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Stage 16: Cañaveral – Galisteo (33.0 Km)
Deviation to Cañaveral-Deviation Hostel of Grimaldo: 0-8,7 km
Deviation Hostel of Grimaldo-Riolobos:8,7-23.5 (14,8 km)
Riolobos-Galisteo:23.5-33.0 (9,5 km)
Cañaveral-Grimaldo: 0-7,3 km
Grimaldo-Holguera:7,3-15,4 (8,1 km)
Holguera-Riolobos:15.4-19,9 (4,5 km)
Riolobos-Galisteo:19,9-29,4 (9,5 km)
ATTENTION: This stage has been changed. Due to a problem with the owner of a farm that does not allow the passing of the camino through their land, the layout has changed between Grimaldo and Galisteo. Read the description.
This is the stage of the Via de la Plata where the bike path and walking path are different.
If cycling follow the N-630 until you have passed Grimaldo, where you turn left along the Holguera Highway (CC-5.4). Follow the road through the village of Holguera where you take a left towards the village of Riolobos. In Riolobos we will rejoin the walking path. We continue along the road until Galisteo.
If you begin at deviation to Cañaveral continue straight along the path we took (photo 2 km 0.6). Cross the railroad tracks (photo 3 1.3 km) up to the Cañaveral station and continue straight until you meet some industrial buildings where you turn left (photo 4 Km 1.8). The trail leads to a roundabout and we return to, the by now well known N-630. You continue along the N-630 for about 400 meters, and when you reach the height of the chapel of San Cristobal (photo 5 km 2.8) take a left turn off of the highway. From there, there is a sharp incline 2.5 km (photo 6 km 4.2 and photo 7 km 4.4) up a stone path that will eventually arrive, near the top, to a small road (photo 8) which takes us back to the main road (photo 9 km 5.3). Here we turn right and come to a roundabout where there is a men’s club and from where we part with the inseparable N-630. Be careful here! because a few meters from this roundabout there is a fence to the left where we leave the road back onto the camino (photo 10 km 5.9).
The road runs more or less parallel to the N-630, although we leave here the inseparable national road which we will not again encounter for about another 50 km. The landscape is one of oak trees and scrub (photo 11 km 8.2). Here the road is not too well signposted but we should know that we must continue more or less parallel to the highway that runs along to our right and then we will not get lost.
Arriving at 8.7 km of the stage we will see some arrows and a few posters for Grimaldo Hostel that indicate a deviation to the right (photo 12 km 8.7). If we decide to spend the night in Grimaldo we take the right turn (photo 13a) and after 800 meters we should be at the door of the hostel. If we decide to spend the night in Galisteo continue straight.
The road continues until it crosses the Holguera Highway. We will open and close a couple of fences (the first of a few that we will meet on this stage) and continue straight (photo 13 km 9.5). We continue for three km with a fence on our left (photo 14) and continue the 2 following kilometres travelling between two fences. We then leave the the path by which we came, and after another fence, we take a right onto a path that takes us to the highway (photo 15 km 20.3 km and photo 16 km 20.6).
This is where the road has changed due to conflict with the owner of the farm: before we would have taken a right along the highway, but now we turn left in direction of Riolobos. Follow the road that will take us through the village and continue following the road until Galisteo.
Because of these problems there can be a confusion with the arrows. For this reason, If the pilgrim prefers, you can choose the alternative bicycle route, which is to follow the Holguera Highway to Riolobos and Galisteo, all along the highway and with no risk of getting lost.