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.
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.
On my last post, I mentioned the A-6 freeway overpasses and this towering one over the village of Ruitelán was a good example.
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.
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.
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.
This scene of Las Herrerías was also a little spooky. Iron was mined from these hills and brought to the village for forging.
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.
The text on the adjacent sign is probably too small to read here, so please check my Facebook page for a larger image.
I love the scene as you leave Las Herrerías and enter…
the hamet of Hospital Inglés. Interestingly, most of the buildings were on the left side of the road.
A rest area in a peaceful spot.
Walking through the remainder of the picturesque village was also peaceful and calming on this dark day.
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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