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Stage 5: O Barco de Valdeorras – A Rua (11,9 km)
Pabellón Deportivo-Albergue de A Rua (sport center which is used as a pilgrim refuge) (14.7 km).You have to make a detour of 2.8 km in order to reach the sport center.
O Barco (1)-Arcos (2): 0-5,0 km
Arcos (2)-Fabric Pizarras Gallegas (3): 5,0-6,9 (1,9 km)
Fabric Pizarras Gallegas (3)-Vilamartin de Valdeorras (4): 6,9-8,8 (1,9 km)
Vilamartín de Valdeorras (4)-A Rua (5): 8,8-11,9 (3,1 km)
Elevation (See Profile)
Follow the main Street of O Barco (Marcelino Suarez Avenue (photo 1 km 0) and Eulogio Fernández Avenue) until you reach a railway bridge on your right. Pass under it (photo 2 km 0.8) and afterwards you will approach a traffic circle. Take the second exit (photo 3 km 1.0) and keep straight on until you approach a fork with a sign that says “Monasterio de Xagoaza” (photo 4 km 1.3). Pass under the N-120 road through a tunnel (photo 5 km 1.6) and carry on 200 meters until you reach a little square where you have to make a detour to the left (photo 6 km 1.8). At this point you should keep straight on by the paved road until you get to Albergue de Xagoaza (you have to climb a steep slope of 1.4 km to get to the pilgrim refuge). If you follow the road, you can take the hand-left path which starts at the little square.
At a Y-shape fork take the path on the right (photo 7 km 2.0) to completely cross the town. Then you will reach a road that you should cross and continue straight on (photo 8 km 2.1). After about 700 meters you will approach a paved road that is parallel to the N-120 road (photo 9 km 2.8). When a gently slope starts, you should make a detour to the left (photo 10 km 3,2) where the road leads to a dirt path (photo 11 km 3.8).
When you approach a fork you have to be CAREFUL because it is wrongly signposted: you have to continue on the left (photo 12 km 3.9) and downhill until you reach and new paved road where you should continue on the right, towards Arcos (photo 13 km 4.2). Follow the road (photo 14 km 5.0) for about 1 km until you reach a detour on the left side that is next to a blue white zebra crossing (photo 15 km 5.2). Keep straight on and downhill until you go under the tunnel of the N-120 road (photo 16 km 5.4) and immediately turn right following the road that is parallel to N-120 and that is on your right (photo 17 km 6.0). At approximately 1.5 km you will pass in front of the fabric Pizarras Gallegas by this road (photo 18 km 6.9).
Just after you passed the fabric, you should make a detour to the left (photo 19 km 7.1) by the bridge that is over the railroad tracks. At the end of the slope, you should turn right (photo 20 km 7.2). Follow this road, from which you can see the Sil river at your left (photo 21 km 7.8) until you reach a new crossroads where you should continue on the left (photo 22 km 7.9) and that will get you to Vilamartín de Valdeorras (photo 22 km 7.9). At the center we will continue towards O Bañadoiro (photo 23 km 8.2) and at the next signposted crossroads (photo 24 km 8.8) you can turn to the right if you want to get to Albergue de Vilamartín ( a pilgrim refuge) or you can keep straight on to continue the Winter Way.
After about 300 meters you will approach a new crossroads ehre you should continue on the left (photo 25 km 9.0) so that the railroad tracks are on your right and the river on your left. When you get to a bridge over a river, you should keep straight on without crossing it (photo 26 km 10.3). Afterwards there is a new fork where you should continue on the left (do not cross the tunnel of N-120 road) (photo 27 km 10.5). Follow this road, always on the left side (photo 28 km 11.1) until you get to A Rua (photo 29 km 11.7). Keep straight on by the main road and you will approach a new fork this time on the right (photo 30 km 11.9). In order to get to the sport center of A Rua, which sometimes is used as a refuge, you should keep straight on down the road (almost 3 km more).