What is the English Camino?

The Camino Inglés or English Camino is the historic Camino de Santiago route taken by pilgrims coming from Northern Europe, in particular, Britain and Ireland, and it also used to be a very important trading route.

This Way has two starting points: A Coruña and Ferrol. Even if A Coruña is a larger and more attractive town than Ferrol, only a few pilgrims start from there, because it is situated less than 100 kilometres from Santiago de Compostela. That means that if you are starting your route from A Coruña, you won’t qualify for a Pilgrim Certificate unless you have already completed the Celtic Camino in Ireland.

The English Camino from Ferrol

The first two walking days of the English Camino from Ferrol are beautiful, as you weave along the coast soaking in the seaside views. The towns you visit along the way are quaint and pretty, with Pontedeume and Betanzos being particular highlights.

You can sit and rest or take a cooling dip at A Magdalena beach as you make your way between towns. Betanzos town is full of history and wonder, and you will have a great time exp0lring its historical buildings.

Bruma Meson do Vento and Sigüeiro are your final two stops before you reach the sacred City of Santiago de Compostela. The landscape in the lush green area of Ordes on the way to the Church of San Xiao is an idyllic taste of the countryside and your last rural experience on this Camino route.

*Ferrol is home to one of Galicia’s most renowned and important Easter festivals. If you are travelling during Spring, Semana Santa de Ferrol is an absolute must-see.

The English Camino from Ferrol (The English Celtic Camino)

The English Celtic Camino is becoming really popular with walkers from all over the world. In ancient times pilgrims from the UK and Ireland would have arrived by boa5t to the port of A Coruña to continue their Camino journey. Starting 75km outside Santiago Compostella The English Celtic Camino traverses rugged Galician coastline before cutting inland and joining the English Camino from Ferrol in Bruma Meson de Vento. This walk can be completed on a 4-night trip.
Recently this route was less popular with pilgrims as they could not receive their Compostela. The cathedral in Santiago has allowed special provision for pilgrims who walk routes such as The Kerry Camino in Ireland before they arrive in Spain to claim their certificate.
The Kerry Camino is a stunning three-day hike on the south-west Coast of Ireland. The p[erfect blend of countryside and charming villages awaits as you travel from Tralee to Dingle. Experience nature, wildlife gastronomy and the famous Irish welcome on this complimentary Camino trip.
For more information about any of our walking or cycling please contact the travel specialists.


  1. By Maria

    Hi Denis, we have a guided tour on the English Way in June, see schedule here: http://caminoways.com/our-services/camino-de-santiago-guided-tours. However most people opt for a self-guided tour where we book accommodation and luggage transfers; as well as providing you with useful information. The first day can be split in two 15km days so you would be walking between 15 and 28kms: http://caminoways.com/ways/english-way-camino-ingles/section-1. Let us know if you need any additional information and/or a quote and our Customer Care team can prepare it for you. Kind regards.

  2. By Dennis

    I notice that the distances are quite far apart. Are there hostels and hotels in between? As you do not have a tour for my selected dates, would it be possible for me to book accomodation once I get there?

  3. By Tristan

    Hi Helena, well in theory no, as from Ferrol to Santiago is only 120km, and to get it cycling you need to complete 200km min…

  4. By Helena Gulian

    Does cycling the Camino English Way qualify for the Pilgrim’s Passport?
    Thank you

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