Cradle Mountain & the Walls of Jerusalem

My 16 year old son and I have just finished the Cradle Mountains & Walls of Jerusalem walk and, while driving home, we were reflecting on why it was so rewarding and so much fun.

We expected spectacular scenery and plant life, and they were spectacular. We expected challenging terrain and weather, and they were challenging. We didn't expect such exceptional guides and that is why I am writing to you.

Tim is obviously a very experienced, capable and knowlegeable guide and I probably can't tell you anything you don't already know about him. He is a thorough professional. We always felt safe but challenged. I was impressed with his efforts in finding us interesting things to see and do in the Walls when the weather didn't allow us to visit the usual places. I also thought he handled the stop-over in Mole Creek due to flooding with a good combination of leadership and humour and it turned out to be a trip highlight!

So, the thing is, the environment we visited was every bit as spectacular, challenging and rewar ding as we had hoped for. What made this holiday exceptional was your wonderful guides.My son and I have thanked them, but we wanted to let you know as well.

Wayne and Simon C. | Mosman, Australia

Pilgrims Trail to Santiago

The Pilgrims' Trail to Santiago de Compostela is one of the great historical 'long distance foot paths' through Europe. According to legend, it all began in the 9th century when the bones of the apostle St. James, murdered in Palestine, miraculously appeared in a village in what is now Galicia. Word spread round the Christian world, reaching (among others) King Alfonso II of Asturias. He undertook the pilgrimage - journeying through dark woods and daunting mountains, from Oviedo via Lugo to Santiago - and invited fellow kings and nobleman to follow in his footsteps. This 'original' route became very popular in the early Middle Ages, when areas south of the Cantabrian Range were continuously at war. Walked by millions of 'peregrinos' over the centuries, the walk reveals the beautiful natural settings, captivating historical monuments, gorgeous rural farmland and authentically friendly villages of Northern Spain. Near Lugo, the 'Camino Primitivo' joins the more popular French route. In the company of an expert guide we have the option to walk the last few kilometres, to enter the city of Santiago de Compostela on foot.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Oviedo
DAY 2 Walk through the Asturian countryside and transfer to Cornella Monastery and our castle hotel in Salas (5.5hrs)
DAY 3 Walk to Tineo, visit monastery of Obona and continue to Villaluz (5.5-6hrs)
DAY 4 Transfer to Borres following the original high "ruta de los hospitales" and transfer to Pola de Allande (5.5hrs)
DAY 5 Descend to village of Villapedre and cross lake of Salime to our hotel (5hrs)
DAY 6 Transfer to Galicia & walk across high pastures & heather fields to Paradavella (6hrs)
DAY 7 Follow quiet lanes past traditional buildings to Gondar, transfer to Lugo, where the Camino Primitivo meets the classic French route (6.5hrs)
DAY 8 Drive to Monto del Gozo for our first sight of Santiago, walk with other pilgrims to the St James Cathedral (1hr)
DAY 9 Trip concludes

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Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  9 days
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