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Walking the Camino de Santiago: Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagún

Camino arrow walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comThose of you who follow me on Instagram will know that this summer (2018) I walked 190km along the Camino de Santiago, from Burgos to Léon in Spain. This is the third leg of the Camino which I started in 2016 (if you’re interested, I wrote a Q&A post in response to some of the questions people had asked me along the way that year), I’m completing a leg each summer until 2020. This is Day 22 (other posts linked at the end of this post).

Camino Frances Day 22: Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagún (approx 22 km)

The guidebook says that much of today’s leg will be on the “gravel path senda, now with shade, alongside [a] quiet road parallel to the autopista“. Some shade? Sounds ok to me! Also, along the way on this leg, there were lots of little villages and towns to walk through which always makes for a more interesting day.

The day started out with an interesting assortment of breakfast foods…

Breakfast in Calzadilla de la Cueza walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.com Fruit at breakfast in Calzadilla de la Cueza walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comNot pictured: toast and jam and coffee. There was some sort of communication breakdown here (hey, I hadn’t had my coffee yet!) and I think they thought there were two of us (though only one person checked into the room…) and obviously I couldn’t eat all those carbs… But better to have more food than not enough to start a 22km day…

Morning in Calzadilla de la Cueza walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comToday’s leg brought me through the small town of Ledigos where I was reminded of how far I’d walked from Burgos already…

Over halfway from Burgos walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut also how far I had to go before Santiago (in 2020!):

In Ledigos walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe path today was very quiet…

Lonely road walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.com Camino market walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere was a GOOD coffee in Terradillos de los Templarios…

Coffee in Teradillos de los Templarios walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd miles of lonely paths…

Empty Camino walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.com Lost shoes walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.com Impossibly blue skies walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe route takes you through Moratinos where I stumbled upon morning catchup in the town square…

Moratinos town square walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd finally, in the last 8km of the day, I came across some other pilgrims…

Approaching Sagahun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comBut it was mostly an “alone” day walking for me…

Senda alongside the roas walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comCountry roads walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.com(that’s Sahagún in the distance. Actually a full hour – and then some – away by foot!)

Leaving Palencia walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun on eatlivetravelwrite.comAs you approach Sahagún, you get directed on the Camino to turn off the main path for what feels like an unnecessary detour (seriously, I was wanting to just follow the main road at this point…). But then you arrive here…

Geographic centre of the Camino walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comYup, the geographical centre of the Camino Francés!

Centro del Camino walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comArriving in Sahagún, I gratefully napped for a few hours…

Quiet rooQuiet room in Sahagun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun on eatlivetravelwrite.comm in Sagahun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comBefore heading out to enjoy a stroll around the streets. It’s a gorgeous little town…

Plaza Mayor in Sahagun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun on eatlivetravelwrite.com Plaza Mayor after the siesta in Sagahun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd I enjoyed a wonderful “pilgrim menu” overlooking Plaza Mayor at Restaurante Luis. With vegetables!

EnsalaEnsalada at Restaurante Luis in Sagahun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun on eatlivetravelwrite.comda at El Ruedo in Sagahun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.com Pilgrim meal cPilgrim meal chicken at El Ruedo in Sahagun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun on eatlivetravelwrite.comhicken at El Ruedo in Sagahun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd flán!

Pilgrim meal flan at El Ruedo in Sahagun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comWalking home around 9pm, the light was magical…

EveEvening light in Sahagun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun on eatlivetravelwrite.comning light in Sagahun walking from Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sagahun on eatlivetravelwrite.comAfter a restful afternoon and a really good meal I felt ready to tackle the last three days of this year’s stage!

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Disclosure: I researched Camino trips independently and chose the Camino Travel Center based on a number of features such as flexibility to accommodate a couple of “splits” in some of the longer days, price and customer service. They were, in fact the first company I came across in my very first Google search and the one I ended up booking with. From the initial inquiry to the actual trips, they have been a pleasure to deal with and we have been very impressed with the service provided (bag transportation) and the accommodation choices. I was not compensated to write about this trip in any way but I love sharing companies and products I believe in with my readers. I couldn’t recommend the Camino Travel Center more and, in fact, am booking another Camino walk with them for next summer (and every summer until I reach Santiago!).

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