El Camino: Burgos to Hornillo

Today’s trek: Burgos to Hornillos

This morning we began our walk to Hornillos.

Soon we were at the gate where they filmed the scene in which M. Sheen lost his back pack to a teenaged boy in the movie, The Way.

On we went until I looked over and immediately recognized prison watch towers. I stopped to take a better look. The prison in fact has a number of towers round the complex. The buildings within the fences boast intricate architecture and it looks like there is a chapel entrance in the middle of the complex. I was somewhat surprised to hear radio transmissions over loudspeakers talking about the schedule for the day and the sound of iron gate opening (or closing).

Burgos prison. Picture from Caminomyway.com

We hiked through farmland and along and across a small river.

I looked down to see fishermen looking for crawfish. I should have asked what they call them.

As we continued on we entered Rabe de las Calzadas and came to the 13th century Iglesia de Santa Mariña.

Inside we were individually greeted, gifted with a medallion on a white string, then given a blessing by an elderly woman. She brought me to tears.

The tiny church is beautiful.

The rest of the hike was pretty normal until we came over the last hill to see Hornillos in the valley below.

There we had a good old burger and beer and I wandered off to explore the Iglesia de San Ramon.

Fuente del Gallo

Look at the angel faces looking down at us.

Time to rest.


Siempre pa’ adelante!

About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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