This walk is part of the trek El Camino Primitivo - from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela.
The route follows the N-547 but using local paths and tracks, sometimes crossing the main road but only walking short stretches of tarmac. The route is a bit up and down, crossing the River Boente and the beautiful valley of the River Iso to reach Arzúa. Then it's a pretty comfortable 5 km as we go along forest tracks, through woods and meadows to reach the albergue at As Quintas.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) From the centre of Melide, head west along Rúa San Pedro, that then becomes Rúa Principal taking us past the Capela do Carme and onto a country track out of the town. Cross over the N-547 using the zebra-crossing and head south-west along the CP-4603 indicated towards Santa María. Just after another zebra-crossing, turn right to head west past the church of Santa María de Melide. Follow the track with the walled meadow on the left and the church and cemetery on the right. A little way further on, the route goes past the renovated laundry washing troughs and through O Carballal and Ponte de Penas. On the other side of some woods, the route crosses the River Catasol then climbs up to meet the N-547 near Barreiro de Abaixo.
(1) A path to the side of the road (left hand side) allows us to avoid the tarmac and after about 100 m we take the path off to the left, back into the woods, sign-posted with a Camino post and shell. This track takes us down to the Rego de Valverde through a long stretch of woods. The climb up takes us through A Peroxa and meets the N-547 again at Boente de Arriba. Keep heading west along the main road as far as the church of Santiago and then turn right to head through the village, along a track that crosses anther track and ends up back at the main N-547 road. Cross straight over and take the track down to the River Boente. At a T-junction, turn right to head north then north-west to follow at a distance the N-547 coming up to a tarmacked road (bridge to the right) to keep straight on through Fonte Plata, passing the bar "No Camino".
(2) Keep heading along this side road, bearing left at the Albergue Santiago, sign-posted to O Río. Keep heading west past farm building and horses to go through O Pedrifo and O Río. At a junction, where the route bears left, there is a pleasant "Pilgrims Resting Area" with benches and tables (and shade). Continue along the main track, straight over a crossroads and bear right at a fork. Then, almost immediately turn left into the woods and over a hill to drop down again to cross the N-547 over a bridge. The country lane takes us through the hamlet of Trigás and into Rivadiso.
(3) The route takes us over the River Iso as we enter Rivadiso and past the Meson Rural. Keep heading west along the main track, out of the village and up the hill passing farm buildings until you reach a T-junction. Turn left to meet up with the main N-547 road. Cross straight over, up a narrow path to continue on a local road to reach the café and Albergue Milpés. Turn right along the local road behind the Albergue and follow the curve round to the left to meet up again with the N-574 near the warehouse of Tapicerias del Iso. Turn left and follow the main road west, along a dirt footpath on the left that avoids walking on the tarmac. There are some sparsely growing hedges that will eventually block out some of the traffic when fully grown. When you get to Pension Restaurante O Retiro, we are in Arzúa.
(4) Our route takes us along the main road through the town. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and other facilities. When you see a building on the right "Xulgado", which is the local courthouse, bear left alongside the tourist information centre (and Hostal Teodora) to follow Rúa Cima do Lugar. As you pass the Chapel Magdalena, the main square in up to the right and there are a number of allergies around the area. However, our route continues westward, along Calle Carmen and across Rúa Xosé Neira Vilas (AC-905), past the Albergue Da Fonte and past the small cross on a pedestal. Keep left here, down the flagged lane and dirt track to eventually cross the river Vello (more of a stream really) before entering the woods at a sign for As Barrosas. Rúa das Barrosas becomes Rúa Río Vello when we cross over a track and takes us up to a yellow-coloured building. Bear left along the track, then right at a fork. This lane takes us down to the river Brandeso and through the hamlet of Pregontoño.
(5) Follow the signs for the Camino as you weave your way through the hamlet to reach a tunnel under the N-574 and up to a local road that joins the N-574 but we need to go right along this local road to reach A Peroxa and maybe pop into the shop A Granxa de Tato. Keep heading west to cross the Rego do Ladrón and along a track that keeps south of A Uceira to reach our destination for this stage, the Albergue Taberna Vella in As Quintas (Burres).(A) As Quintas (Burres)
D : km 0 - alt. 456m - Melide
1 : km 3.37 - alt. 456m - Barreiro de Abaixo
2 : km 7.76 - alt. 407m - Fonte Plata
3 : km 11.02 - alt. 306m - Rivadiso
4 : km 12.79 - alt. 387m - Arzúa
5 : km 16.21 - alt. 334m - Pregontoño
A : km 19 - alt. 401m - As Quintas (Burres)
This stage is somewhat different to the previous stages, not only due to the fact that we are now on the Camino Francés and that means more people on the route. However, it is also a stage that runs close to a major road, flows through villages and towns, using local roads and tracks, crosses streams but is never far from a café or restaurante. Good walking boots are best for a comfortable and safe passage, wet weather gear (hopefully only in the backpack) and a water bottle. Arzúa might be a good place for a prolonged lunch and a chance to explore the town, if you have the albergue booked for the night.
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This is a fairly easy stage and should be enjoyed by taking time to look around and stop occasionally to investigate things. There are churches and chapels, shops and restaurants, streets and houses that should be visited or examined without rushing. As there are probably a good number of pilgrims on the route (certainly more than in previous stages) there are more opportunities to strike up conversation whilst on the route. Remember, don't leave any rubbish and don't damage the environment. Keep to the Country Code and respect the farmers, vegetation, animals and rivers. Don't take any plants or stones home; take photos (they last longer and you can share them). Say hello to fellow walkers and help anyone who needs it. Take care of yourself and make the most of the moment!
This stage goes through more rural landscapes, along small dirt tracks and quite a lot of tarmac with frequent slopes. In general, it's pretty moderate with the opportunity to visit small villages, a few of which have restaurant services. The route finishes in Melide, where we join the Camino Frances.
A comfortable stage with very few slopes; along tracks, crossing forests and meadows. As in the previous stage, the route runs parallel to the main N-547 road and the soon to be completed A-54 motorway. Our route passes O Pedrouzo and the airport to give us a short distance to walk in the next stage to allow us to get to the Pilgrim's Mass, which is celebrated daily at 12 noon in the Cathedral of Santiago.
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