The English Way made by Father Martín Sarmiento
During his trip to Galicia in 1745, Father Martin Sarmiento walked the English Way in the opposite direction to the normal, starting in Santiago and finishing in Ferrol. Between August 6th and 9th, he slept in Sarandóns (Abegondo), in the monastery of San Juan de Caaveiro and in the convent in San Martiño de Xubia.
This erudite talks about all the places very accurately. In Santiago, the bridge of Sionlla and the chapel of Agualada. In Oroso, the Sigüeiro bridge in the Tambre River and the chapel of A Santiña. In Ordes, he talks about Caga Boi na Fonte and the Pereira Bridge. The next are Poulo, Táboas bridge and Cabeza de Lobo. In Mesía, Costa do Rabo da Egua and the Hospital in Bruma. In Abegondo, As Travesas, Peito Bordel and Sarandóns, where he spent the night.
The next day, he visited the pazo of Figueroa, San Tirso de Mabegondo, the chapel of San Antonio and the bridge in Beldoña. In Betanzos, Guiliade, Infesta and the bridge of As Cascas at the entrace of this town. He left by the old bridge of the Mandeo river, Caraña, San Martiño de Tiobre, Guende and San Pantaleón das Viñas. In Miño, Ponte do Porco, the bridge in the Lambre river, Viadeiro and San Xoán de Vilanova. In Pontedeume the castle of Andrade and San Pedro de Vilar. At the entrance of the village there is and old bridge in the Eume river, with two sculptures: a bear and a boar. He slept in the royal priory of Caaveiro.
The third day he visited Santo André de Cabanas, Laraxe, Santiago de Barallobre and Santo Estevo de Perlío. In Neda, San Nicolás e Santa María, the hill of Ancos and the bridge in the Jubia River. He arrived in the priory of San San Martiño de Xubia where he slept, in order to visit Ferrol and its royal arsenal during the following days.
Text courtesy of Juan Burgoa, Foro de Amigos de Ferrol