On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Vega de Valcarce to Hospital Inglés

January 16, 2013 — 2 Comments
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I stood for a moment in front of the old stone church, which looked so spooky on such a gloomy day, and wondered what it would be like at night. I’ve said that before and need to somehow plan some of my next Camino either at night or before sunrise. I’m sure the near-ghost town of Manjarín must be even more haunting at night, especially during a storm… From Page 161, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. Yes, the churches were simple and rustic as the Camino approached Galicia. We’ll get to the little church in the village of Ruitelán soon.

Now, I’ll continue with my journey on the Camino de Santiago as I left Vega de Valcarce, Castilla y León. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

I left my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Villafranca Del Bierzo to Vega de Valcarce, facing the Iglesia de Santa Magdalena. The finish, with peach coloured stone and white grout along with the square bell tower, distinguished it from the churches along the Camino in this area, and many of the villages and hamlets in Galicia.

iglesa de Santa Magdalena, Vega de Valcarce, Camino frances, clouds, village

 

The Camino left Vega de Valcarce along this road. On sections such as these, you need to be aware of the oncoming vehicles. At times, the gravel or dirt shoulder had mud or puddles, making the edge of the road an easier walk.

Leaving Vega de Valcarce, Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

On my last post, I mentioned the A-6 freeway overpasses and this towering one over the village of Ruitelán was a good example.

A-6, Freeway Bridge, Ruitelán, Camino Frances, houses, concrete, clouds

 

The simple lock on the Rio Valcarce. Locks have been used for centuries to control the level of streams and rivers. Sometimes, they are very elaborate. Frómista, in the province of Palencia, Castilla y León, has an elaborate lock that controls the level of the Canal de Castilla.

Rio Valcarce and Lock, Ruitelán, Camino Frances, River, water, trees, green

 

I know it’s a little messy, but I wanted to show this bridge in Ruitelán. The stone is very thick and it’s no wonder the bridge has likely stood here for centuries.

Stone Bridge, Ruitelán, Spain, Camino Frances, Road water, garbage

 

This is the aforementioned church that I thought was a little spooky on this dark day. I believe this is the church dedicated to San Frolián, the former Bishop of León.

Spooky Church, Ruitelán, Spain, Camino Frances, Chapel

 

This scene of Las Herrerías was also a little spooky. Iron was mined from these hills and brought to the village for forging.

Los Herrerías, Spain, Camino Frances, mountains, village, trees, clouds

 

Another thrill was seeing Roman bridges. Athough small, this one over the Rio Valcarce in Las Herrerías was another surprise. I believe this was the first with a black railing but there would be more in Galicia. The Puente Romano Las Herrerías was rebuilt in the 15th century.

 Stone Bridge,  River, Rio Valcarce, Los Herrerías, Camino Frances

 

The text on the adjacent sign is probably too small to read here, so please check my Facebook page for a larger image.

Roman Bridge Sign, Rio Valcarce, Los Herrerías, Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 I love the scene as you leave Las Herrerías and enter…

Portal and Home, Los Herrerías, Spain, Camino Frances, stone, house, path, trees

 

the hamet of Hospital Inglés. Interestingly, most of the buildings were on the left side of the road.

Entering Hospital Ingles, Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

 A rest area in a peaceful spot.

Rio Valcarce, Rest Area, Hospital Ingles, Spain, Camino de Santiago

 

Walking through the remainder of the picturesque village was also peaceful and calming on this dark day.

Rio Valcarce and Home, Hospital Ingles, Spain, Camino de Santiago

I hope you enjoyed this post as the gradual climb through the Valcarce Valley from Villafranca Del Bierzo ended. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Hospital Inglés to La Faba, the spring weather worsened as I climbed the steep trail and finished very close to Galicia. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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2 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Vega de Valcarce to Hospital Inglés

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous. I honestly felt like I was there when I read your post and looked through your pictures. Although I have never been to Spain, you make me long to go. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks so much. I wish I had some blue sky for photos but that is part of the journey while walking through Spain in the spring time. If you wait for two more posts, the sun will poke through the clouds. I hope you can visit Spain one day soon 🙂

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