de Santiago / French Way : 13. Burgos - Hornillos del Camino
Burgos all the way to León you will be walking
through the area known as the Meseta, a mostly flat
uninspiring landscape. It is very hot in the summer
and extremely cold in the winter. On this stage
there are a couple of villages where you can get
something to eat and stay for the night in the albergues
but there isn’t much to see or do.
best place to restart your Camino to Santiago is
to start from in front of the cathedral as the marked
path passes by it and down Calle Fernán González.
On your way down this road you will go under an
archway at which point your will need to turn right
immediately and go down a flight of stairs. Crossing
the road keep walking straight down Calle del Emperador
and past the Iglesia San Pedro de la Fuente. If
you have forgotten to fill up your water bottle,
you can do so here at the fountain next to the church.
At the bottom of Calle del Emperador turn left into
Calle Vilalón and cross the Puente Malatos over
the Rio Arlanzón. The path continues past the Parque
Parral and the Hospital del Rey (now
part of the university).
Hospital del Rey
was one of the largest and best-endowed pilgrim
hospitals along the Camino. The Pilgrim's Puerta
de Romeros is a Platereque jewel and now forms one
of the entrances to the university.
about 3 kilometres you will come to a set of traffic
lights where the road veers left. At this point
take a right fork down a tree lined road and then
down a farm track which runs parallel to the railway
line (this should be on your left). You will walk
through some fields and a tree plantation and after
a further 3 kilometres you come across the village
of Villalbilla de Burgos.
you will find a couple of albergues, a café, shop
and pharmacy if you didn’t stock up in Burgos.
track continues across a minor railway line and
forks right past a flour factory and across a bridge
where you take a left turn once you have got to
the other side. You will pass two bridges and head
down a farm road through some fields and after
about 1 kilometre you will reach the main road where
you will cross over the Río Arlanzón via the Puente
del Arzobispo. Soon you will come across an
underpass where the builders have placed a plaque
asking the Pilgrim’s forgiveness for the small diversion
and wishing that all the Pilgrim’s desires come
true and the river Arlanzón and we wish you Ultreya!
out of the underpass you will pass the site of a
former pilgrim hospice, now marked with an 18th
century stone cross and then into Tardajos
where you will find a couple of bars and a shop
along with the albergue. One of the bars also offers
accommodation. In Tardajos you will also find the
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.
Tardajos by the Calle del Mediodia, past a fountain
and down a track over the Río Urbel. This takes
you to Rabé de las Calzadas where you will
find a couple of refugios and a fountain. Despite
being very small Rabé de las Calzadas is home to
the 13th century Iglesia de Santa Mariña and the
Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Monasterio which you
will pass on your way out of the village.
here the path takes you through fields and pastures
and past the Fuente de Prao Torre just before
you begin to climb. When you get to the top you
will be faced with a wondrous sight, a landscape
which for miles around is never endingly flat, devoid
of trees but still in its own way, stunningly beautiful.
Welcome to the Meseta. After
a few kilometres the path begins to descend down
the steep Cuesta Matamulas and into Hornillos
In Hornillos del Camino you will
find the Gothic Iglesia de San Román in the Plaza
de la Iglesia which is built on the site of an ancient
Iron Age Castro and it’s rather odd cockerel topped
fountain, el Fuente del Gallo. To the side of the
church is the albergue. There is also accommodation
to be found in the Casa Rural Sol a Sol.
à CF description
at wanadoo.fr - 07/01/2014