La Robla is the first developed city outside of Leon. In addition to an albergue, there are also hostals and pensions. Avoid those at the entrance to town just over the foot bridge, and continue into the center. There is also a tourist information office near the ayuntamiento if you need a stamp...
Excellent, and restored, Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso. A good place to pause, fill up with water, and relax.
There is also a truck-stop restaurant with the same namesake just across the road. They are pilgrim friendly and your first opportunity outside of La Robla for a coffee. They might also offer a bed (987 575 585)
From here, continue along the road or the tracks to the next left hand turn. It will take you up a gentle ascent to Nocedo de Gordon.
The camino climbs only slightly into Nocedo de Gordon. It does not go into town, but rather take the first Right just at the start of town to follow along the valley.
The river will remain on your right-hand side until you cross over it and into La Pola de Gordon.
The plaza mayor of La Pola is easily missed. After you cross over the river, turn right. Most pilgrims continue the additional 6km to the albergue in Buiza, but if you wish to stay in La Pola, you have a few options. Stock up on food as there is none available for the next couple of days (apart...
Buiza is your last stop before beginning the more mountainous middle section of the camino. If you plan to stay here, you are advised to bring food as the only bar in town has irregular opening hours.
The camino also splits in the center of town, or at least there are two yellow signs...
This alto marks the high point of this day's climbing.
On the way down it is easy to get confused and head towards Rodiezmo. Just past the third rocky outcropping, the path continues straight on to Rodiezmo. The camino itself turns Left.
The last section of the camino into Poladura is a treacherous slog. San Martín is the village just before and there are several easily recognizable paths to get you there. The road between the two cities is short with little traffic.
Poladura is a small town. The albergue is located in the former schoolhouse, and the only place to eat is the Posada El Embrujo.
A note of caution on the next section is in order. Between Poladura and the Puerto de Pajares, the camino climbs over 350m through mountainous terrain. It is a...