Way of St. James
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This route runs
along a track that maintains its height on the north slope of the Pico de Santa
Bárbara, A Boibela and Penedo do Campo mountains, which all stand at over 1,000
metres above sea level.
The route begins
by visiting the Pena do Chao, a rocky outcrop with a petroglyph, where there is
also a magnificent viewpoint over the valley formed by the Antigua and Cabe
rivers. The path then approaches the mouths of several iron mines, such as the
Cova do Avión, the Cova da Tinta or the Cova do Couso. These mountains hide
small and numerous farms, some dating from the first half of the 20th century
and others from much earlier.
A steep slope
leads up to the Foxo de Lobos de Monteagudo, an old trap to reduce the wolf
populations that threatened the herds. Later, the route approaches another
viewpoint in Pena de San Mamede. From this point, the route continues to the
source of Balneario, a once crowded and famous spring declared to be of public
It is recommended that you do not enter the mines.
From Sarria or Monforte de Lemos, through the CG-2.2 to the LU-644 road to access A Cruz do Incio. The start in Chao de Namelas is on the road that connects the villages of San Pedro and Monteagudo, at approximately km 3.
FOXOS DE LOBOS
Wolf pits (foxos de lobos in Galician) are buildings that wolves were led towards in order to hunt them. They are generally made up of a pair of walls and a well. The walls, which are sufficiently high to prevent them being scaled by the animals, converge around a hole dug in the ground (a pit or foxo) in which the wolves were captured.
6.1 km The main route measures 5.2 km and the variants measure around 900 meters round trip.
Balneario source close to the village of A Ferrería (Concello do Incio).
Proximities of Chao de Namelas (Concello do Incio).
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