The faithful began hiking to Santiago in at least the twelfth century, enacting their belief that St. James had been the first to bring Christianity to Spain. The Rev. Craig Townsend, from St. James' Church on the UES is leading a group of pilgrims on a 70-mile hike to Santiago de Compostela this summer. There are several ancient routes; the one they'll take is known as the Camino Portugues, or Portuguese Road, as it begins in Lisbon and leads northward. It is less known than the main route (which previous trips have followed), less crowded, and quite beautiful. A $250 deposit is required to secure your place. Contact the Rev. Craig Townsend for more information.