Ruta Via de la Plata, A Very Rough Guide

Oseira monastery

Many are aware that the Camino de Santiago is an ancient Christian pilgrims route with Santiago de Compostela as its final destination.  What most folk don’t realise until they’ve been and walked the Way, is that it’s only one of

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Why Walk the Camino Frances

Evening meal in Grannon

I first walked the Camino Frances in 2004, and I first wrote this article in 2009 and thought it could do with some updating. I was a student at the time and I wanted to do something different during the

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How to Choose Waterproofs

Waterproofs

The Basic Principles of Layering This is the third post in my series about walking gear for the Camino, the first was on choosing boots or walking shoes, the second on choosing a rucksack. This is a general article on

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How to Choose a Rucksack for the Camino

backpack-fitting

After choosing the best walking boots for your feet, a rucksack is the second most important piece of equipment you need for walking any of the Caminos.  Bear in mind this humble backpack is going to hold all your belonging

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How to Choose the Best Walking Boots

walking shoes

It’s important to have the right footwear for your level of hiking, more so if you are going on a walking holiday or a long distance walk like the Camino de Santiago, (and the right backpack and waterproofs). Different styles

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Camino de Santiago is A Journey For the Masses

The Camino Frances

“But I don’t think I can walk that far.” “You can,” I protest. “The Camino is completely different from the Appalachian Trail.” “How so?” This is a sample conversation that I have had with countless potential pilgrims. Believe it or

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Cluny to Le Puy on the Chemin de St Jacques

Le Puy

Stage One: Chemin de St Jacques Cluny to Le Puy, February 17th to March 3rd It seemed we were destined to walk the Camino. Well, in retrospect. I had six months long service leave and we had a house in France.

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Inner and Outer Experiences of the Camino de Santiago

cross-at-san-justo

Our Camino, September – October 2013 by Eric Broussine Since completing the Camino de Santiago I have read 2 books by individuals who have described their inner and outer experiences, their trials, their triumphs and their fellow pilgrims along the way.

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A Sense of Community on the Appalachian Trail and Camino de Santiago

Roncesvalles 06 albergue 06 shoes

“Hey man, is there any way you can come hike with me on the Appalachian Trail?” I anxiously asked all my close friends. “No, I’ve gotta’ work,” was the response I invariably received. “Well, how bout’ just going for a

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What is the Best Time to Walk the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago in the Winter

This is one of the questions I get asked most frequently, what is the best time to walk.  In many ways they are all good for different reasons, and yes I know that is a bit oblique – so I

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Where Can I Get a Pilgrims Passport?

pilgrim-sellos

A pilgrims passport is a must, (also known as a credential), you must have one to stay in the municipal and parish Albergues, some of the private albergue do not require one.  The passport will have a spaces for sellos

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Reasons to Walk the Camino de Santiago

Pyrenees 19 guidepost

You have to be fairly motivated to walk the Camino de Santiago from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain – as it is 800km.  Usually 800km with your rucksack on your

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Westward, to the World’s End

Finisterre

We have come to the end of the world, my shadow, my backpack, my blisters and I. For here at Cape Finisterre, this wind-whipped westernmost spit of Spain, European travellers once came timidly to stand at the end of all

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Getting Walking Fit for the Camino

The last time I was fit was towards the end of the Camino Frances.

How fit do I have to be to walk the Camino de Santiago?  This is one of the questions I am most asked.  The answer to this has a lot to do with other issues. How long do you want

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Did You Lose Weight on the Camino?

leslie in albergue

I lost about 8kgs, about 18 lbs, over a four week period. So yes I did lose a lot of weight on the Camino. However losing weight was never one of my intentions for walking. I did not set out on

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