Camino del Norte
Day 21: Polanco to Cobreces
(Right) Onwards ever onwards!
Pilgrims used to shout "Ultreya!" which is untranslateable but means "Courage!" or "Keep going" or "Cheer up!"
The Church at Barreda (below)
It developed into a very hot sunny day
Interesting bell tower en route to Santillana
Steep street in the old village of Santillana del Mar
12th century Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana
Unfortunately the Church closes from 11:30 to 16:00 so I was unable to enter
But the cloister was open. Here I discovered a scallop shell embedded in the floor
Pillars of the cloister
The pillars were ornately decorated
18th century Church of San Martin at Ciguenza (top)
The long and winding road!
Another valley, another ascent (left)
18th century Church of San Martin de Ciguenza at Cobreces
The colourful exterior of the Church
The 'acqueil' of the Cistercian Monastery at Cobreces
A very weary pilgrim lays down her staff and takes off her boots! (top)
The Monastery Church (left)