0.40km → Santecilla
To end of camino: 
457.80
Altitude: 
192
1.40km → Gijano de Mena
To end of camino: 
457.40
Altitude: 
194
To end of camino: 
464.30
Altitude: 
307
To end of camino: 
460.30
Altitude: 
318

I give the Villasana de Mena option a 5***** rating. Not because the Hotel Foramonteros is so great, though it is fine. But because from Villasana, there is a marked off-road path, frequently alongside a pretty stream, to visit two wonderful Romanesque churches — San Lorenzo (in Vallejo) and Santa María (in Siones). The first is in a little hamlet, and the second stands alone, with a house nearby. Neighbors have the keys — best to call so they know you are coming. These are the phone numbers that worked for me in 2014!

San Lorenzo de Vallejo:...

The Road: 

Day 3. Villasana de Mena to Espinosa de los Monteros (28 km) OR Nava de Ordunte to Espinosa (33 km).

From Nava de Ordunte (aka, Adolfo’s garage), it is 33 km to Espinosa de los Monteros. From Villasana de Mena, it is 28. The two “branches” join up at the...

Accommodation in Villasana de Mena

0.80km → Nocedal
To end of camino: 
456.00
Altitude: 
242
To end of camino: 
455.20
Altitude: 
212
1.90km → Nava de Ordunte
To end of camino: 
453.90
Altitude: 
222
1.30km → Partearroyo
To end of camino: 
452.00
Altitude: 
233

Nava de Ordunte is small, but it has a bar and restaurant, at least it did pre-Covid. More importantly it is where Adolfo lives. Adolfo has been promoting the Camino Olvidado for years, and was extremely helpful to us when we walked. I called him several times when I was in a pinch, hundreds of kms away, and he was always happy to help. Adolfo’s garage has been converted into an “informal” albergue. It is not listed in Ender’s guide because it is not officially licensed. Give a big contribution so he can get the licenses he needs to “regularize” it.

Adolfo’s option was not...

The Road: 

From Nava de Ordunte (aka, Adolfo’s garage), it is 33 km to Espinosa de los Monteros. From Villasana de Mena, it is 28. The two “branches” join up at the Taranco chapel right outside Ordejón de Mena. If you leave directly from Villasana de Mena, you...

0.30km → Ayega
To end of camino: 
450.70
Altitude: 
287
To end of camino: 
450.40
Altitude: 
303
2.20km → Hoz de Mena
To end of camino: 
441.60
Altitude: 
437
1.10km → Concejero
To end of camino: 
439.40
Altitude: 
418
1.60km → Arceo
To end of camino: 
438.30
Altitude: 
392
2.80km → Irús
To end of camino: 
436.70
Altitude: 
468
5.90km → Bercedo
To end of camino: 
433.90
Altitude: 
515
5.20km → Loma de Montija
To end of camino: 
428.00
Altitude: 
737

Staying near Bercedo
For those who like shorter distances, about 3 km from Bercedo is a Hotel Rural Valtarranz . It is in a town called Noceco. That would give you about a 18 km day from Villasana de Mena to Bercedo, and about 23 from Nava de Ordunte. I have received a note from the owners, who say they are happy to pick peregrinos up in Bercedo or any other reasonable place. But even without that pick-up option, it would leave the day’s total from Villasana at 21.

The Road: 

From Bercedo to Espinosa is flat and sunny, and off road, but that’s about all I remember.

To end of camino: 
422.80
Altitude: 
696

Accommodation in Loma de Montija

To end of camino: 
416.30
Altitude: 
751

We stayed in the very nice Hostal Sancho García, which is the place recommended by Adolfo. We had a room facing onto the plaza mayor with a balcony, so we had a nice front row seat for the band playing and folkloric dancing going on that night. Also a nice spot to eat our troncos.

The Road: 
Day 4. Espinosa de los Monteros to Pedrosa de Valdeporres (25-26 km)

This day on the Camino is almost all off road, through a few small towns and a beautiful natural area. There is one ascent of about 200 m to a great view, with a stretch on the Via Verde

...

Accommodation in Espinosa de los Monteros

2.00km → Para
To end of camino: 
414.80
Altitude: 
789
2.30km → Redondo
To end of camino: 
412.80
Altitude: 
789
To end of camino: 
410.50
Altitude: 
772
4.50km → Quisicedo
To end of camino: 
408.30
Altitude: 
696

Accommodation in Quintanilla del Rebollar

To end of camino: 
403.80
Altitude: 
733

Accommodation in Quisicedo

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Goiko
Casa Rural
To end of camino: 
402.80
Altitude: 
760

Accommodation in Villabascones de Sotoscueva

0.80km → Entrambosríos
To end of camino: 
399.90
Altitude: 
744
3.50km → Rozas (Olvidado)
To end of camino: 
399.10
Altitude: 
740

Accommodation in Entrambosríos

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural La Loma
Casa Rural
To end of camino: 
395.60
Altitude: 
743
To end of camino: 
394.60
Altitude: 
697
0.30km → Santelices
To end of camino: 
393.10
Altitude: 
698

We spent the night in Pedrosa de Valdeporres, about .8 km before Santelices with its albergue in a train station.

We stayed in Hotel Rural La Engaña, double room was 55€. Truth be told, it was not a great price/quality ratio, but hey. A Spanish woman and her British husband operate the facility and also provide English immersion courses.

Probably the highlight of the day was walking through the natural area called Ojo Güareña. If I were to walk this way again, this is where I would mix things up a bit. It is described as a “karst...

The Road: 

Day 5. Pedrosa/Santelices to Arija (27-28 km)

Another pleasant day, nice scenery (one ascent with about 200 m elevation, mostly through green tunnels) some nice open field walking. Nothing spectacular but very comfortable, and a bit of road walking thrown in.

Accommodation in Pedrosa de Valdeporres

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural La Serna
Casa Rural
To end of camino: 
392.80
Altitude: 
674
2.40km → Argomedo
To end of camino: 
390.70
Off Camino: 
0.25
Altitude: 
737
3.70km → Soncillo
To end of camino: 
388.30
Altitude: 
881
4.70km → Virtus
To end of camino: 
384.60
Altitude: 
838

Accommodation in Soncillo

Municipal

1

Albergue Juvenil Soncillo
Municipal
80
Hotel Rural

3

Molino de Luna
Hotel Rural
To end of camino: 
379.90
Altitude: 
861
5.30km → Herbosa
To end of camino: 
378.00
Altitude: 
871

Accommodation in Cilleruelo de Bezana

To end of camino: 
372.70
Altitude: 
883
2.20km → Arija
To end of camino: 
369.90
Altitude: 
847
2.60km → Bimón
To end of camino: 
367.70
Altitude: 
857

Arija is probably my least favorite place on the Olvidado, but that’s just me. The original city was flooded to make the dam that created the reservoir of the Ebro. So what is there now is an “upper town,” newly created after the dam, and the “new lower town” created next to the water. A woman in the pharmacy in the upper town told me they flooded 400 houses, 8 churches, 2 chapels and a glass factory that made glass in the traditional artisanal way. Though the “upper town” is mostly newly built, I remember that the ayuntamiento seemed to be several centries old, so I am not sure...

The Road: 

Day 6. Arija to Olea (32.5 km)

Once you leave Arija, you have entered Cantabria and left Burgos behind. The approximately 18 kms to Villafría, which go along the reservoir, are all on the side of the road. For those who go to great lengths to avoid pavement, I was...

Accommodation in Arija


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