Galicia is a wonderful place to go for a stroll in the countryside. Wherever you go, you will find a footpath that disappears into the woods. Follow it and you never know where you will end up. All you need is a comfortable pair of walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a rucksack to carry some water and a snack.
I’m going to describe some of the walks I’ve been on in the last few years and I’ll recommend a couple for each season. I’ll start with the autumn, or as Americans call it, ‘the fall’, as this is when the leaves fall from the trees. I would recommend a walk in the River Sil gorge in Ourense, or a hike along the Eume river, ending at the monastery of Caaveiro. If you prefer a coastal setting, why not follow the footpath from Arou on the Costa da Morte to the lighthouse at Cabo Vilán? On the way you will see some spectacular scenery and also the English cemetery, where the sailors from the British ship, ‘The Serpent’- which sank in 1890- are buried.
The shorter days and likelihood of poor weather mean a short walk is a good idea in the winter. Two that I would recommend in the local area are the Mill route in Riamonte, Ames and the path from Tapia to Ponte Maceira, where you can enjoy a beer on the terrace overlooking the River Tambre after your hike.