The Northern Way

Stage: Vilalba-Baamonde

  • Length 19.1 Km
  • Difficulty Medium
  • Estimated Duration 4h 50min

Landscapes dotted with authentic examples of traditional architecture accompany us on the trail through A Seara, Sabugueiros, Gabín, O Castro and Regovide.

Vilalba- Ponte de Sa

  • Length 10.3 Km
  • Difficulty Medium
  • Estimated Duration 2h 35min

From Vilalba, the Way of St. James continues along paths which may date back to the Middle Ages and royal roads documented as early as the 17th century. After crossing a small bridge over the Labrada River, we come to Penas Corveiras. Landscapes dotted with authentic examples of traditional architecture accompany us on the trail through A Seara, Sabugueiros, Gabín, O Castro and Regovide.

After 6.7 kilometres, we reach San Xoán de Alba. The path runs along the right side of the C-634 road. It passes through Ponte Pedrouzos, Costián, O Coutado and Goiriz, then descends to the Labrada River. The waterway is crossed by the magnificent medieval Saa Bridge, built out of thick slabs of slate with several recessed arches.

 

 

Ponte de Sa- Baamonde

  • Length 8.8 Km
  • Difficulty Medium
  • Estimated Duration 2h 15min

The Camino crosses a strip of land between the Ladra River and the A-8 motorway. Pass by As Casas Novas, Contariz, Casamuíño, A Castiñeira and the Carmen Chapel. The Ladra River offers captivating scenery and a number of lovely spots where travellers can take a refreshing dip in the shade of the birch trees when the weather is good. After passing through A Estrada, we come to Ferreira

The route continues to run parallel to the C-634 road into Baamonde, in the municipality of Begonte. Sights include Gothic-style Santiago de Baamonde Church, dating from the 14th century, which still retains some Romanesque elements. In front of the church there is a calvary made up of three stone crosses and an ancient chestnut tree in whose trunk a chapel dedicated to the Virgin has been carved by local sculptor Víctor Corral.