Granja de Moreruela to Faramontanos de Tábara (17.9km) May 10th, 2014
The most beautiful walk on the camino so far. Little was I to know that this whole camino was going to be filled with walks like this and just stunningly beautiful.
Today's walk started through the railway workings and already the tractors were out spraying the dusty tracks where the lorries were working and taking their heavy loads back and forth. Here the camino was directed across the works and I guess this was the way that some peregrinos had come in having worked their way across country on the incorrect route having got lost on the previous leg. Now were were directed straight on rather than turning right as directed in the guidebook and on the maps. At least here the arrow had been painted out. The diversion was to avoid the path of the lorries carrying heavy stone and on the horizon I could see the towers from which the tractors filled their tanks with water. There are scattered along the entire route and the whole support infrastructure and additional excavations and building works that have gone on just to support the construction must cost a fortune in themselves.
|The road ahead|
|Sunrise over the crops|
|Akina looking out over the |
wonderful scenery and herby
|Lavender lines most of the route|
|Akina coating her fur in the perfume of lavender|
|Another familiar site on this section of the camino|
from Zamora - many peregrinos will mark their passing by
The views on the first part of the walk as you reach the river and bridge crossing that will take you up the steep climb and stunning walk through the forested area before heading on to Faramontanos de Tábara.
|On reaching the top you look back and can just see the|
bridge in the distance. It's then quite a flat and easy walk
for the rest of the day, and still for quite a distance through
|There are no markers at the top, so|
pilgrims have built obviously "man made"
stacks of stones, in a sort of Zen like
fashion to help other pilgrims feel
confident that they are on the right track
|Arrow at the beginning of the climb - keep the eyes|
open for markers indicating the way as sometimes
it is a little unclear, but I do not think possible to get
The last part of the walk was in open farmland and now the sun started to heat up. Along the last part there was yet another route change and although marked (it looks like someone has just decided they do not want to the Camino on their land) it was hard to say how much further it was going to be. I had arranged for the dogs to be picked up but of course, now we were miles off the original direction. I was fortunate in finding a dam that Kaishi and Yume could cool off in and get a drink. Yume is still young and so I had not wanted her to do such a long walk.
|Pretty plants along the way|
|Thankfully we found a dam for Yume and Kaishi|
|The Levante Route crosses and joins|
a number of other Caminos from Zamora
|Yume - so grown up outside the bar in Faramantanos|
|Michael's overnight stop with the dogs..|
|Apparently I'm at the end of that arrow! Rather amusingly a big yellow camino arrow... no, it isn't really marking the route in this way!|
|And here we are - yet another route change,|
one of the many, many changes on this stretch
of the Camino through to Galica
|The Robertson Mala - on its way to Galicia and the final stages of the Camino Levante. |
The prayer of the day comes from Ann: "A safe journey with peace and tranquility" and
it was certainly that - the most beautiful part of my camino so far.