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21 stages from Bilbao to Villafranca

Discussion in 'Viejo Camino,Camino de la Montaña,Camino Olvidado' started by peregrina2000, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. peregrina2000

    peregrina2000 Moderator Staff Member Donating Member Donating Member

    Mar 6, 2006
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    Champaign, Illinois, USA
    Several camino associations along the Camino Olvidado are sponsoring a walk in late April to reawaken public awareness about the Camino Olvidado. Information on the stages, and the telephone number to call if you want to sign up is listed on the poster in the article. It looks like you can walk as many or as few of the stages as you want.


    Several forum members have walked the route, and I think we concur that it is one you should put on your wish list. There are several days in the mountains that sit right up there with the Salvador, Vadiniense, or Catalán, IMO. And it can't' be a
    4 **** camino with some good romanesque, and this one does not disappoint!

    What has happened since Susanna and I walked is that Ender (aka the Salvador angel) has turned his not inconsiderable talents towards the Olvidado (it crosses the Vadiniense in Cistierna and the Salvador in La Robla, so it is all in his neighborhood). He has spent years marking, working with associations on the albergue issue, and he says it's ready to be walked! I do have some documents from him listing accommodation, but cannot post them till I'm back at a desktop computer. But if you are inspired to head out immediately, send me a PM and I will email them to you.

    Susanna and I did write up a little "guide" based on a Spanish language guide and reworked as we walked it, but I think that Ender has done major re-routing to avoid asphalt. Here's a great project for someone -- take our Olvidado guide, walk with Ender's new arrows, and update the guide for the forum. Any takers?

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  2. NualaOC

    NualaOC Veteran Member Donating Member

    Mar 11, 2012
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    Northern Ireland
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Francés, Inglés, Finisterre/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte and hopefully many more.
    That looks very interesting, Laurie. Yet another moment when I SO wish I could retire and walk more Caminos!
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  3. SEB

    SEB Active Member Donating Member

    May 30, 2014
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    April (2015) SJPdP to SdC; Porto to SdC April (2016)
    Thank you so much for this. I copied the link and emailed to a peregrina (now a friend) I met on the Frances in 2015. She is very interested in this as it allows her to walk from the ferry from England which docks at Bilbao.
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  4. Anemone del Camino

    Anemone del Camino Anemone

    Apr 21, 2014
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Frances from 2006 to 2013. Camino del Norte from Donostia to Llanes - 2014. May 2015: Primitivo. May 2016: Portuguese central + variante espiritual. April 2017: half of VDLP.
    Laurie, did you find out what he means by 'inaugural' on his poster?
  5. Viranani

    Viranani Veteran Member Donating Member

    Jul 18, 2014
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    Wherever I am...now in Europe
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Francés (2014, 2015)
    St Olav and Francés (2016)
    Baztanés and Francés (May 2017)
    My feet are itching.
    Maybe someday when all my visa time is not taken up with other things. Connecting to Ponferrada in order to walk to Santiago via the Invierno is possible, yes Laurie?
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