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  • Just asking if you are flying from Stansted to Biarritz, I did in 2019 with RyanAir. It all worked well for me and then I got a shared taxi with Express Bourricot to get to SJPdP. If you are staying at Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Stansted don't rely on their wake-up call being on time - the breakfast is pretty bad as well. I am hoping to do another one next year. Good luck from Harrogate.
    BobMcGhee
    BobMcGhee
    Many thanks, but the grand plan is Newark to SJPDP by train in just a day. I await East Coast Main Line sorting out their summer timetable to make all connections. If you were going again, I think the train starts in Leeds! Not too far from the delightful Harrogate.
    Bob
    Harland2019
    Harland2019
    At the time I never considered going by train, I was a bit nervous about getting there anyway to start my 1st walk abroad (with no knowledge of Spanish and very little French) despite lots of long-distance walks in this country (Pennine Way twice, South West Coast Path etc) despite being well-travelled and 71 years old at the time!
    Harland2019
    Harland2019
    The cost of getting to Stansted by train/s was £22.10 and the Ryanair cost was £69.80 including 20 KGS in the hold and 2 cabin bags. The return flight from Santiago cost £126.31, left at 10.35 back at Stansted by 11.45 although it was 6.00 p.m. by the time I got home.
    Recently retired, overweight and planning the Camino del Norte next year (COVID permitting) Hopefully, weight will be more acceptable and getting the kilometers under the belt.
    Is this a “good” decision or should I opt for the Frances for my first venture?
    Bob
    Tincatinker
    Tincatinker
    Hi Bob, you'll likely get more responses if you post your question in the main forum rather than as a profile post. Try the "Announcements" board. The Frances is often the go to for neophytes - most infrastructure, most pilgrims, easiest navigation. The Norte will probably feel more of an adventure. And lose that excess weight before you tackle the camino, your knees will love you.
    BobMcGhee
    BobMcGhee
    Thanks for the advice on posting and weight, the later is a work in progress, target is 15kg lighter and generally fitter. A fraction of the carrying weight.
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