May 1 Madrid Chamartin. Purchase Seniors Railcard, SIM card.
2 Fromista (by train) dep 8.00 am. arr Vall 9.16. dep 9.55. arr F 10.59
walk to Villamentero 10 km La Casona de D.Petra bkd €50
3 Carrion 10 km San Zoilo bkd €65
4 Terradillos (by bus) ; walk to Moratinos 3.2 km Alb San Bruno bkd €38
5 (Sun) Sahagun 10.2 km Los Balcones bkd €70 for 2 nights
6 Sahagun; Romanesque Churches of San Tirso & San Lorenzo, best egs of Mudejar on entire route.
7 Leon by bus Hotel Spa de Paris bkd €88.20 2 nights (Bus dep 12.45; arr 13.40)
9 Villar de Mazarife (by bus to Virgen) walk 13.7 km
10 Hospital 15 km Don Suero de Quinones bkd €50
11 Astorga (by bus, hourly) Hotel Spa Ciudad de Astorga bkd €90
12 (Sun) Santa Catalina 10 km Hotel Via Avis bkd €58.50
13 Rabanal del Camino 11 km. El Refugio Hosteria bkd €35
14 Acebo 16.5 km La Trucha del Arco Iris bkd €40
15 Molinaseca 8.2 km La Casa del Reloj bkd €30 Eat: El Capricho Josana
16 Ponferrada 5.3 km (bus?)
I will be starting in Fromista, where I left off the Camino Frances last time. The stages are short, giving me plenty of time to visit Romanesque Churches. Some bus journeys are planned, over parts I’ve either done before or know to be boring. In Ponferrada, a big decision: either continue on the Frances or divert to the Invierno, depending on how fit I feel. The Invierno runs to the south of the Frances, and was the traditional route for pilgrims to avoid snow on the mountains at O’Cebreiro. It is also a route less travelled, so there are fewer accommodation choices and longer stages without services. There is, however, lots to see and apparently a train service from Ponferrada to some of the towns in case I want to take it easy.