish the nurse checked my blood pressure, pricked my finger and checked my blood, the doctor listened to my heart and then said – You are fit, so OK, I will give you the Cortisonas but there are no guarantees and after 30 days it is finished, to which I replied that I would be in Santiago in 30 days or not at all. The nurse then disappeared, and came back a few minutes later with the Cortisone and a syringe and needle and told me to drop my pants, this came as a bit of a shock as I had expected the injection in my knee !!?? – So, I dropped my pants and the nurse gave me the injection into my bottom, saying “There will be pain” and she was right !! The Doctor then wrote up a report as well as a prescription for some tablets to settle my stomach should the cortisone or the anti-inflammatory tablets upset it, I asked her was there anything else I should do, she said that I should continue taking the anti-inflammatory tablets that I was already on and that I should buy a knee brace – I then asked how much money I owed her, to which she replied “Nothing” and after wishing me Good Luck, that was it – All done and dusted in less than an hour. I then went back into town and met up with Birgit, Stevie, Bob and Cal and reported what had happened back to them, we then checked out of the Pension and moved our gear up to Bob and Cal’s. Bob and Cal then asked us if there was anything special that we wanted to do in the afternoon, Bob had been telling me about a place called Covadonga the night before So I asked how far away it was and he said, not so far and that he and Cal would happily take us there in their car – So it was agreed and we were soon on our way south and up into the foothills of the Pecos Europa. Covadonga was absolutely stunning and we all enjoyed it, we had a late lunch in the cafe there before Bob and Cal decided that as we were so close that we should go and see some high lakes at the end of a very steep and narrow road above Covadonga and in the heart of The Pecos Europa, so off we went, up, up and up some more with awesome views back to the coast. We drove past the first lake and then onto the second one at end of the narrow road, we walked down to the edge of the lake and suddenly the mist dropped and we couldn’t even see the car-park, luckily we knew which direction to walk in and were soon safely back at the car and drove slowly back down the mountain, the mist soon cleared and we drove safely back past Covadonga and back to Ribadesella. A wonderful and totally unplanned day out !! When we got back to Bob and Cal’s house Bob said that he would cook us all dinner, Stevie and Birgit went out “Sightseeing” (But really to buy some drinks) and I stayed in resting my knee – We had a great evening, wonderful food and good company and “Hope” for the Camino in the coming days – This all followed with a comfortable bed and a good night sleep !!

    Bob and Cal at thier Ribadesella Home The ���Abiatori���, Covadonga High up in the Picos Europa Sunset at Ribadesella
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    Celorio to Ribadesella (24k)

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 9, 2014

    After taking our bread and jam breakfast on the balcony we set off along the coast on a minor road to Barro, my knee was very painful and the pace was very slow. then the route heads inland and after a while crosses the M-Way, here there is a very useful bar on the slip road that was open, so we took advantage of this for a proper breakfast before continuing along the road, we then elected to walk along the quiet N634 to minimise the ups and downs to try to take some of the strain off my painful knee. we continued along the N634 for the remainder of the days walk, the road was quiet and we had good views of the mountains to our left – we passed through a few small villages, Belmonte has a nice friendly roadside bar but didn’t sell bocadillos, so we made do with crisps and a soft drink for a late lunch before continuing on to the large town of Ribadesella. Here we selected The Pension Arbidel in the old town who offered us a nice en-suite twin room for 38e – Our friend Birgit from Germany was joining us in Ribadesella, so I sent her a text saying where we were before heading to the shower – Birgit then joined us so we all went out for dinner, we then moved to a local bar to discuss our plans, both Birgit and Stevie were wanting me to go to see a doctor about my painful knee, but ii was less than keen on the idea as I couldn’t see what could be done and was in fear of being told that my walk was over – Then one of those Strange Small World Scenarios happened – a lady came out of the bar, pointed at Stevie and said “Stufi” – Then pointed at me and said “Rob” – Then disappeared back into the bar and came out with her husband --- It was Stevie’s old next-door neighbours from Gosforth who he had lost touch with and hadn’t seen them since his wedding, 8 ½ years before. They had bought a house in Ribadesella and just happened to be out because there was football on TV and had picked the same bar as us. They listened to our “Crack” and told me that there was an excellent “Abiatori” in town and that it would open at 10am the next morning and that I “Must” go, and then take the day off the next day to rest and as they had two spare bedrooms, stay with them the next night – so reluctantly and unenthusiastically agreed, we then went up to bob and Cal’s house and had a beer on their terrace with them and before leaving, agreed to meet up again at 11am the next morning for a coffee and I would tell them how I had made out, then returned to our pension to sleep.

    Rugged Coast The coast before Barro Route after Barro Road and rail paralleling along the coast Nueva, last village before Ribadesella
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    La Franca to Celorio (Approx 24K)

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 9, 2014

    After a reasonable breakfast we set off on minor roads through some nice countryside with occasional glimpses of the sea. The route, mainly sticking to minor roads and taking us through several small villages and hamlets - Then after some time we came to the nice little fishing port of Llanes (All Facilities) – Here we went into a small shops and bought ourselves the first Empanado’s of the trip, we sat and ate these on a bench overlooking the small harbour before continuing, again on a minor road to the amusingly named village of Poo (Two useful bars, both near the FEVE station) – Here we left the road and continued on a beautiful track along the coast to the small town of Celorio – Here we went in search of accommodation, first we tried “The Pension Chiki” (As recommended in the CSJ guidebook) but no one was answering either the door or the phone so we then selected the Perigrino friendly ** Hotel Moran near the FEVE station where we were offered a very nice twin bedded en-suite room with a balcony for a very reasonable 35e (17.5e each) When unpacking I discovered that my new tablet had developed a crack in the screen and would no longer work, I recalled that at one point when I was sitting resting my ever aching knee, that I had pushed myself up using my rucksack, so surmised that this is when ii must have cracked, but as it wasn’t such an expensive thing, I was happy that my pack would be almost 1k lighter the next day – So, after showering and doing some washing (Taking advantage of the balcony for drying) we went downstairs to the hotel restaurant and had an excellent meal, washed down with some equally excellent local red wine, served by a very pilgrim friendly waitress that even went into the kitchen and brought us some butter and jam portions and gave them to us to have with the bread that we had saved from the meal to have for breakfast (As the next day was a Sunday and the hotel restaurant wasn’t opening until 9, and we wanted to be away well before then)

    Llanes Glimpse of the see after La Franca Poo The coast just before Celorio Celorio ahead
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    San Vicente de la Barquera - La Franca (21k)

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 9, 2014

    After taking breakfast in the bar beneath the Hospedaje we followed the route steeply out of San Vicente de la Barquera on a minor road which then levels off to La Acebosa, then after crossing a more major road the route takes you very steeply uphill before levelling out and then undulating to the village of Serdio, (Albergue available) alas the one bar in the village was still closed, even though it was well after 10 – So we kept going, flat for a while before dropping down on a minor road past some quarries (Be careful of large lorries). We then passed through Peues and the long town of Uquera (all facilities) before crossing the bridge at the end of the town, leaving Cantabria and entering Asturias. We then turned left up a steep paved track to the small town of Colombres, we walked past a nice Albergue which is located in a nice old house in the centre of town, we then continued, first on a minor road and then on a track that brought us out on the N634 near La Franca, there was a tempting bar here so we stopped for a cold drink and the woman who ran the bar asked us if we were staying the night at the private Albergue “Casa la Concha” - We had seen notices on the way advertising beds here for 10e, so we told the woman that we would have a look, we then followed the N634 for just over a kilometre into La Franca, located Casa La Concha and were somewhat surprised when the same woman answered the door !!!! Anyway, the accommodation looked good, we were offered a twin bedded room with a bathroom just outside for 10e each and breakfasts for an additional 3e, so we took the option of that too. Two other Dutch Perigrino’s arrived and checked in too and then myself and Stevie went down to the truck-stop restaurant just below Casa La Concha for our dinners, then after a couple of drinks we returned to La Concha to sleep.

    Rob heading uphill towards Colombres The route near La Acebosa Beautiful old Puente The bridge leaving Cantabria at Uquera Entering Colombres
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    Cobreces to San Vicente de la Barquera (Approx 22k

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 8, 2014

    The Hospitalario appeared about 7.30 to make our breakfasts, these consisted of Coffee and Magdalena Cakes, we were a bit disappointed that there was no toast, but at least there was plenty of coffee !! We then made our way out of town and “The Way” first of all mainly on roads to the town of Venta de Tramallon (all facilities) and then on passing through Pando before reaching then town of Comillas and then crossing the Rabia Estuary before climbing up to El Tejo with a useful bar on the left in the middle of the village where we stopped for a late lunch – From here the route takes you across a small valley with a huge golf course in it, quite steeply down on a track, then more gently up to Ravilla and then undulates along a minor road before dropping to cross the old, long and impressive Puente into San Vicente de la Barquera – After crossing the bridge we had a cold drink in a bar overlooking the harbour before going in search of accommodation, we first checked out the Pension La Liebana as recommended in the CSJ guide, but it was full, so we eventually settled on “The Hospedaje La Tapuca” where we were offered a large en-suite twin bedded room for 40e – After showering we went out to one of the seafront restaurants for dinner and some good local red wine before retiring back to the Hospedaje to sleep.

    Magnificent Puente into San Vicente de la Barquera Left Turn out of Cobreces Beautiful Track near Venta de Tramallon Following the coast for a while Route through an extensive Golf Course
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    Cudon to Cobreces (25k)

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 8, 2014

    We arose soon After 7, and as La Cantina wasn’t open, set off on “The Way” following a large pipe track downhill, Shortly we spied a bar just off the route that was open, Bar Vielo, so we popped in there for some breakfast before continuing, passing through Requejada and Bareda on a road, then after crossing rail and river bridges we turned left onto a minor road to Arco Iris (Albergue here) – We then continued on a mixture of minor roads and tracks to the historic and impressive town of Santillana del Mar. We had a coffee here in a bar near the large Iglesia before continuing on – We had a bit of difficulty in finding the official route out of Santillana del Mar, so ended up following the road (turning right at the end of the town) which took us to a roundabout that was signed for Novalis, we followed this and when we found a small shop open we popped in and bought some bread and pate and a couple of tins of Coke / Fanta and sat in a field to take our lunch. We then picked up “The Way” as it undulated trough some beautiful countryside on very minor roads through a couple more hamlets before eventually bringing us into the small town of Cobreces. We saw a new private Albergue on the right soon after entering the town so popped in to see what it was like, it looked as though it was brand new, spotlessly clean with two small dorms with bed linen on the bunk beds and a nice kitchen / dining area, we were the only people there and the Hospitalario quoted us 15e each including breakfast so we decided to look no further. After showering and doing a bit of washing and hanging it on the line outside we headed into town and discovered the Bar Canardo which had a few more Perigrino’s sitting outside, so we joined them for a drink before ordering our dinners. Both food and drink was very good and inexpensive, the bar was run by friendly people so what more could you want – Well fed and “Watered” we headed back to the Albergue, retrieved our washing from the line and retired for a good night’s sleep.

    Approaching Santillana del Mar Leaving Cudon following the pipeline Turnoff for Refugio on the road to Arco The Way near Novalis Approaching Santillana del Mar
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    Santander to Cudon - (Approx 21k)

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 8, 2014

    We arose at 7 and checked out and soon found a bar open and had our breakfasts, Toast, Butter and jam washed down with a wonderful large cup of coffee. Then we picked up the route of “The Camino Norte” which was well waymarked with signs in the pavement. My Big Rucksack already felt heavy so I had to stop several times to attempt to adjust it. The route took us out of the old city centre, first to “Plaza de Cuatro Camino’s” and then out through the Santander Suburbs to Penacastillo with its castle on the hill. We then left the more major road onto minor roads and tracks that undulated through small villages and hamlets, sometimes paralleling the FEVE Railway Line until we came to a point where we had to make a decision, that was whether to take a shortcut mentioned in the CSJ (Confraternity of Saint James) Guidebook that wasn’t recommended, or to take a 7k detour – I voted for the shortcut and Stevie agreed, although without much enthusiasm. The shortcut took us on a path right alongside the busy FEVE railway, but the drivers of the trains that sped past us didn’t seem disturbed, most of them waving at us in a friendly manner. We then came to a rail bridge over a reasonable sized river, a train had just passed, so we crossed this as fast as we could, luckily no trains appeared while we were crossing and then we followed the path a few hundred metres into Mogro FEVE Station, then onto the minor road outside where we found a useful bar so stopped off for coffee. The route then took us uphill on a wide road to a small Iglesia on the top of the hill before turning left onto a very minor road undulating through a few small villages and hamlets with the coast often on view below us and eventually we came into the outskirts of the small town of Cudon with the Bar “ La Cantina” on the corner – We popped inside for a cold drink and discovered that they now let out a small apartment underneath the bar to Perigrino’s at a very reasonable price of 30e (15e each) – The apartment has 2 bedrooms (One with a double bed and one with two twins) a small kitchen area and a nice bathroom and as we had already walked abut 21k, it was too good an offer to refuse – Also the bar had good inexpensive food on offer, so after a shower we availed ourselves of this, washed it down with some good local wine before taking an early night and sleeping very soundly :-)

    FEVE Crossing Good way-marking leaving Santander End of Black-Top Good Sort-Cut ;-) Beautiful countryside en-route to Cudon
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    Arriving in Santander and obtaining Credentials

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 8, 2014

    Santander
    I awoke soon after 7 and put my watch forward by one hour to Spanish time and when Stevie arose, we made our way back to The Self Service Restaurant for breakfast, there was a full English on offer at a reasonable price so we availed ourselves of that before heading out on deck, it was a beautiful spring morning and very soon the snow-capped of The Picos de Europa came into view, we paralleled the coast for the rest of the morning then entered Santander, docking around 1pm. After the simple affair of clearing customs and immigration we made our way into the centre of Santander, this is only a very short distance from the Ferry Port, our first mission was to find a hotel, I had one in mind from a previous trip, but couldn’t locate it so we popped into the tourist information and they gave us a map as well as a list of hotels, so we checked out the nearest one listed within our price range, The ** Pension Plaza where we were offered a smallish en-suite twin for 40e, which we took as we thought was a good deal considering its location right in the centre of the city. Our next “task” was to obtain our Perigrino credentials, so we walked to the cathedral, but found it closed, so as we were both getting hungry went to a small restaurant with a sitting out area that was offering a reasonably priced Menu del Dias – The food was OK but they hammered us on the price of the coffees, so we weren’t overly happy but other than to smile in the face of adversity, there wasn’t anything to be done. We then went back to the cathedral and this time found it open and when we asked about obtaining our Perigrino credentials, we were directed back outside to a small office under the cathedral where we were issued our credentials for a small charge and got an extra set for Birgit (Our German friend was joining us for a section of the walk about a week later). We then went back to the hotel for a short siesta before taking a walk around the city partaking in a couple of beers and accidently discovering the original hostal that I had been searching for – Then back to our Pension to sleep.

    Ferry arriving in Santander View from The Ferry Port Approaching Santander Cathedral Santander Cathedral Santander Cathedral
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    My Daily Stages

    by into-thin-air Written Jul 8, 2014

    In the tips below I intend to write up each daily stage as we chose to split this Camino – We had a reasonable amount of time available to us, so didn’t walk Long days, then unfortunately I started to suffer with a knee problem, so we were forced into cutting the distance down again – Anyway, I hope that it is of use to some of you.

    The Beautiful Coastline on The Camino Norte
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