This stage connects the cities of Burgos and Leon through such plains fields that seem not to have an end. The route crosses historical places of the French Camino such as Frómista with its Romanesque church of St. Martin. We will have a break in Hontanas, Boadilla del Camino, Carrión de los Condes, Terradillos de los Templarios and el Burgo Ranero before arriving in León, with its spectacular Cathedral.
(* Remember that the check-In date is the night before starting walking)
In this day we begin to see what we are going to find in Castilla. We left Burgos towards Villalbilla and we reach Tardajos and then to Rabé de las Calzadas. From there, we enter an endless flatland with the only company of your own shadow. It´s normally very hot in summer and freezing in winter. In the end, we descend into the valley to reach Hornillos del Camino and the final part of this stage in Hontanas. Remember to bring enough water to face these long desert parts. We leave Hontanas to reach, through a gravel path, to the ruins of the old convent of San Anton. This Gothic temple dates from the fourteenth century and belonged to the order of the Antonianos. We passe under its arches and continue our way to Castrojeriz.
From Castrojeriz, we ascend to Alto de Mostelares from where we have a lovely view of Tierra de Campos. The final part of the stage drives us to Itero del Castillo, the Fitero Bridge over Pisuerga River and Itero de la Vega before arriving in Boadilla del Camino. Then, we cross the locks of Canal de Castilla and get to Fromista, where you may see the Romanesque church of St. Martin.
We leave Fromista crossing the plain land of Tierra de Campos and our walking is only altered by the small villages of Revenga and Villarmentero de Campos. In the last part of the stage, we will go through Villalcázar de Sigra, with its Templar church-fortress of Santa María La Blanca before reaching Carrión de los Condes, end of the stage.
We leave Carrión and arrive at the monastery of San Zoilo. We start here the "loneliness stage" which seems to be endless. The first 17 kilometers to arrive at Calzadilla de la Cueza go along the Roman Via Aquitania. It has no shadows at all, so we should not forget to wear a cap and to have enough water in summer time.
We go through Calzadilla by Calle Real to take the path parallel to the road that will drive us to Lédigos and to Terradillo de los Templarios. The legend says that the hen that lays golden eggs is buried in here. We leave Terradillos towards Moratinos and San Nicolás del Real Camino, the last towns of the province of Palencia before arriving in León. Leon is the province that has more kilometers within this French Camino. After passing the chapel of Virgen del Puente, we will get to Sahagún, where we can see its rich cultural heritage.
Sahagun is a town with a wide Jacobean tradition and a rich cultural heritage. We face here the stage that takes us to Bercianos del Real Camino to finish in Burgo Ranero with all the services we need.
The stage between El Burgo Ranero and Mansilla de las Mulas is not too long and it goes through a wooded path which leads us to Reliegos and Mansilla de las Mulas. We find here all the services we need.
From Mansilla de las Mulas we set out towards Villamoros by the old stone bridge. We cross the Porma river to Puente De Villarente. We have all kind of services till we arrive at ALto del Portillo, from where we can see the city of León. We enter the city through the district of Puente Castro and by following the signs we reach the magnificent cathedral