I left before sunrise and made my way down the mountain tracks to Molinaseca with a romanesque bridge where I stopped for breakfast. The next section to Ponferrada is semi-urban. Ponferrada with its 12th-century castle built by the Knights Templar is the last major city before Santiago.
From Ponferrada, I am walking through the beautiful wine-growing region of Bierzo before reaching my destination of Villafranca not realising that I had walked 40 kilometres ( 25 miles ) since I had started this morning.
Enjoyed a supper of paella and local red wine.