A King’s Knee

At last, a golden autumn morning with a morning tide – perfect for a drive out into the countryside and a hike through one of our newest and favourite nature preserves on Wallasea Island before making a quick stop at Canewdon Church.

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St James in London

I attended an event for returned pilgrims which was held in St James Garlickhythe, a jewel of a church not far from Mansion House within the City of London.

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Day 8: Arrival

We walked into Santiago de Compostela today. It rained all morning as we walked through forests and city streets. I didn’t really mind the rain, and my wild pink poncho with white polka dots kept me fairly dry and visible on the path.We stopped for coffee. We saw a witch.We passed and were passed by…

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Day 7

What an exquisite day! We headed out into the misty morning, following forest tracks for most our nearly 15 km walk. Dewy spiderwebs looked like crystal mandalas decorating the sides of the road. And huge hydrangeas – bigger than our heads – added splashes of colour to the roadside. We walked steadily, slightly separately, each…

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Day 6

Our shortest day, a gentle six mile walk from O Mesón do Vento to a beautiful rural villa in Ordes. There were virtually no hills to climb today, just beautiful paths through Sunday morning tranquility. We didn’t see any other pilgrims, just locals out walking or hunting, or walking to their local church for mass….

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Day Five

Covering 15 miles, with steep hills at both the, beginning and the end of the day, we knew the walk from Betanzos to Bruma would probably be our most challenging day. It was and it wasn’t.My body is feeling strong and I’m happy with the pace we set. Hills might be hard, but we each…

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Day Four

Our walk this morning was one of our shorter ones, 10.2 km winding up from the coast, then along the river before heading up into the loveliest eucalyptus groves – oh, how I wish I could share that smell along with my words and pictures! I am loving our little encounters along the way, strangers…

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Day Three

Today was an easier day, especially since climbing up to our hotel yesterday meant that we were already well on our way up the infamous hill leading out of Pontedeume. Once at the top, our path lead through forests and fields, where these raised granaries are a common sight in Galicia. We met up with…

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Day Two

Day Two, from Neda to Pontedeume, was hard. An unexpected diversion and a very steep climb up to our hotel at the end of the day left me reeling. The path lead through forests and farmland, as well as through fragrant eucalyptus groves. And it was also beautiful, as high climbs usually give stunning vistas.

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Camino, Day One

Out of the city to walk along the edges of Ferrol estuary to Neda. Finding the starting point was quite emotional – we are enjoying looking for the yellow arrows that guide us on our way… it’s like a Spanish treasure hunt. The scenery and landmarks are old and beautiful; people are friendly and wish…

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