The English Way

From Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela. 5 sections. 122 kilometres. Alternative Route from A Coruña.


The English Way is the first historic maritime route to Santiago de Compostela. From the 11th century until the beginning of the 15th century, an increasing number of European pilgrims, British and Irish in particular, boarded their merchant ships and sailed towards Galician shores. They were joined by the Scandinavians, Flemish, Baltic and Northern French, in maritime adventures full of storms and trouble. 

From the shore, they continued their route on foot from two main locations: Ferrol and A Coruña, still the preferred starting points today. The route from Ferrol is over 120 kilometres and takes pilgrims through Narón, Neda, Pontedeume and Abegondo until Mesía. The village of Bruma brings pilgrims coming from A Coruña, a shorter route, together with those coming from Ferrol to continue through Ordes and Oroso until Santiago de Compostela.

When Henry VII ruled the separation of the Church of England from the Catholic church in the 16th century, this route declined but it is booming again today. The truth is, there are many attractions on the English Way, be it the landscape, history or art. The route combines wild Galician seas and mountains with beautiful towns such as Pontedeume or Betanzos.

The Camino starts in Ferrol with its first section to Neda, and from there it continues to Pontedeume, although most pilgrims decide to walk the 31 km from Ferrol to Pontedeume in a single day.
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How to get to the starting point?

FERROL

How to get to Ferrol by train: There are daily trains from Madrid and Oviedo to Ferrol. From there, you can also go to A Coruña and continue to other Galician destinations. Please check timetables at Renfe. The railway station is at Av. Compostela, very close to the Plaza de Armas, the city centre.

How to get to Ferrol by bus: There are daily buses connectingFerrol to different parts of Spain with Alsa, and inside Galicia, you can use Monbus and Arriva. Ferrol’s bus station is at Paseo de la Estación (+34 981 324 700).

How to get to Ferrol by car: The toll highway AP-9 takes you to Ferrol. Likewise the N-651 crosses the bridge of As Pías.

How to get to Ferrol by plane: There is no airport in Ferrol, the closest one is Alvedro, in A Coruña, located 50 kilometres away. You can use the toll highway to get there.


A CORUÑA

How to get A Coruña by train: The railway station of A Coruña is at Calle Joaquín Planells Riera (+34 902 320 320) and there are daily trains to Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao-Irún. There are also commuter trains to Santiago, Vigo, Ferrol and Monforte de Lemos. Please check timetables at Renfe.

How to get to A Coruña by bus: Alsa reaches A Coruña from different Spanish destinations. There are city bus lines from the bus station, you can check all lines here.

How to get to A Coruña by car: The toll-highway AP-9 goes from the Galician-Portuguese border all the way to A Coruña through Vigo, Pontevedra and Santiago de Compostela. Likewise, it links the city with Ferrol. Besides, the Autovía del Noroeste (toll-free) connects A Coruña with Madrid and the Autopista de Carballo (toll highway) also gets you to the city. 

How to get to A Coruña by plane: The airport of Alvedro is 8 kilometres from the city centre of A Coruña and has direct flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, London, Lisbon and Amsterdam. The airlines operating those flights are Air Europa, Iberia, Tap-Portugal and Vueling. Asicasa (+34 981 231 234) links the airport with the city by bus. There is also a taxi stand. 

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Transfer Rucksack
Send Bicycle
Luggage Transfer
Lockers Santiago
Send Parcels
Prepaid Card
Stamping Credencial
Correos Offices

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Way

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from accommodation to accommodation!! In this way, you can walk more comfortably, unburdened, and enjoying every step of the Way. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any of our Correos offices. Once you finish the Way you can again go to the nearest post office and send it back home. We send your bicycle neatly packaged and insured in a way that you need not disassemble it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point in the Camino -hostel, hotel, Correos office, etc. - so that your stuff is there when you arrive. This way you can have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you take for your walk. You can also send back whatever you may have in your rucksack for the Camino that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

In Correos we have a prepaid card that is not linked to any bank account. In this way, you can do the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You will only have to top it up with the money you need and then top up again if you run out of balance. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credencial

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Correos offices along the Way stamp your Credencial or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of them display a significant tourist attraction of that particular place for you to keep as a souvenir.

 

 

Sending parcels on the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to come to our Correos offices!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred CORREOS offices located along the Way and from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodations from where you can send parcels any time you want. This service will help you get rid of the content of your luggage that you no longer need, buy some souvenirs, typical products... without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike, trekking pole... before you go into the Cathedral or to visit Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Offices

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 Correos offices along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.