ASTORGA – RABANAL del CAMINO 20.6
Rabanal del Camino to El Acebo 16.5
El Acebo to Ponferrada 15.6 k
A tougher stretch of road then we have had for a while. While the guide books suggest this section can be walked in two days we planned on a three days to complete it, and we were happy we did!
This section is characterized by the wild and rocky Cantabrian Mountains tiny stone villages nestled in the mountains.
We climb to the historic site of the Cruz Ferro and the high point of the Irago Mountains before the steep descent down to Ponferrada. Typical Maragato mountain villages with slate-roofed houses like El Acebo. On a clear day, the mountain views are superb. The guide books all warn to be prepared for the possibility of cold, rain and wind, one day our day began with fog.