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    Castilblanco de los Arroyos to Almadén de la Plata. aka. the stage from hell.

    I really hope they are successful as it is a very long stretch with the added bonus of a steep hill right at the end. For those who do not want to walk the road section there is a man in the village who will take you to the park entrance for €25.
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    Navigation problems gpx and site

    Yes, the display is not always that great on maps.me but it is very clear when it is on google earth. When you open the track click on ‘more’ and you get the option to download on google earth. Again, you will have to ensure that you will have at least viewed the areas of the track in an...
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    Navigation problems gpx and site

    This is how to load the tracks onto an iPhone from the website in my previous post: Install maps.me Under ‘download maps’ type Italy and select those you need and download for offline use. On the viafrancigena website http://www.viefrancigene.org/en/mappe/ select the legs you want to download...
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    Navigation problems gpx and site

    I know the feeling . . . Have a look at this link for tracks for the Francigena. http://www.viefrancigene.org/en/mappe/ I used it in 2016 to load onto my phone and at that time I was pretty clueless about that sort of thing. I didn’t have maps.me and used another app but it should be fairly...
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    Where to find a gpx track from Le Puy to SJPDP?

    Here’s a link for tracks for virtually all of the tracks in Europe provided by the Dutch Pilgrim Society including the route from Le Puy. There is also an explanation in English on how to download them if you need it. I’ve been using them on the VdlP and have found them quite reliable when...
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    Camink in Japan Kumano Kundo in April

    Hi Youren, I walked the Kumano Kodo last February and am now on the Via de la Plata. I choose to walk in Japan in February largely because of the weather as although it was cold I avoided the rain. The Kii Peninsula has its own microclimate and the heavier rains begin in April. See this...
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    Stream crossing between Fuente de Cantos and Zafra

    It was an easy crossing yesterday of the stream between Fuente and Zafra. The bridge is in good condition so no wet feet!
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    The albergue near a brothel?

    I’m in a very quiet little bar in Castilblanco de Los Arroyos on the VdlP and you’ve just made me laugh out loud, startling the proprietress a bit. I’ll keep an eye out for Croque Monsieur’s and Croque Madame’s too!
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    The albergue near a brothel?

    Oh, look what you’ve started! ;););)
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    Starting in seville early February

    I’m in Seville now and will be starting tomorrow. It’s bright and sunny here but the mornings are cold and will be even more so further inland. Make sure you have some warm layers! If you want to have the cathedral stamp your credenciale you can bypass the line for individual entry (south...
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    Starting in seville early February

    Hi Amelia, I’m limited on time and will need to start on the 3rd so it looks like we will just miss each other by a day or two, but hopefully there will be a few others starting in early February to join you. If I come across any flooded arroyos that might require rerouting I’ll let you know...
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    Starting in seville early February

    I’ll be starting from Seville on February 3 and would be happy to have some company to walk with on the first couple of stages as well. Are you still planning to start on the 8th or 9th? Anyone else starting in early February?
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    Travel Insurance for New Zealanders

    Hi Mark, I think the limit of coverage of 6000 metres is ALTITUDE, not distance, so that won’t be a problem within Europe. It’s common for insurance companies to set the limit at 6000 M, (although many restrict coverage to 1500 M — check the fine print!) as it covers most trekking routes in the...
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    VDLP June

    I’m starting at the beginning of February from Seville, and plan to walk as far as Merida this time. The temperatures are looking good, obviously not hot yet, around 20 degrees but the mornings will be cold to start. I have a question to those who have walked the VdlP in winter: Would you...

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