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Stage from A Fonsagrada (Padrón) to O Cádavo Baleira
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Information about the stage 8: Stage from A Fonsagrada (Padrón) to O Cádavo Baleira
- Km 0. Standard (Pilgrim Hostel)
After leaving the hostel we crossed the LU-530 and accessed the parish of San Xoán de Padrón. Following the direction of Mojón 157,581 to Santiago, we took a path that advances under the road and went back to it. We cross the LU-530 again and continue on another track that now runs on the left. A later common section places us next to the fonte do Pastizal, a good opportunity to fill the container (km 1.6). A forest track between conifers takes over. It ends up descending to the road, which we go through to attach another path that goes up. Progressing through the hill we left the bulk of the houses of Vilardongo to the left, an entity belonging to the parish of Padrón.
- Km 3.2. Vilardongo
Our itinerary moves in a straight line and crosses the LU-1906 to the height of Pedrafitelas, which is also left behind. Four hundred meters later, we went by a merchant, from which, by the way, beautiful photographs are obtained. After a fitted path, dotted with several water courses, we arrived at Montouto.
- Km 6. Montouto
Eye to the junction at the exit of the population. You have to go left, down. Then we take the trocha that climbs half a hillside to the same hospital in Montouto, at 1023 meters altitude. Juan Uría collects in Las Peregrinaciones a Santiago de Compostela that "a privilege of the 1586 File of Simancas says that on the mountain of Montouto there is a hospital on the way of pilgrims going to Santiago and on depopulated land where the poor died of cold and snow". On the right hand we find a simple chapel, and right after the dolmen of Pedras Dereitas on the open field. On the other side the ruins of the old hospital, with the street and some of the walls and buildings rehabilitated.
- Km 7.3. Montouto Hospital
The downhill slope starts under the wind turbine line. Transit through the site of Os Oteiros. The second part of the descent is more pronounced, leaving the trail to continue along a path that fits into the forest. A bar precedes the LU-530, which we come to pass through the parish of Paradavella, which has another couple of bars.
- Km 10.9. Paradavella (Bars)
At the end of the parish fonspleasina we take a path to the right hand that runs through the wooded hillside. A stretch as beautiful as uncomfortable, with slides and several water courses. It ends on the road itself, which we cross to A Calzada, on the left hand, and the immediate A Degolada, the first parish of the Cello de Baleira.
- Km 13.4. A Degolada
Here we visit the church of San Lourenzo. Look, because in the next bifurcation, already under trees, you have to choose the path of the left, which goes down without a remedy until the rego of Pasadiña. We then went up to the place of O Couto (Km 14,7), which has a beautiful tile. The next climb, the famous A Costa do Sapo, is memorable, perhaps the strongest of the whole Primitive Road so far. Each one climbs as it can to the road, which gives entrance to A Lastra.
- Km 15.8. A Lastra (Bar)
We traversed San Xoán de A Lastra along the road and passed the church of San Xoán, which was sanjuanist commissioned, like so many others, we started a very steep runway, the Camín da Rodela that emerges on the left hand, between the houses. Not without a summary, we slowly continue the climb to the top of Fontaneira, already guarded under the pine tree. The port is almost 950 meters high (Km 18.2). With the breath still limited we save by road the meters that separate us from Fontaneira, with its parish dedicated to Santiago. Another Salvadoran bar awaits right hand.
- Km 18.6. Fontaneira (Bar)
The eagerness to arrive makes the final section an endless story, as there is still almost an hour of gait. At the exit of the Balearic parish we left the LU-530 on the left. We moved by the cemetery and then back to the road. We advanced through it a good bit and left it on the right (km 20,8). We stand on foot on the Campo da Matanza, plateau where the legend locates the bloody fight between the Alfonso II army and the Muslims. Who knows if it really happened in the midst of pilgrimage, when the entourage went to honor the remains of the Apostle there by 813. True or not, swords, armor and other weapons were discovered in this place. Finally, the carrileira of Santiago brings us closer to the capital of Concello de Baleira, whose location does not allow us to contemplate it until we have it under our feet. We met the pilgrim hostel right at the entrance.
- Km 23.4. O Cádavo Baleira (All services)