Camino Francés: Brierley

Brierley’s Route

Popular Route from Saint Jean to Santiago

Geo-Location


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Overview

The Brierley Route is based on the route recommended by Camino veteran John Brierley in his popular English-language hardcopy guidebook, A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago.

The Brierley Route is a suitable option for just about all pilgrims – 33 walking days is a good balance between ‘getting it done’ and not over-doing it. For the most part, the communities the guide recommends for over-nighting (ie, the end points for each stage) are fairly good, with the selected communities usually being interesting and having decent accommodation options (though we’d take Zubiri over Larrasoaña). The Brierley Route seems to be the most popular path taken by English-speaking pilgrims – if you are looking for other English-speaking pilgrims to meet up with, this is a good choice.

The downside to the Brierley route is that it is the most popular path taken by English-speaking pilgrims – if you are looking to somewhat avoid the all-out daily rush to the next albergue, you may want to slightly modify this route so that you are a bit ‘off-schedule’ relative to everyone else. That said, keep in mind that English-speaking pilgrims still represent a very small percentage of overall pilgrims (albeit a growing percentage).

The Brierley Route used here follows the ‘recommended’ route in the Brierley guidebook. There are some small differences, mainly in some of the paths through larger communities, but it is mostly the same including the same stage breaks.

Useful Stuff to Know…

Starting Location: St Jean Pied de Port
Finishing Location: Santiago de Compostela
Total Distance: 772.9 km
# Stages in Route: 33
# Sections in Route: 146
Avg Stage Distance: 23.4 km
Total Ascent: 13,790 m
Total Descent: 13,725 m
Longest Stage: #25 – 30.6 km
Shortest Stage: #28 – 18.2 km

Stage 01

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
24.4 km 1,470 m 715 m
Saint Jean – Orisson Excellent 7.7 km 665 m 60 m
Orisson – Roncesvalles Excellent 16.7 km 805 m 660 m

Stage 02

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
26.6 km 500 m 945 m
Roncesvalles – Burguete 2.8 km 5 m 60 m
Burguete – Espinal 3.8 km 55 m 80 m
Espinal – Viscarret/Gerendiain 4.9 km 120 m 210 m
Viscarret / Gerendiain – Linzoáin 1.8 km 15 m 65 m
Linzoain – Zubiri 8.0 km 180 m 380 m
Zubiri – Larrasoaña 5.3 km 125 m 155 m

Stage 03

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
19.4 km 350 m 390 m
Larrasoaña – Trinidad de Arre 10.3 km 225 m 295 m
Trinidad de Arre – Pamplona 4.1 km 40 m 30 m
Pamplona – Cizur Menor 5.0 km 85 m 65 m

Stage 04

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
18.8 km 395 m 505 m
Cizur Menor – Zariquiegui 6.2 km 205 m 45 m
Zariquiegui – Uterga 5.8 km 145 m 270 m
Uterga – Obanos 4.5 km 35 m 120 m
Obanos – Puenta la Reina 2.3 km 10 m 70 m

Stage 05

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
21.9 km 510 m 440 m
Puente la Reina – Mañeru 5.2 km 175 m 80 m
Mañeru – Cirauqui 2.6 km 65 m 25 m
Cirauqui – Lorca 5.6 km 155 m 180 m
Lorca – Villatuerta 4.6 km 40 m 80 m
Villatuerta – Estella 3.9 km 75 m 75 m

Stage 06

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
21.4 km 450 m 425 m
Estella – Ayegui 1.5 km 65 m 5 m
Ayegui – Irache 1.8 km 85 m 20 m
Irache – Villamayor de Monjardín 5.8 km 205 m 80 m
Villamayor de Monjardín – Los Arcos 12.3 km 95 m 320 m

Stage 07

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
27.4 km 475 m 545 m
Los Arcos – Sansol 6.9 km 85 m 55 m
Sansol – Torres del Rio 560 m 20 m 35 m
Torres del Río – Viana 10.6 km 275 m 265 m
Viana – Logroño 9.3 km 95 m 195 m

Stage 08

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
29.2 km 455 m 340 m
Logroño – Navarette 12.7 km 230 m 95 m
Navarette – Ventosa 6.8 km 155 m 30 m
Ventosa – Nájera 9.7 km 70 m 215 m

Stage 09

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
21.0 km 410 m 255 m
Nájera – Azofra 5.9 km 135 m 75 m
Azofra – Cirueña 9.2 km 235 m 40 m
Cirueña – Santo Domingo 5.9 km 40 m 135 m

Stage 10

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
22.7 km 370 m 235 m
Santo Domingo – Grañon 7.0 km 120 m 40 m
Grañon – Redecilla del Camino 3.9 km 80 m 60 m
Redecilla del Camino – Castildelgado 1.6 km 30 m 0 m
Castildelgado – Viloria de Rioja 2.0 km 45 m 20 m
Viloria de Rioja – Villamayor del Rio 3.5 km 55 m 60 m
Villamayor del Rio – Belorado 4.7 km 40 m 55 m

Stage 11

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
23.8 km 470 m 240 m
Belorado – Tosantos 4.8 km 65 m 20 m
Tosantos – Villambistia 2.0 km 45 m 5 m
Villambistia – Espinosa del Camino 1.5 km 40 m 5 m
Espinosa del Camino – Villafranca de Montes de Oca 3.5 km 75 m 25 m
Villafranca de Montes de Oca – San Juan de Ortega 12.0 km 250 m 185 m

Stage 12

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
26.0 km 200 m 335 m
San Juan de Ortega – Agés 3.6 km 20 m 60 m
Agés – Atapuerca 2.5 km 10 m 20 m
Atapuerca – Villalval 4.4 km 120 m 130 m
Villalval – Burgos 15.4 km 55 m 125 m

Stage 13

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
20.7 km 185 m 235 m
Burgos – Tardajos 10.9 km 55 m 105 m
Tardajos – Rabé de las Calzadas 2.2 km 20 m 15 m
Rabé de las Calzadas – Hornillos del Camino 7.7 km 105 m 110 m

Stage 14

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
19.9 km 235 m 245 m
Hornillos del Camino – Hontanas 10.5 km 170 m 120 m
Hontanas – Convento de San Anton 5.6 km 25 m 95 m
Convento de San Anton – Castrojeriz 3.7 km 40 m 30 m

Stage 15

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
24.7 km 255 m 285 m
Castrojeriz – Albergue / Ermita de San Nicolas 9.0 km 155 m 200 m
Albergue / Ermita de San Nicolas – Itero de la Vega 1.9 km 10 m 5 m
Itero de la Vega – Boadilla del Camino 8.0 km 65 m 55 m
Boadilla del Camino – Frómista 5.8 km 25 m 25 m

Stage 16

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
19.8 km 145 m 90 m
Frómista – Población de Campos 3.4 km 10 m 10 m
Población de Campos – Villovieco 4.5 km 30 m 30 m
Villovieco – Villalcázar de Sirga 6.5 km 50 m 30 m
Villalcázar de Sirga – Carrión de los Condes 5.4 km 50 m 20 m

Stage 17

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
26.8 km 160 m 110 m
Carrión de los Condes – Calzadilla de la Cueza 17.3 km 75 m 45 m
Calzadilla de la Cueza – Ledigos 6.1 km 55 m 40 m
Ledigos – Terradillos de los Templarios 3.4 km 30 m 25 m

Stage 18

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
26.3 km 220 m 210 m
Terradillos de los Templarios – Moratinos 3.3 km 25 m 40 m
Moratinos – San Nicolás del Real Camino 2.6 km 20 m 40 m
San Nicolás del Real Camino – Sahagún 7.0 km 60 m 70 m
Sahagún – Calzada del Coto 5.1 km 30 m 45 m
Calzada del Coto – Calzadilla de los Hermanillos 8.4 km 80 m 15 m

Stage 19

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
24.1 km 70 m 160 m
Calzadilla de los Hermanillos – Mansilla de las Mulas 24.1 km 70 m 160 m

Stage 20

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
18.4 km 175 m 130 m
Mansilla de las Mulas – Puente Villarente 5.9 km 15 m 10 m
Puente Villarente – Arcahueja 4.4 km 55 m 5 m
Arcahuenja – León 8.2 km 105 m 115 m

Stage 21

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
20.8 km 205 m 175 m
León – Trobajo del Camino 3.6 km 25 m 30 m
Trobajo del Camino – La Virgen del Camino 3.5 km 75 m 5 m
La Virgen del Camino – Villar de Mazarife 13.7 km 105 m 140 m

Stage 22

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
30.1 km 230 m 245 m
Villar de Mazarife – Villavante 9.5 km 0 m 40 m
Villavante – Hospital de Órbigo 4.4 km 5 m 20 m
Hospital de Órbigo – Villares de Órbigo 2.5 km 15 m 5 m
Villares de Órbigo – Santibanez de Valdeiglesias 2.5 km 50 m 30 m
Santibanez de Valdeiglesias – San Justo de la Vega 7.9 km 130 m 130 m
San Justo de la Vega – Astorga 3.3 km 35 m 20 m

Stage 23

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
20.5 km 345 m 55 m
Astorga – Murias de Rechivaldo 5.2 km 50 m 25 m
Murias de Rechivaldo – Santa Catalina de Somoza 4.3 km 100 m 0 m
Santa Catalina de Somoza – El Ganso 4.3 km 40 m 10 m
El Ganso – Rabanal del Camino 6.8 km 155 m 15 m

Stage 24

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
25.2 km 510 m 1,085 m
Rabanal del Camino – Foncebadón 5.5 km 290 m 5 m
Foncebadón – Manjarin 4.3 km 80 m 75 m
Manjarin – El Acebo de San Miguel 7.0 km 110 m 405 m
El Acebo de San Miguel – Riego de Ambrós 3.2 km 0 m 205 m
Riego de Ambrós – Molinaseca 5.4 km 30 m 390 m

Stage 25

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
30.6 km 405 m 450 m
Molinaseca – Ponferrada 6.8 km 100 m 145 m
Ponferrada – Cacabelos 16.1 km 125 m 180 m
Cacabelos – Pieros 1.6 km 65 m 0 m
Pieros – Valtuille de Arriba 1.9 km 50 m 30 m
Valtuille de Arriba – Villafranca del Bierzo 4.3 km 70 m 95 m

Stage 26

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
30.0 km 1,485 m 730 m
Villafranca del Bierzo – Trabadelo (via Pradela) 11.6 km 545 m 510 m
Trabadelo – La Portela de Valcarce 3.8 km 100 m 75 m
La Portela de Valcarce – Ambasmestas 1.3 km 30 m 15 m
Ambasmestas – Vega de Valcarce 1.6 km 45 m 20 m
Vega de Valcarce – Ruitelán 2.2 km 50 m 25 m
Ruitelán – Las Herrerias 1.4 km 35 m 25 m
Las Herrerias – La Faba 3.3 km 270 m 35 m
La Faba – Laguna de Castilla 2.5 km 260 m 5 m
Laguna de Castilla – O Cebreiro 2.3 km 155 m 25 m

Stage 27

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
20.6 km 360 m 980 m
O Cebreiro – Liñares 3.2 km 75 m 135 m
Liñares – Alto do Poio 5.2 km 235 m 125 m
Alto do Poio – Fonfría 3.4 km 30 m 70 m
Fonfría – Biduedo 2.4 km 5 m 105 m
Biduedo – Triacastela 6.5 km 25 m 545 m

Stage 28

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
18.2 km 365 m 590 m
Triacastela – Calvor 13.2 km 315 m 470 m
Calvor – Aguiada 530 m 0 m 20 m
Aguiada – San Mamed del Camino 1.2 km 10 m 20 m
San Mamed del Camino – San Pedro do Camino 1.8 km 10 m 75 m
San Pedro do Camino – Sarria 1.5 km 30 m 10 m

Stage 29

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
21.9 km 460 m 555 m
Sarria – Vilei 3.6 km 140 m 65 m
Vilei – Barbadelo 700 m 35 m 0 m
Barbadelo – Morgade 7.7 km 190 m 95 m
Morgade – Ferreiros 1.4 km 30 m 15 m
Ferreiros – Moimentos 2.9 km 35 m 115 m
Moimentos – Mercadoiro 465 m 0 m 35 m
Mercadoiro – Portomarin 5.1 km 30 m 230 m

Stage 30

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
24.3 km 570 m 360 m
Portomarin – Gonzar 7.5 km 235 m 30 m
Gonzar – Hospital da Cruz 3.6 km 140 m 15 m
Hospital da Cruz – Ventas de Narón 1.4 km 35 m 5 m
Ventas de Narón – Ligonde 3.5 km 25 m 105 m
Ligonde – Eirexe 795 m 30 m 20 m
Eirexe – Lestedo 2.6 km 40 m 70 m
Lestedo – Palas de Rei 4.9 km 70 m 115 m

Stage 31

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
25.6 km 485 m 735 m
Palas de Rei – San Xulian 3.5 km 45 m 135 m
San Xulian – Ponte Campaña 1.0 km 5 m 45 m
Ponte Campaña – Casanova 1.3 km 70 m 5 m
Casanova – Leboreiro 3.3 km 70 m 105 m
Leboreiro – Melide 5.7 km 85 m 80 m
Melide – Boente 5.5 km 85 m 145 m
Boente – Castañeda 2.2 km 75 m 60 m
Castañeda – Ribadiso da Baixo 3.1 km 55 m 165 m

Stage 32

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
22.2 km 480 m 505 m
Ribadiso da Baixo – Arzúa 2.2 km 90 m 0 m
Arzúa – Salceda 12.0 km 240 m 270 m
Salceda – Santa Irene 4.7 km 110 m 110 m
Santa Irene – Pedrouzo 3.2 km 40 m 125 m

Stage 33

Name Rank Distance Ascent Descent
19.7 km 390 m 420 m
Pedrouzo – Lavacolla 9.4 km 220 m 205 m
Lavacolla – Monte do Gozo 5.5 km 120 m 45 m
Monte do Gozo – Santiago de Compostela 4.8 km 50 m 165 m

Admin Notes

04 Jan 2015: Minor tweaks to the route.