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5 days on the Invierno

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jennysa

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
I am walking the Camino Madrid with a friend. We finish at Leon and had planned to take a bus to Ferrol to walk the Camino Ingles and we have allocated 6 days for this (5 days walking and 1 day travelling to get there.

I am, however, getting cold feet about the Ingles when I read up about the numbers walking it. I read today that it is the 4th most popular Camino, surpassing the Primitivo. If we switched to Invierno, would it be feasible to walk the last 5 days and how would we get there from Leon. The other alternative is to walk the last 5 days of the VLP. Unfortunately our flights out and accommodation has already been booked at Santiago so we have to finish up in Santiago. I would not consider the Portuguese either because of the crowds. Does anyone have any suggestions, please
 

ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
Take the train to Ponferrada, O’Barco,Quiroga/ San Caudio, or Monforte de Lemos and walk some days on the Invierno.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
You'll really enjoy this camino, Jenny! You want a train that goes from Leon to Monforte de Lemos; it's very easy - there's no need to change trains in Ponferrada . If you hop on the train that goes from Leon to Santiago, it will stop there. It's a magnificent ride, showing you part of the Invierno that you'll miss.

If you want a couple of more days on the Invierno, you could always take the train from Sahagun, and get off earlier, say at A Rua.
 
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NiniSum

Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances (2012: Leon to SdC) C Finisterre (2012) C Frances (2015: SJPP to Leon) C Inglés (2019)
I walked the Camino Inglés last June/July, and we only met 6-8 people while walking. We did it in 6 days, but 5 is certainly do-able. We split the Ferrol to Pontedeume into 2 days.
 

jennysa

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
I walked the Camino Inglés last June/July, and we only met 6-8 people while walking. We did it in 6 days, but 5 is certainly do-able. We split the Ferrol to Pontedeume into 2 days.
Thank you for that information - I have been hearing reports of full albergues etc. At this stage I no longer have any desire to be part of the crowd, so it is interesting that you did not encounter many along the way.
 

jennysa

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
@jennysa, not sure where you got your stats from but here are the PO's numbers http://oficinadelperegrino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/peregrinaciones2019.pdf

Around page 10 you'll see the numbers for the Primitivo & Ingles; 15,715 on the former, 15,780 on the latter. All in all I don't think you'll notice much difference in the swarming hordes ;)
Thanks for that. I have been following posts on the Camino Ingles and a recent one nearly gave me a heart attack when he talked about the numbers and full albergues.
 

jennysa

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Camino(s) past & future
CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
You'll really enjoy this camino, Jenny! You want a train that goes from Leon to Monforte de Lemos; it's very easy - there's no need to change trains in Ponferrada . If you hop on the train that goes from Leon to Santiago, it will stop there. It's a magnificent ride, showing you part of the Invierno that you'll miss.
thanks. That sounds wonderful.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
I edited that post with another idea that popped up after I posted it. However you go, buen camino, Jenny!
 

jennysa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2011,2012 2013,2014, 2015 Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016,2017 Primitivo 2018,2019
You'll really enjoy this camino, Jenny! You want a train that goes from Leon to Monforte de Lemos; it's very easy - there's no need to change trains in Ponferrada . If you hop on the train that goes from Leon to Santiago, it will stop there. It's a magnificent ride, showing you part of the Invierno that you'll miss.

If you want a couple of more days on the Invierno, you could always take the train from Sahagun, and get off earlier, say at A Rua.
Great Idea.
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
I took quite a fancy last year when finishing VDLP of the comparetively short trip from Ourense to SdC, well done in 5 days.
Plenty of space, no crowds, going down through oak groves and splendid views.
Leon to Ourense is a mere 3h 40m away on a train...

 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Yes, that's your other option.
The last 100k of either the Invierno or the Sanabres.
I can't speak to how nice the part of the Sanabres is before A Laxe (where it merges with the Invierno), but the Ribeiria Sacra on the Invierno before that is soooo amazing. Someone who's walked both would be better placed to give advice about which is 'better.' (Whatever 'better' means. 🙃 )
 

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