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Encounters along The Way

Walking in Galicia, SpainA man travels to France to collect the body of his son who died while walking along the Camino de Compostela. In order to find out more, he embarks upon a personal pilgrimage, linking up with a disparate band of fellow walkers on a journey of self-discovery culminating with their arrival in Santiago.

This is a brief synopsis of the new Martin Sheen film, ‘The Way’ – showing at selected cinemas this weekend (see list below) – directed by (and co-starring) his son, Emilio Estevez. The centuries-old pilgrimage route, the Camino de Compostela, winds its way through the Pyrenees and across northern Spain to reach the magnificent cathedral dedicated to Saint James in Sant-Iago.

Follow the Pilgrims path to RocamaaourThere is not, in fact, just one route, but several which radiate towards Santiago having started in many places, including Porto, Seville and France. There’s even the Camino Ingles (the ‘English Road’) which leads from the port of Ferrol on the shortest route at only 110km. Walkers carry a ‘pilgrim’s passport’ which entitles them to stay in one of the many albergues, or ‘pilgrims-only' hostels, that line the route.

Throughout the Middle Ages pilgrims travelled immense distances to reach the holy shrine at Santiago, and the route (which features in two of our walking holidays) can be still be traced throughout France. Many people would follow ancient Paths to Rocamadour (right) to visit the black madonna and the chapel on Notre Dame, clinging to the cliffs of the Ouysse valley, before continuing on into Gascony to follow the Camino through a beautiful landscape of Sunflowers and Abbeys.

Inntravel does not walk the whole Way – it's 780km from the French border and 1000km from Seville. However, you can visit Santiago (below) and follow In the Footsteps of Pilgrims to the ‘end of the earth’ at Cabo Finisterre (above) on our walking holiday to Galicia, on which you'll gain a real taste of the rich culture and dramatic landscapes of this remarkable region. And no doubt, there’ll be memorable chance encounters with the people you meet along the way…

This weekend, ‘The Way’ is showing in London (Muswell Hill, Barnet and Covent Garden), Bury St Edmonds, Winchester, Cleethorpes, Manchester, Windermere, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Lisburn (Co Antrim) (more details).

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