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Ferrol to Neda stage
The day does not involve physical difficulties and can be covered in one morning.
Information about the stage 1: Ferrol to Neda stage
- Km 0. Ferrol (All Services)
In the same dock of Curuxeiras the English Way begins. A stone monolith with the coat of arms of Galicia, where the seven crossings represent the seven provinces of the former Kingdom of Galicia, is the first sign of this itinerary of 121 kilometres, which with a marked north-south direction separates the Arctic Gulf from the Compostelan cathedral. We access Carmen Curuxeiras Street, decadent way of the primitive Ferrol Vello formed by alleys, under one of the doors of the already extinct wall. Here was the old Hospital of Pilgrims of the Holy Spirit, destined in the same way to poor and sick and which functioned until 1780.
The urban route continues through Rúa San Francisco and passes next to the church of the same name, of truncated towers and whose current aspect dates from 1757. Just afterwards we met the Parador Nacional, 1960, with its characteristic glazed galleries, and the palace of Capitania. Both are surrounded by the gardens of Herrera, an excellent viewpoint over the estuary, the shipyards and the military dikes where the obelisk rises in memory of brigadier Don Cosme Churruca, who died in the battle of Trafalgar.
We continue in front of the rustic Real, where the neighborhood of la Magdalena begins, of modernist homes and designed in the form of a chocolate tablet with six parallel streets cut by nine other transversal streets. Always by the rustic Real we left the placid and also busy plaza of the Marqués de Amboage. Then, just as we reach the plaza de Armas, we leave the Real farmhouse turning 90º to the right by the Terra farmhouse or Calle de la Tierra . It flows into the Gardens of the Canton of Molins, which cross in the direction of the march (see why the Jacobean mojón is under the shade of the trees and it really looks bad! ). At the exit of the park we took the avenue of González Llanos to see the Arsenal in the middle of the 18th century and access the port district of Esteiro (Km 1.6) .
The urban route continues through the Taxonera rua and Marc Mahón Avenue, next to the headquarters of the Marine Infantry and surrounding the perimeter of the ferrous shipyard wall. On the roundabout of the Diapason, he turns right to pass by the military jail and the Antonio de Escaño School of Specialties. We are in the Caranza district, the most populous of Ferrol. After the inlet of Caranza, where the Auditorium is located, we reached the roundabout of the Sea (decorated by a string instrument). In it we turn back to the right to take Avenida del Mar, which circulates glued to the estuary. Next to it, surrounded by green area, is the chapel of Santa María de Caranza, a good place to take a short break (Km 4.7) .
The walk continues surrounding the Ferrol estuary, one of the Rías Altas, and we are presented with a panorama of the municipalities located on the other shore: Neda and Fene. Leaving the Caranza football field to the left, we went under the FE-14/N-651, (at this point some pilgrims choose to take the road to the right to Fene saving more than 10 kilometers, which we strongly discourage), and we headed down Nicasio Pérez Avenue to the next Industrial Polygon A Nardara, located in the Concello de.
- Km 6.4. Industrial estate A Gándara(Bar)
At the entrance we turn right through the rustic Luis Seoane and in 200 meters back to the right by the stroll glued to the flood area of the estuary. Look! , later, due to some works, when you reach the roundabout where Eiriz Cranes is, you have to turn left in the direction A Faisca and then go right. Once above we leave the road and take to the right a path parallel to the tracks. We crossed them for an underground step to access A Faisca.
- Km 8.6. A Faisca
We continue to the right on the Camino do Vilar and then, pay attention because this is another contentious point!, we take the deviation from the right (do not go forward). We went through a tunnel under FE-11 and continued left to O Couto. In less than five minutes we reach the monastery of San Martiño de Xubia, also known as mosteiro do Couto. It is worth visiting his Romanesque church of three first-half ships of the XII, when he became another priory of the Abbey of Cluny. His three semicircular apses, plagued by varied little dogs, should not go unnoticed either. Unfortunately, the reform that took place in the 18th century erased much of the whole from the Romanesque scene.
- Km 9.7. Monastery of San Martiño de Xubia
Next to the cruise we leave the paved runway and take the Camino do Salto to the right. At this point, the pilgrim will have already observed that along with the Jacobean milestones other decorated with a red fish stand out. This is the route to the shrine of San Andres de Teixido, where he goes from death who was not alive, and which coincides until O Ponto with the route of the English Way. With increasingly closer views of Neda and Fene, concellos scattered under the mountains of Ancos and Marraxon, we see below the houses of the place of O Salto and we arrived between eucalyptus next to the variant FE-11. We follow its trail in parallel and we reach a bridge with a double signalization, crossing the bridge is a rodeo by the mill of As Aceñas, in ruins, we will continue straight without crossing the bridge to later cross through a parallel platform to the highway and nothing else crossing the platform we have to turn right to take the walk of Ribeira de Xubia, in fifteen minutes we present ourselves on the bridge over the river Grande del Xubia On the other hand, surrounded by a large garden, we are already awaiting the pilgrimage hostel.
- Km 15. Neda(All services)