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  1. Julia Mumford

    Anyone have a favourite British Pilgrimage?

    I'm not sure when you walked it, but I walked the South Downs Way in July this year (wrote a book on my experience) and I would say that it is very well supported with accommodation, right on the trail. Many B&B's, a few hostels, and lots of camping opportunities. The Cotswold Way is a...
  2. Julia Mumford

    Finally got my first Compestella - July 2018!

    Finally got my first Compestella - July 2018!
  3. Julia Mumford

    Pre-Booking Bag Transfer

    How did you print out the tickets? (did all hostels have printers that they are happy for you to use?)
  4. Julia Mumford

    An in-betweener Hotels and Alberques

    If you want the true Camino experience then I suggest starting at St Jean. As you’ve already highlighted, this is where people establish their “Camino Family”. Excitement is high as for many it is their first time and people will gravitate to you as you have experience of walking the Camino...
  5. Julia Mumford

    Gear Review: The little things

    Love this post, thanks Michael. I totally agree with the long cable. I walked my 2nd Camino section in October 17, and took a long cable. It means that you can charge your iPhone whilst in a top bunk. I had a Polaroid Zip printer (lightweight and smaller than an iPhone). I printed photos of...
  6. Julia Mumford

    Sent email request for Albergue Orrison for 8/1

    I stayed there on 21st October 2017 and it was their last night for the season. They are now shut until the spring.
  7. Julia Mumford

    Has anyone used a trekking umbrella?

    I'm looking into trekking umbrellas for a Camino trip in June/July 2018. Not for rain protection, but more from the sun. The last two years I've broken out in a cold sore, and I think the sun plays a big part in this. This year I walked in October, and the weather was not as hot. I didn't get a...
  8. Julia Mumford

    Excited! St Jean here I come

    Tomorrow I fly out from Stansted (UK) to Biarritz, then Friday morning I’ll be taking my first steps on the Camino from St Jean. (This is my third Camino and I can’t wait!). My bag is packed (I really should give my pack a name as it’s full of personality!), and I’m ready to rock n roll! ---
  9. Julia Mumford

    Let’s talk budgets.

    I once stayed at a €5 albergue in Nareja and the beds were grim.
  10. Julia Mumford

    Let’s talk budgets.

    I saw that thread. How crazy is that?? That sad thing is that some people will pay it. More money than sense!
  11. Julia Mumford

    Let’s talk budgets.

    Travelling the Camino Frances route, using half decent albergues, how much money would you budget for each day? I’m thinking in the region of €35 a day? What do you think?
  12. Julia Mumford

    Security crackdown on taking walking poles with cabin backpacks

    I’m flying next Thursday from Stansted to Biarritz. I flew twice last year with Ryan Air and took my poles with me, but my friend had hers confiscated. I think it was simply a matter of who you get at security! After reading this thread I’ve made the decision to check in my pack and poles...
  13. Julia Mumford

    Najera to Biarritz airport on a Sunday

    Thank you. I don’t think I will risk it and will stay in Logrono on 28th. Thanks again
  14. Julia Mumford

    My notes for the Frances

    Great post, thank you. We often hear of what people are taking on the Camino, but it’s good to hear of the things you didn’t use. I’ve just purchased a heater to make coffee as I’m a real grump until I’ve had my first cup. But if you only used yours once then perhaps it’s something I can do...
  15. Julia Mumford

    Najera to Biarritz airport on a Sunday

    I’m struggling to find a reasonable route to the airport on Sunday 29th October. My last day walking is Sat 28th Oct. I finish in Najera. My flight is on Sunday 29th October @ 18.05 from Biarritz. I could finish walking a day early at Logrono and spend an extra day in the city as transport...
  16. Julia Mumford

    Packing cubes or dry sacks?

    Thank you. I’ll stick with my dry bags.
  17. Julia Mumford

    Packing cubes or dry sacks?

    I’ve always used dry sacks to help separate my clothes in my backpack but people on YouTube are saying that packing cubes are the way forward. What do you think?
  18. Julia Mumford

    Packing list

    I’m also walking the Camino this October (St Jean on 20th). I have a sleeping bag that is lightweight and opens up as a quilt. I also have a liner (to stop bed bugs more than anything else). I have one pair of shorts and one long pair of walking trousers. Suggestion: why don’t you buy one...
  19. Julia Mumford

    Wailing woman in Sarria

    That was my first thought as well!
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