When I walked the Camino Inglés last summer, one of the guidebooks I used was The Camino Inglés: 6 Days (or less) to Santiago, by Susan Jagannath. I enjoyed reading this guide on my Kindle App the night before each stage. I often referred to it again before heading out for the day, and to look up points of interest.
First off, I love how she begins each day with a poem or quote. Here are two of my favorites:
“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face.”
I always loved this Irish blessing. I thought it was a great way to start the chapter for Day One. And this one, from The Hobbit for Day Five was so à propos!
“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
She really put some thought into which quote to feature for each stage.
But let’s get to the practical benefits of this guide. There are the requisites for any Camino guide such as daily walking distances, listings for accommodations, and elevation stats for each stage. Instead of maps embedded in this guide, Susan offers a free PDF download of the maps which can be printed out.
Susan has lovely narrative and writing style that is funny at times. I appreciated that Susan encourages pilgrims to split a few stages. Apparently, some pilgrims speed through the Camino Inglés in four or five days! I took her advice and split the first stage to stay in Neda. See Camino Inglés: Ferrol to Neda. I also split the hardest stage between Betanzos and Bruma.
Susan offers the Kindle version free during Easter weekend, so now is the time!
Please note that this guidebook starts from Ferrol, not A Coruña. For pilgrims doing the short version of the Camino Inglés starting from A Coruña, you can still benefit from this guide. Just skip ahead until Bruma, where the two Caminos converge. And because I found a lack of good resources about A Coruña and I enjoyed it so much, I wrote five very detailed posts about it (See Pre-Camino posts here). Between Susan’s guide and my posts, we’ve got you covered!
Susan Jagannath successfully combined a passion for reading, a love of writing and a fascination for technology, to create a career in technical writing. With over 50 technical manuals (not) to her name, she finally decided it was time to use the power of Amazon to fuel her own books, and her self-publishing journey began. As an army brat, her childhood included seven different schools, three universities and a couple of emergency evacuations from conflict zones. Travel and adventure were a normal part of life. She now believes in seizing every opportunity to have a new adventure.
Whether it’s camping on the beach in Australia, trekking in the Himalayas, kayaking in Queensland, whitewater rafting down the Ganges, or walking the Camino in Spain, her philosophy is to pack it into one or two weeks to create memories for a lifetime, (and disconnect from television and computer games). Susan is now on the next adventure of her life, writing books that are not technical manuals, training to be an awesome grandmother, and helping others on their writing and publishing journeys.
Follow Susan at https://www.susanjagannath.com/