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C.Inglés CSJ 2011 http://www.csj.org.uk/CamIngles2011A4-doc.doc A Pilgrim Guide to The Camino Inglés John Walker The Confraternity of Saint James in the United Kingdom The Confraternity of Saint James in the UK is the largest and oldest English speaking association of pilgrims. The Confraternity promotes the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and provides support and services to pilgrims. Amongst these services are: Practical Pilgrim Days, where around the country they provide an opportunity for potential pilgrims to learn more; a regular members’ bulletin; a bookshop and library. The Confraternity also promotes research and provides a bursary to young people undertaking research into the movement around St James and they also offer help to elderly, frail or disabled people who might otherwise be unable to undertake the pilgrimage. The Confraternity publishes guides to many of the routes to Santiago and also runs two refuges for pilgrims at Gaucelmo (on the Camino Francés) and Miraz (on the Camino del Norte). See more at www.csj.org.uk. The CSJ can also provide a Pilgrim Record for members - www.csj.org.uk/how-to-get-a-credencial. This Guide The first Guide to the Camino Inglés was written by Francis Davey and Pat Quaife and published in 2000. Since then the route has changed and there is much clearer waymarking. This new Guide is part of a series of guides to the shorter Camino routes published online and in print by the Confraternity of St James http://www.csj.org.uk/guides-online.htm. These guides are available to download for a donation and are regularly kept up to date as pilgrims send comments to the authors. Source: Xacobeo Introduction “The pilgrimage way to Compostela enjoyed widespread fame throughout medieval Europe. Land and sea alike were furrowed with routes rich in spirituality leading to Santiago de Compostela. The maritime routes drew pilgrims from Scandinavia, Flanders, England, Scotland and Ireland on their way to destinations such as Ribadeo, Viveiro, Ferrol and A Coruña. Blessed by an exceptionally strategic location, the latter two coastal enclaves are the starting points for the two alternative itineraries that make up the English Way.” (Source: The Xacobeo guide to the Camino Inglés) Departure points This Guide describes the routes from A Coruña and Ferrol. The route from A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela is approximately 72 kms in length and therefore those travelling this arm of the Camino Inglés are not entitled to receive a Compostela, for which a journey of 100 kms is required. The route from Ferrol is approximately 118 kms. Both routes meet at Hospital de Bruma – 32 kms from A Coruña and 74 kms from Ferrol. For an overall map of routes in Galicia: http://www.turgalicia.es/mapasgalicia/mapasgcs.asp?cidi=G&menu=12&subMenu_1=3 Statistics – Pilgrims walking the Camino Inglés 2000 98 2001 131 2002 181 2003 260 2004 3,096 (Holy Year) 2005 651 2006 804 2007 1,085 2008 1,451 2009 1,793 2010 6,000 by November 2010 (Source: La Oficina de Acogida al Peregrino of Santiago de Compostela) Internet resources A number of Camino related internet sites offer useful information about the Camino Inglés. The following list is not exhaustive: • http://www.csj.org.uk/route-camino-ingles.htm The Confraternity of Saint James is worth joining to support this, the oldest English language association run by pilgrims for pilgrims. It is the principal source of information on Camino related matters. • http://www.caminodesantiago.me/ With the largest English speaking interactive pilgrims’ forum. • http://www.santiago-compostela.net/ingles/index_ci_en.html For photographs of the route. • http://www.xacobeo.es/2006/adjuntos/descargas/25_The_English_Way.pdf For a very well presented downloadable general guide to the route in English – not worth printing if calling at the Tourist Office in Ferrol – see below. • http://www.caminoingles.com For strip maps, photographs and general information. • http://www.mundicamino.com/ With much information and graphic profiles. • www.turgalicia.es Go to publications – Mapas de Galicia – Mapas Camiños de Santiago – for a map of the routes in Galicia. Go to publications – and then Aloxamentos 2008 – for a list of registered hotels and hostales – the index covers the main points on the route. • http://www.ign.es/ign/en/IGN/cartoteca_MapTopo.jsp For map enthusiasts there is a complete set of IGN 1:50,000 maps of Spain available for download as PDF files. Albergues On the Ferrol arm of the route there are albergues in Neda, Miño and Hospital de Bruma - these have been established through the enthusiasm of local

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