Day Ten – Castro Urdiales to Liendo

Tuesday 29 May 2018

We walked around 29 kms with a total ascent of around 620 metres.

We left the coast this morning and headed inland for Liendo. We stopped for a very pleasant lunch of bread, jamon (local ham) and fruit in a conveniently located and very peaceful picnic area. This was next to an old  church in the village of El Pontarron.

Ron thought I might like s bit of a caravan holiday but I declined. If only I knew what was ahead.

We passed through Rioseco and the 16th Century Iglesias de San Martin where there were two signs pointing in different directions. A local lady kindly directed us to the first sign which took us, you guessed it, the long way round.

We headed uphill through Eucalyptus Plantations where we found heavy machinery next to the track. They were harvesting the timber but we weren’t aware of what lay ahead. The tracks of the machinery had chopped up the trail badly and it was like a quagmire with mud halfway up to our knees. This continued uphill for about 8 kms. Very tough going and we had to head bush to make a new track through the overgrowth several times. The mud was just too deep in places.

We limped, literally, in to a very beautiful hostel in the town of Liendo. Our feet certainly didn’t thank us for our efforts today. There were no bars or cafes open but Jorge and Andre (a young German boy) managed to charm one of the locals in to opening up for us as we were a fairly large group for this small village.

Then we proceeded to do what all good Pilgrims do after a hard day, rest?  ………… definitely not.

After dinner some of the group decided to play a German drinking game called Flunkyball and of course Ron was in the midst of it.

I left them to it at around 9:30pm or so. It stays light very late here.


  • Egon Konig June 2, 2018 at 16:03 Reply

    Hope you guys had your gumboots with you for the goat track. Strange looking games your playing. What was the price ?

    • Ron and Susan June 3, 2018 at 22:51 Reply

      Ron’s price was a headache the next morning.

  • Megan May 31, 2018 at 14:23 Reply

    Classic Rompy…always has to turn it into a competition! Hahaha

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