Ponferrada Journals

Through Ponferrada on the camino

An April 2013 trip to Ponferrada by rufusni

Quote: Continuing on the camino from Molinaseca through Ponferrada and on towards the mountains

Ponferrada

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I actually stayed in Molinaseca, and only came into Ponferrada in the morning. I arrived at the castle but I was there way too early for the castle to be open. But it is still quite an impressive sight. Its set up on a hill in quite a defensive position. The castle is built over the forts of Romans and Visigoths. The current one is based around the Knights Templar who, in a decree in 1178, were made protectors of the town and pilgrims. The castle has been altered many times since especially in the 15th and 19th centuries. Looking from the outside the huge stone walls look imposing. The entrance is up a steep slope which turns ninety degrees at the top to reduce the ability to use a battering ram on th...Read More

Moving on from Cacabelos on the camino

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I headed before 7am this morning and walked along the side of the road until reaching the hamlet of Pieros. There was a pilgrim bar open already, and most of the pilgrims I started off with stopped but I decided to go on. The dawn was painting the sky and as I looked back the horizon was marked with the mountains I had crossed, and reminded me there were more mountains to cross. My ankle was still giving me problems but it was strapped up, so today’s plan was to see how far I could go on my ankle as there were plenty of options of places to stop for the night.Then came a choice of camino routes- one veered onto a lane, but I continued on the road as shorter and early Sunday morning traffic was ...Read More

On the camino-Molineseca to Cacabelos

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I was a little sore after the descent when I got up, but after a bit of walking I started to loosen up again. There was a choice as we were leaving town to walk on a lane or along the road until the top of a rise, I decided that there was little traffic and as the lane looked a little rough just to walk along the road. Then came another decision- most guidebooks suggested a route through Campo to avoid the main road, but I decided to carry on as there was not really much traffic in the early morning. But it was initially through a nice residential area with trees and flowers, then across a river, and then you could follow a lane that took me away from a more industrial area, instead it was beside fiel...Read More

Parada de Peregrino

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I had not planned to stop in Cacabelos, but rather had intended to walk onto Villafranca, but my ankle was giving me bother so I decided to stop. According to my notes the albergue here did not open until May, so I went to see if I could get a room in a hostel or hotel, but quickly discovered that the town was booked out as there was a big football match going on, but that in fact the albergue was open, and was near the end of town over the river. So off I set.When I arrived and checked in, the lady there told me they had a deal with a local restaurant just outside the town that would come and collect us for dinner if we were interested. Knowing the town was busy and with a bad ankle this sounde...Read More

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Parada de Peregrino
near street, 24500 Villafranca del Bierzo
Cacabelos

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rufusni

rufusni
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom