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  1. Dougie1982valley

    Via de la Plata in reverse (Gijón to Cádiz)

    I cannot offer any great advice per se, other than to say that this seems like a very cool plan and I hope it works out for you - be sure to post your progress as when you undertake this journey. BC.
  2. Dougie1982valley

    COVID New start dates?

    I’ve read some encouraging articles from mainly American based news outlets teporting with that Portugal have so far been able to control the pandemic quite well. It seems that with speedy measures from government and possibly even more importantly, the majority of citizens seemingly acting...
  3. Dougie1982valley

    COVID Humor in times of Covid-19 (round 2)

    I wake from this awful dream that the planet is on lockdown and so I crank up some Spanish radio on the iPad while making a (Bad) cafe solo, as the coffee beans perculate I am reminded that I don’t understand 99% of this beautiful language but it takes me back to each morning on camino. I miss...
  4. Dougie1982valley

    Armchair tasting tour of Spanish wine

    A glass of Txakoli in the Basque Country on a hot afternoon is happiness in a glass.
  5. Dougie1982valley

    Just a little thought....

    Hello folks. I often have this thought as I am driving around southern England with my job and I just wanted to share it. I have been fortunate enough to have walked the CF and the VDLP, and not a day goes by when I don’t think of the Camino and the wonderful people I’ve met - and while I wish I...
  6. Dougie1982valley

    Leaving Seville tomorrow

    Cheers Gary. It will be interesting to see how it differs from the CF. Dougie.
  7. Dougie1982valley

    Leaving Seville tomorrow

    Hello all. Flying from Manchester to Seville later today, staying at triana backpackers tonight then hoping to begin the VDLP tomorrow :) Looking forward to the experience and meeting new friends. BC. Dougie
  8. Dougie1982valley

    Buying sleeping bag liner in Sevilla

    Appreciate the response. I was planning on getting an assortment of equipment in Seville and a sleeping bag liner is the only thing of concern. I shall most likely follow the advice and eat something sorted beforehand. Thanks again! BC
  9. Dougie1982valley

    Buying sleeping bag liner in Sevilla

    Good day folks. Does anybody know if Decathlon in Sevilla sells sleeping bag liners? Or do you know of any other stores in the city which will sell them? Thank you :)
  10. Dougie1982valley

    Sleeping bag on the VDLP?

    Noted! Thank you!
  11. Dougie1982valley

    Sleeping bag on the VDLP?

    You make a lot of sense, particularly if sleeping in a monastery ends up being part of the trip. Thanks for your input :)
  12. Dougie1982valley

    Sleeping bag on the VDLP?

    .....after reading previous threads regarding this topic, I shall be taking a sleeping bag! BC :)
  13. Dougie1982valley

    Sleeping bag on the VDLP?

    Hello all. I never once needed a sleeping bag on the CF last summer. Do any of you wise pilgrims out there believe I shall need to take one for the VDLP which I shall be starting on April 10th. Thank you in advance :) Dougie.
  14. Dougie1982valley

    VdLP Spring Walkers' Calendar

    Hoping to walk out of Seville 9/10th April all being well. After the CF last summer, I am very curious to see how the VDLP compares/contrasts. BC. Dougie.
  15. Dougie1982valley

    Biarritz Airport Hotel & Bus to Bayonne

    I stayed at the Inter Hotel Amarys which is a 2 minute walk from the airport, it’s very easy to get to and the staff are very helpful. Breakfast is hearty and the bar/restaurant serves up excellent local food and drinks. I shall stay there again this year without hesitation. Also, across the...
  16. Dougie1982valley


    These tales of trust and sanctuary are just excellent. Heart warming stuff.
  17. Dougie1982valley

    Urban Myths

    Myth - The Meseta is an arduos, never ending slog. Reality - Enchanting bliss. (Hindsight is a wonderful thing) 😉
  18. Dougie1982valley

    Walking into Burgos

    Yes, I regret going as quick but it’s a learning curve I guess :)

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