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    Rabanal del Camino - Refugio Guacelmo

    Hello, try contacting CSJ, the Confraternity of St James in London - email: office@csj.org.uk - it’s one of their refugios. It’s also one of my favourites! Buen Camino.
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    Trekking Poles Tips

    Take a spare pair! I lost a tip on flight over to my first Camino, everyone could always recognise me coming from miles away!!
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    Which hat looks better?

    Now that’s a hat!! Mine is an even more battered version of B which has happily accompanied me on 7 Caminos!!
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    Which hat looks better?

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    Icebreaker Merino Shirts - Now a Blend - Alternatives?

    I’m in the UK - Alpkit is based here in the UK while Kathmandu is an NZ company but has online outlets in many countries. I’ve worn merino from both these companies as well as old Icebreaker tops on Caminos in France and Spain. Good luck!
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    Icebreaker Merino Shirts - Now a Blend - Alternatives?

    They both look like they might have what I need. Many thanks.
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    Icebreaker Merino Shirts - Now a Blend - Alternatives?

    Hello, have you tried Alpkit, https://alpkit.com/ or Kathmandu, https://www.kathmandu.co.uk/. I’ve bought pure merino from both of these in the past - assume they have men’s shirts as well as women’s!
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    Advice for a 'mature' pilgrim re the Vezelay route

    This is a route I’m also interested in walking, and I’m not as young as I was! So far I’ve heard that a fair proportion is (or was) on the road (is this right?), and it’s quite isolated. I will check the links on this post and keep watching others’ views. For example, are there many regular...
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    South Downs Way

    I walked it in two sections about 10 years ago. Lovely walk over chalk paths with views of sea one side and rolling hillside the other. As others have said, main problem is accommodation - you have to descend each night and return to the top next morning. Where there were no youth hostels, we...
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    South Downs Way

    Must remember that - I love the SDW!
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    What 'Camino' Food do you Now eat at Home?

    Santiago cake! Delicious and easy to make. And Padron peppers of course.
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    LIVE from the Camino Arles to Somport reports

    Bon chemin and buen Camino! I’m enjoying walking the Le Puy chemin GR65 again, across beautiful countryside. Will have to return home to London from Figeac...
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    LIVE from the Camino Arles to Somport reports

    Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear about your calf - as you say, you must listen to your body and rest is the best cure. I have changed my plans and decided to walk part of the Le Puy Camino again instead. Having tried to book accommodation on the Arles route from Montpellier, several places in the...
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    LIVE from the Camino Arles to Somport reports

    Thank you so much for your detailed and very helpful reports. Must say I’m a bit concerned I’ll be strong enough - I’m a bit older than you and a lone female pilgrim. If possible, depending on distance between albergues, I will try to walk fewer daily kms, particularly over the challenging...
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    LIVE from the Camino Arles to Somport reports

    If you walk from Montpellier you may still run into the second construction project which was on the outskirts of town just before the D65. I’ve seen it suggested on another site to take a tram and bus to Grabels. If you can figure that out you’ll avoid that second and most confusing...
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    LIVE from the Camino Arles to Somport reports

    Very helpful information as I’m about to walk part of the Arles Camino starting end of next week. From the above I’ve decided not to start in Arles but join route in Montpellier, hoping to avoid road blocks. I’ll book a day or two in advance, as you suggest. Luckily I do have some basic French...
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    Beilari has a new facebook page!

    I remember the Beilari well - welcoming, introductions all round at delicious dinner and great support for nervous pilgrims! An excellent introduction to the Camino - thank you!
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    Pls help me decide: Camino Porto or Geneva-LePuy Route?

    It is... Good luck and enjoy! Bien Camino!!
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    Pls help me decide: Camino Porto or Geneva-LePuy Route?

    I walked the Portuguese coastal route from Porto in May - while I agree there are many and regular places to stay, we found it was necessary to book several days in advance. Also, there are lots of cobblestones which I found hard on the feet. I’ve no experience of walking from Geneva but have...
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    Camino Portugues hotel

    We stayed at the hotel Corinto, Pontecabras, 3.2 kms after Pontevedra in Spain on the northern stretch of the Camino Portuguese. I recommend it as an excellent small hotel (room for two was €40, with private bathroom), and only 200 metres off the Camino. Brierley mentions it on his map and gives...
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