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10 day Camino de Madrid - Stages and reflections

Discussion in 'Camino de Madrid' started by kardisa, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. kardisa

    kardisa Member

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    I just finished the Camino de Madrid yesterday and thought I'd share my stage info for anyone else who is looking at doing it in 10 days. The mileage and times below include bathroom breaks but NOT stops at cafes or sightseeing. My total travel time was 1-2 hours more than what is listed.

    Day 1: Madrid to Colmenar Viejo - 35km, 7h30m
    Day 2: Colmenar Viejo to Cercedilla - 34km, 8h07m
    Day 3: Cercedilla to Segovia - 31km, 6h45m
    Day 4: Segovia to Sta. Maria la Real de Nieva - 32km, 6h29m
    Day 5: Sta. Maria la Real de Nieva to Coca - 22km, 4h55m
    Day 6: Coca to Alcazaren - 26km, 5h06m
    Day 7: Alcazaren to Puente Duero - 25km, 4h36m
    Day 8: Puente Duero to Castromonte - 36km, 8h08m
    Day 9: Castromonte to Villalon de Campos - 44km, 8h54m
    Day 10: Villalon de Campos to Grajal de Campos - 31km, 6h19 min

    NOTE: I did the 6km from Grajal de Campos to Sahagun on Day 11, as I was worried that there would be no room in the albergue there due to the traffic on the Frances. It took me approximately 1 hour to cover this distance in the morning. Had I not been worried about getting a bed, this distance could have easily been tacked on to Day 10.

    A few other notes:
    * I did this as a single woman and, while I only met a handful of pilgrims during my trip, I felt incredibly safe and looked after wherever I went.
    * The albergues were well spaced, clean, and easy to access. I was often the only one there.
    * This Camino is possible if you don't speak any Spanish, but you'll quickly learn simple phrases such as "cuanto cuesta" and "albergue llaves". More knowledge of Spanish would, however, have made it a more interesting experience.
    * The path is incredibly well marked.
    * Carry some food. On several occasions the bars were not open in towns, and I was happy to have some bread, nuts, cheese, etc.
    * This is a very isolated Camino but, oddly enough, I feel much more isolated now that I'm on the Camino Frances. The lack of pilgrims on the Madrid makes running into someone else a special thing, and I also greatly enjoyed my interactions with the locals.

    All in all, I feel like this particular Camino is a hidden gem. I look forward to returning next year as a hostelero.
     
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  2. timr

    timr Active Member Donating Member

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    @kardisa Very happy to hear that you enjoyed it so much! And I agree with your point about the language. It was my first Camino with more than very basic Spanish on my part and it did add a lot to my enjoyment.
     
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    Rich1 Active Member Donating Member

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    Thanks @kardisa - quite possibly/probably going to do this route in August. Helpful info. :)
     
  4. Anemone del Camino

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    Is water an issue? Do you have to carry water for the full day on most days?
     
  5. kardisa

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    I did not find water to be a problem at all. There are fuentes (fountains) with fresh water in almost every village. Due to this, I only carried a liter at a time.
     
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    Anemone del Camino Anemone

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    Good to know. Thank you.
     
  7. pmjsmith

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  8. pmjsmith

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    Those distances are a bit too long for me; are there other places to stay in between?
    I'd love to try this Camino but not able to walk that far daily. Thank you.
     
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  9. KinkyOne

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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    Don't let @kardisa stages put you off this wonderful Camino. It was her stride and you have your own!

    Many options to cut the stages short depending whether you want to stay at albergues or are willing to spend some more € on private acommodation. Take a look here:
    http://www.mundicamino.com/los-caminos/40/camino-de-madrid/
    and look under albergues & hospedajes and you'll get the picture of distances between accommodations. Mind you that albergues on CdM are very well equipped and nice. Also read some of the recent threads because at least 3 forum members that I can remember right now walked it this year and they all posted their impressions.

    Happy planning. It's half of the fun :)
     
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    Thanks, I'll check it out. And yes..I love the planning!
     
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    As KinkyOne said, you definitely do not have to do these distances. :) There are albergues every 5-20km, and you can easily find a schedule that suits you. However, the highlights of my trip were Segovia, Coca, Alcazaren, and Medina de Rioseco. My only regret is that I didn't stay in the latter city over night.

    Edit: I mentioned in another post that I used the $5 CSJ kindle ebook. This provides excellent and accurate info on amenities and albergues in each town.
     
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    That's good news, thank you. And I'll get the ebook.
     
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    I walked The Madrid Camino in Marz and used 14 days and found places to stay where I had planed to be. Nice albergues many places on the camino. I just met two other pilegrims during the 14 days, and many nice local people.
    1. Madrid - Colmenar Viejo
    2. Colmenar Viejo - Mataelpino
    3. Mataelpino - Cercedilla
    4. Train from Cercedilla to Segovia because of snow
    5. Segovia - Ané
    6. Ané - Nava de la Asunción
    7. Nava de la Asunción - Villeguillo
    8. Villeguillo - Alcazarén
    9. Alcazarén - Puente Duero
    10. Puente Duero - Cigunuela
    11. Cigunuela - Penaflor de Hornija
    12. Penaflor de Hornija - Medína de Rioseco
    13. Medína de Rioseco - Villalon de Campos
    14. Villalon de Campos - Grajal de Campos
    And then I continued on the French Camino
    15. Grajal de Campos - Bercianos del real Camino
    .....
    The Madrid Camino is easy to walk, not much up and down, mostly nearly flat.
     
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    Sounds like a good plan. Thank you.
     
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    I too would like to walk the Camino de Madrid. Mainly because mostly not on paved roads and relatively flat ( the dodgy knee). I took a look at the website of the amigos of the Camino de Madrid and am very impressed with their work.
    Only difficult etapa in terms of kilometres would be the one before Segovia. Don't think I can handle 30 kilometres anymore.
     
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    Take the train to Segovia as I did.
     
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    If the reason for not being able to walk 30k is dodgy knee I wouldn't worry. I have two dodgy knees :)
    The ascent is "tough" but descend isn't that steep at all and surface is very soft, like in every forest. Also you can shorten this stage a bit firstly by staying in the last albergue in Cercedila and secondly by going to Valsain the first day. At least two pensiones are there. And the next day leg to Segovia would be shorter. Or you may even walk from Valsain to La Granja de San Ildefonso the first day and take the tour through Royal palace and gardens next morning. That way it would be shorter leg on the second day to Segovia where you can enjoy afternoon sightseeing. I think that even if you would walk all the way from Cercedilla to Segovia on official Camino you would want to take rest day there. So you have three options and don't worry about the knee :)
     
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    @KinkyOne : will look into the options. The Gronze and Amigos de Camino de Madrid don't give much explanation about detour to La Granja..will search a bit more...
     
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    I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
    I think @pilgr went that way this spring and we talked a lot about that detour. Anyway there are GPS tracks in my daily journal in Madrid section.
     

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