It was raining when I left this morning and the rain continued for 2 hours until I reached Rabanel del Camino where I had breakfast. I knew this was going to be a special day – leaving the plains of the Meseta and approaching the mountains of Leon where I would reach the highest point on the camino.
The climb began as I approached the small village of Foncebadon and as I climbed steadily Monte Irago the sun emerged and the views were magical with clear skies and puffy white clouds – the mountains clad in glorious heather and yellow broom.
The summit at over 1500 metres is marked by a special cross – Cruz del Ferro.
The descent via steep mountain tracks was, even in dry conditions, treacherous with loose rocks beneath your feet and required a great deal of care.
I decided to stop for the night in a little mountain village of El Acebo