Stages 13-20, 184km
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The Meseta villages – Hontanas, Hornillos Del Camino, Castrojeriz, Carrion de Los Condes
This mid section of the Camino connect two of the most historic and beautiful cities of the Camino, both with incredible medieval cathedrals and historic city centres. The walking encompasses the Meseta, the elevated and lonely plain that is a joy to seekers of solitude and contemplation but a sore trial to walkers whose eyes crave variety! The open country of the Meseta with endless wheat fields and few trees can be a real test to Pilgrims when the weather conditions are harsh. The sun will beat down mercilessly in July/ August with no shade and the wind may whip across the plain unimpeded in the colder months of the year.
The small villages and towns that you come across are a delight: places like Hontanas which is reminiscent of a Mexican village and Castrojeriz with it’s echoes of a grander past reflected in it’s castle, 12thc Church, monastery and ruined convent. They are atmospheric places made all the more so by the mid day siesta when you’ll see rarely a local on the streets. This is rural Spain, largely undisturbed by the modern world and hard country ( many Conquistadores came from rural Castile to seek their fortunes in the new world).
Whilst the terrain is largely flat it can be testing country to walk due to the big, seemingly endless horizons. So depending on your motivations and viewpoint you may enjoy this as the essence of your Pilgrimage experience or find it monotonous!
The guidebook stages
Please note that the breaking of the Camino into these stages this is purely arbitrary and there is no compulsion to follow these stages. It can be useful to follow the guidebook stages but also good to deviate and spend the night in other places than those specified. (Distances given below have been rounded up to nearest Km.)
13. Burgos to Hornillos del Camino 21km
14. Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz 20km
15. Castrojeriz to Frómista 25km
16. Frómista to Carrión de los Condes 20.5km
17. Carrión de los Condes to Terradillo de Templarios 27km
18. Terradillo de Templarios to El Burgo Ranero 27km
19. El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mulas 24.5km
20. Mansilla de las Mulas to León 18.5km
To see all the different altitude profiles of each stage of the Camino please click on the link below which you can view over two pages as a PDF:
This was produced by the French friends of the Way of St. Jacques