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1st Oct Start from Irun.............is this Wise?

BiggBlue

Robin
Time of past OR future Camino
17 Frances 18 Portuguese,
19 Primitivo 22 Norte
Due to a family birthday celebration, I had to delay my planned start on the Norte until 1st October. I read as much as I could and know the route and the potential weather challenges as well. I have 34 days to do it before I have to fly back to London. So having down previous Caminos I realise much as I enjoy the solitude whilst walking I very much look forward to companionship in the evenings and making friends along the trail.
I know that Norte is a quieter route and that Albergues start shutting up in October, it got me thinking that will it be too quiet.
I know the scenery can be spectacular and am looking forward to enjoying it.
Plus as the month goes on sunrise is after 0800 and it gets chilly too so more warm clothes and walking in the dark (as I like 0630 starts)

But I have this nagging doubt, it's not the best option. So, I have had a few ideas and wondered if anyone can give me their input/thoughts/great wisdom or two cents worth.

Options

1. Walk the Norte take a bus/metro through large cities and save two or three days - to remove the possible time constraint and a mad dash over the last week.

2. Walk to Bilbao, then get a bus to Burgos and pick up the French Camino. As it will be busier and more accommodation options, finish in Santiago and continue onto Finisterre, (which I have not done). Then next March/April return to Bilbao and finish the Norte.

3. Play it by ear keep both options open and see how the situation appears when I get to Bilboa.


I am starting on Sat 1st October, and discovered there was not a bed to be had in San Sebastien ( as I think there is a festival going on), fortunately, I managed to get a place but was last room ( if booking.com is to be believed)

Thoughts?
 
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zenofmatthew

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10/4/21 - 10/12/21 Vega to Santiago.
I was making the same consideration last year, my thought was that more services would be open along the Frances, and the thought of that cold sea breeze didn't sit well. But if it is warm....
 

michal.don

New Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Camino del Norte 2022
Sorry, I can't say whether it's wise or not. But if you decide to go for it, we might possibly meet out there, I'm starting on the 8th of October in Bilbao. By then we'll probably know if it was a good idea to go to the Norte in October :)
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Time of past OR future Camino
10/22 Aragones/Frances
I walked the Norte in October to almost December 1st in 2018. I had really good weather most of the time. Chilly in the mornings on the coast and some rain but never alot. I guess I was lucky. Colder but no snow in Galicia. I was always able to find albergues to stay. I would call ahead to make sure they were open but I never had any real problems. I used Gronze, Wise Pilgrim and Buen Camino apps as no one app has all the places to stay and none are more than about 65% accurate for open/closed dates. Buen Camino
 
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henrythedog

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Due to a family birthday celebration, I had to delay my planned start on the Norte until 1st October. I read as much as I could and know the route and the potential weather challenges as well. I have 34 days to do it before I have to fly back to London. So having down previous Caminos I realise much as I enjoy the solitude whilst walking I very much look forward to companionship in the evenings and making friends along the trail.
I know that Norte is a quieter route and that Albergues start shutting up in October, it got me thinking that will it be too quiet.
I know the scenery can be spectacular and am looking forward to enjoying it.
Plus as the month goes on sunrise is after 0800 and it gets chilly too so more warm clothes and walking in the dark (as I like 0630 starts)

But I have this nagging doubt, it's not the best option. So, I have had a few ideas and wondered if anyone can give me their input/thoughts/great wisdom or two cents worth.

Options

1. Walk the Norte take a bus/metro through large cities and save two or three days - to remove the possible time constraint and a mad dash over the last week.

2. Walk to Bilbao, then get a bus to Burgos and pick up the French Camino. As it will be busier and more accommodation options, finish in Santiago and continue onto Finisterre, (which I have not done). Then next March/April return to Bilbao and finish the Norte.

3. Play it by ear keep both options open and see how the situation appears when I get to Bilboa.


I am starting on Sat 1st October, and discovered there was not a bed to be had in San Sebastien ( as I think there is a festival going on), fortunately, I managed to get a place but was last room ( if booking.com is to be believed)

Thoughts?
virtually every booking on booking.com is one of the last rooms available on their site. That is not the same as being one of the last rooms available - try contacting the accommodation direct. If you don’t speak Spanish (you could be excused for not speaking éuscara) translation software or just phoning and asking if anyone speaks English are options.
 

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