Costa da Morte, Day 1: Laxe - Camelle

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First part of Laxe - Camelle - Arou - Santa Marina - Cemiterio dos Ingleses - Camarinas (as far as Camelle)

This is a coastal walk along part of Spain's desolate Costa da Morte. Though always beautiful, this area has seen countless ships lost to Atlantic storms; the walk visits the 'English Cemetery' where are interred sailors lost when the British training vessel 'Serpent' sank in November 1890. Although the route is mainly along coastal paths, roads or beaches, with two stiff ascents and several other undulating stretches, I have classified it as a 'hill scramble' overall.

The route is adapted from the published 'Spindrift Walk', which advocates an overnight stop at Camelle. In order to equalise our walking distance over the two days, my companion and I pressed on to Santa Marina on Day One; here we were fortunate to be allowed to camp in the garden of the local bar. It must be stressed however, that there is virtually no habitation and little chance of any liquid replenishment after Santa Marina, so walkers must take adequate water. This advice is heartfelt, as we were not sufficiently provident and were reduced to strict water rationing over the last few miles.

Spain - North West Spain - A Coruna - Coast

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Restaurant, Sea