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Advice please is this a good route for september taking it slow first timer

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Pamplona - Zariquiegui
Zariquiegui - Obanos
Obanos - Cirauqui
Cirauqui - Villatuerta
Villatuerta - Villamayor de Monjardín
Villamayor de Monjardín - Los Arcos
Los Arcos - Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km)
Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km) - Viana
Viana - Logroño
Logroño - Navarrete
Navarrete - Nájera
Nájera - Cirueña
Cirueña - Redecilla del Camino
Redecilla del Camino - Tosantos
Tosantos - San Juan de Ortega
San Juan de Ortega - Cardeñuela-Ríopico
Cardeñuela-Ríopico - Burgos
Burgos - Hornillos del Camino
Hornillos del Camino - Convento de San Antón
Convento de San Antón - Itero de la Vega
Itero de la Vega - Población de Campos
Población de Campos - Carrión de los Condes
Carrión de los Condes - Calzadilla de la Cueza
Calzadilla de la Cueza - Sahagún
Sahagún - El Burgo Ranero
El Burgo Ranero - Mansilla de las Mulas
Mansilla de las Mulas - León
León - Villadangos del Páramo
Villadangos del Páramo - Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias
Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias - Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km)
Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km) - Foncebadón
Foncebadón - Molinaseca
Molinaseca - Cacabelos
Cacabelos - La Portela de Valcarce
La Portela de Valcarce - O Cebreiro
O Cebreiro - Triacastela
Triacastela - Sivil
Sivil - Sarria
Sarria - Portomarín
Portomarín - Os Valos
Os Valos - Melide
Melide - Pereiriña
Pereiriña - San Paio
San Paio - Santiago de Compostela
 
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Smallest_Sparrow

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I’m not sure when In September you start, if it’s late September then 42 days might have you on the road when some albergues are closing. So I’d check to be sure everywhere you plan to sleep is open. Early September start I think wouldn’t be a problem. Looks like you’ve been having fun planning!
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I’m not sure when In September you start, if it’s late September then 42 days might have you on the road when some albergues are closing. So I’d check to be sure everywhere you plan to sleep is open. Early September start I think wouldn’t be a problem. Looks like you’ve been having fun planning!
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Oh thankyou yes the first week in September! I have been having fun when I can catch a break from work. My two books arrived yesterday also - wise pilgrim and Brierley. I can see how people can become obsessed 😂 I will check the dates of the albergues. Thanks for your feedback
 

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One suggestion that I would make would be to stop in Samos instead of Sivil. Samos is such a lovely little town!
Also, make plans, but be prepared to change them if you find that you would like to walk farther some days and less on others.
 

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Hi. Just a tip to help you get useful comments from other members - don't make us do the work! :). I had to count up the stages on your list twice (I got distracted!) to determine that you have 44 days, which is likely to be enough for most people. But since you didn't give any distances, we would need to look them all up to see if any days are particularly long, or if we have suggestions for adjustments.

You have some very specific stops at places with few lodging choices (e.g. Sivil) so you might need to be aware of adjustments based on the distances planned the day before and day after.

I'm sure you'll see lots of options now, with your guide books. Certainly don't feel you need to follow the stages suggested in those guides, but be aware that there may be limited lodging in some small villages, especially after mid-October.
 
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Pamplona - Zariquiegui
Zariquiegui - Obanos
Obanos - Cirauqui
Cirauqui - Villatuerta
Villatuerta - Villamayor de Monjardín
Villamayor de Monjardín - Los Arcos
Los Arcos - Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km)
Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km) - Viana
Viana - Logroño
Logroño - Navarrete
Navarrete - Nájera
Nájera - Cirueña
Cirueña - Redecilla del Camino
Redecilla del Camino - Tosantos
Tosantos - San Juan de Ortega
San Juan de Ortega - Cardeñuela-Ríopico
Cardeñuela-Ríopico - Burgos
Burgos - Hornillos del Camino
Hornillos del Camino - Convento de San Antón
Convento de San Antón - Itero de la Vega
Itero de la Vega - Población de Campos
Población de Campos - Carrión de los Condes
Carrión de los Condes - Calzadilla de la Cueza
Calzadilla de la Cueza - Sahagún
Sahagún - El Burgo Ranero
El Burgo Ranero - Mansilla de las Mulas
Mansilla de las Mulas - León
León - Villadangos del Páramo
Villadangos del Páramo - Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias
Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias - Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km)
Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km) - Foncebadón
Foncebadón - Molinaseca
Molinaseca - Cacabelos
Cacabelos - La Portela de Valcarce
La Portela de Valcarce - O Cebreiro
O Cebreiro - Triacastela
Triacastela - Sivil
Sivil - Sarria
Sarria - Portomarín
Portomarín - Os Valos
Os Valos - Melide
Melide - Pereiriña
Pereiriña - San Paio
San Paio - Santiago de Compostela

This in my opinion is way too much planning. This will restrict any type of deviation, especially if making reservations multiple days ahead. Weather or an injury?

Just go, enjoy the walk, companionship and at most plan one day at a time.
 
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One suggestion that I would make would be to stop in Samos instead of Sivil. Samos is such a lovely little town!
Also, make plans, but be prepared to change them if you find that you would like to walk farther some days and less on others.
Ok brilliant thankyou. I really chose the towns based on kilometres so I really appreciate the feedback. I will definitely see how I feel and change based on that.
 
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This in my opinion is way too much planning. This will restrict any type of deviation, especially if making reservations multiple days ahead. Weather or an injury?

Just go, enjoy the walk, companionship and at most plan one day at a time.
Great. Thanks for feedback. I wasn't going to plan at all but I saw posts from people saying they couldn't get accommodation or were sleeping outside so I thought I better be responsible 😂🙈 . It suits me much better to just see where I go as I do not have any time pressure.
 
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2021
Hi. Just a tip to help you get useful comments from other members - don't make us do the work! :). I had to count up the stages on your list twice (I got distracted!) to determine that you have 44 days, which is likely to be enough for most people. But since you didn't give any distances, we would need to look them all up to see if any days are particularly long, or if we have suggestions for adjustments.

You have some very specific stops at places with few lodging choices (e.g. Sivil) so you might need to be aware of adjustments based on the distances planned the day before and day after.

I'm sure you'll see lots of options now, with your guide books. Certainly don't feel you need to follow the stages suggested in those guides, but be aware that there may be limited lodging in some small villages, especially after mid-October.
Sorry I should have included distances. Starts off week 1 very easy with 10ks and builds to no more than 20 -25k max. Good to know re October and lodgings. Thanks for feedback
 
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With the flexibility of 44 days, and a guide book in your hands, your planning will be easy. Are you talking about September 2021 or 2022?
 

Smallest_Sparrow

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Great. Thanks for feedback. I wasn't going to plan at all but I saw posts from people saying they couldn't get accommodation or were sleeping outside so I thought I better be responsible 😂🙈 . It suits me much better to just see where I go as I do not have any time pressure.
I often got ahead of the calendar I’d sent to friends and family before I left. I considered it part of the fun when I’d email everyone with the subject line:” but wait, what, I thought she was in el acebo,” and then begin with “ok, everyone pull out their pencil for some changes” 🙂 one of my friends began looking up and sharing things about the Camino with the others, and I believe a few side bets were made on where I’d turn up the next time I found WiFi. And if you get ahead you may find a town in which you’d like to spend an extra day
 

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Pamplona - Zariquiegui
Zariquiegui - Obanos
Obanos - Cirauqui
Cirauqui - Villatuerta
Villatuerta - Villamayor de Monjardín
Villamayor de Monjardín - Los Arcos
Los Arcos - Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km)
Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km) - Viana
Viana - Logroño
Logroño - Navarrete
Navarrete - Nájera
Nájera - Cirueña
Cirueña - Redecilla del Camino
Redecilla del Camino - Tosantos
Tosantos - San Juan de Ortega
San Juan de Ortega - Cardeñuela-Ríopico
Cardeñuela-Ríopico - Burgos
Burgos - Hornillos del Camino
Hornillos del Camino - Convento de San Antón
Convento de San Antón - Itero de la Vega
Itero de la Vega - Población de Campos
Población de Campos - Carrión de los Condes
Carrión de los Condes - Calzadilla de la Cueza
Calzadilla de la Cueza - Sahagún
Sahagún - El Burgo Ranero
El Burgo Ranero - Mansilla de las Mulas
Mansilla de las Mulas - León
León - Villadangos del Páramo
Villadangos del Páramo - Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias
Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias - Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km)
Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km) - Foncebadón
Foncebadón - Molinaseca
Molinaseca - Cacabelos
Cacabelos - La Portela de Valcarce
La Portela de Valcarce - O Cebreiro
O Cebreiro - Triacastela
Triacastela - Sivil
Sivil - Sarria
Sarria - Portomarín
Portomarín - Os Valos
Os Valos - Melide
Melide - Pereiriña
Pereiriña - San Paio
San Paio - Santiago de Compostela

That’s plenty of time for a relaxed, flexible Camino.

A few things to bear in mind:

Setting out in September and taking 40+ days will put you into cooler, wetter weather and the closure of some accomodation - although after 18 months of disrupted business, who knows what will close when?

You will be fitter and more capable of a days walk by the time you pass half-way.

There are countless potential stops on the CF. Don’t be rigid in your plans. Take it as it comes -planning, perhaps a couple of days ahead.

Horizontal distance isn’t everything. The two big lumps to get over are just after Foncebadon and over O’Cebrerio. Allow for the ascent in your plans. (Although by that stage you’ll by skipping along like a teenager).

Good plan to start in Pamplona. The first two days technically cross the Pyrenees, but if you didn’t know that you would never guess. You’re not missing much apart from an overnight which divides opinion.
 
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I often got ahead of the calendar I’d sent to friends and family before I left. I considered it part of the fun when I’d email everyone with the subject line:” but wait, what, I thought she was in el acebo,” and then begin with “ok, everyone pull out their pencil for some changes” 🙂 one of my friends began looking up and sharing things about the Camino with the others, and I believe a few side bets were made on where I’d turn up the next time I found WiFi. And if you get ahead you may find a town in which you’d like to spend an extra day
That's good to know and thankyou. Very reassuring. I have lots of opinions from my family /friends at the moment ... im sure they will also be making bets I will be home in a week
That’s plenty of time for a relaxed, flexible Camino.

A few things to bear in mind:

Setting out in September and taking 40+ days will put you into cooler, wetter weather and the closure of some accomodation - although after 18 months of disrupted business, who knows what will close when?

You will be fitter and more capable of a days walk by the time you pass half-way.

There are countless potential stops on the CF. Don’t be rigid in your plans. Take it as it comes -planning, perhaps a couple of days ahead.

Horizontal distance isn’t everything. The two big lumps to get over are just after Foncebadon and over O’Cebrerio. Allow for the ascent in your plans. (Although by that stage you’ll by skipping along like a teenager).

Good plan to start in Pamplona. The first two days technically cross the Pyrenees, but if you didn’t know that you would never guess. You’re not missing much apart from an overnight which divides opinion.
Great thanks for the feedback and reassurance. I cant wait to be skipping like a teenager 🏃‍♀️ I will research Foncebadon and OCebrerio thanks for the tip!
 

trecile

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Ok brilliant thankyou. I really chose the towns based on kilometres so I really appreciate the feedback. I will definitely see how I feel and change based on that.
That's what I thought, based on the fact that I've walked the Frances several times and the names of some of those towns didn't ring a bell to me 😉
 

Smallest_Sparrow

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That's good to know and thankyou. Very reassuring. I have lots of opinions from my family /friends at the moment ... im sure they will also be making bets I will be home in a week 😂
No, I’m sure they know you will stick it out to the end, but probably worried about you. That’s what families do
 
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This in my opinion is way too much planning. This will restrict any type of deviation, especially if making reservations multiple days ahead. Weather or an injury?

Just go, enjoy the walk, companionship and at most plan one day at a time.

Another perspective! Planning is great!! Because IMO you have a better handle on options. Winging it on the other hand, as a first timer is not something I would do. But it all depends on your tolerance for uncertainty in getting lodgings…especially during Covid 19. Plan well, but as many have suggested, leave yourself some flexibility so you can go with the flow when you need to.
 

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A few comments to add:
You could plan out the first few days, and then take it one or two days at a time after that.
You will get fitter as you go, so 20 kms on week 3 will be easier than week 1. (Also because of the terrain)

Also just lookings at kms between towns doesnt give you the terrain which can make a big difference.
EG : Foncebadón - Molinaseca is a steep rocky day of picking your way down a mountain side versus
Viana - Logroño, which is a nice easy stroll down into Logrono, or between towns on the Meseta which are flat and easy walking.

As you walk you will meet and chat with people and learn more about what is ahead, and probably plan more that way. Some places are just nicer to stop at than others - for facilities, view, and accomodation. I see you dont have Astorga on your list - one of my favorite towns. And Cirueña is a weird little ghost town - (with great bathroom facilities inside the golf club foyer and a lot of For Sale signs). Your guidebook will also help with your planning.

One thing about booking ahead - always check the vicinity of the accommodation to the Camino. You don't want to have to walk extra kms off and back on the trail.
 
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And Cirueña is a weird little ghost town
That was what I was going to comment on
I have trouble remembering the name of this town because I constantly think of Chernobyl. There are something like 100 large apartment/condominium buildings in town built when things were looking good but then abandoned in a crash (2008?). I found it very spooky in 2015.

I think the albergue is just beyond the built up area in the old town though.
 

Smallest_Sparrow

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That was what I was going to comment on
I have trouble remembering the name of this town because I constantly think of Chernobyl. There are something like 100 large apartment/condominium buildings in town built when things were looking good but then abandoned in a crash (2008?). I found it very spooky in 2015.

I think the albergue is just beyond the built up area in the old town though.
Talk like that just makes me want to see it…
 
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Another perspective! Planning is great!! Because IMO you have a better handle on options. Winging it on the other hand, as a first timer is not something I would do. But it all depends on your tolerance for uncertainty in getting lodgings…especially during Covid 19. Plan well, but as many have suggested, leave yourself some flexibility so you can go with the flow when you need to.
My response here would be, why are you walking the Camino? We, normally, spend our days all planned out from the time we are to get up until we go to sleep. One of the really great benefits of a Camino, imo, is we get to leave the routine of our daily lives and explore life without distractions and routines. We are able to get up each morning and just enjoy whatever we encounter or just spend some time in our own heads without distractions.

The Camino, imo, is a gift. Just go and maybe even be uncomfortable for awhile as you enjoy an unplanned life for a short time.
 

jpflavin1

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That was what I was going to comment on
I have trouble remembering the name of this town because I constantly think of Chernobyl. There are something like 100 large apartment/condominium buildings in town built when things were looking good but then abandoned in a crash (2008?). I found it very spooky in 2015.

I think the albergue is just beyond the built up area in the old town though.
And a golf course
 

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A golf course with a club house. Half the people well dressed and fresh smelling. The other half steaming quietly near the radiators. The staff were very welcoming and the food hot and tasty.

We've got the whole of the CF to go at and were reminiscing about a golf club in an abandoned town!

Happy days
 
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A few comments to add:
You could plan out the first few days, and then take it one or two days at a time after that.
You will get fitter as you go, so 20 kms on week 3 will be easier than week 1. (Also because of the terrain)

Also just lookings at kms between towns doesnt give you the terrain which can make a big difference.
EG : Foncebadón - Molinaseca is a steep rocky day of picking your way down a mountain side versus
Viana - Logroño, which is a nice easy stroll down into Logrono, or between towns on the Meseta which are flat and easy walking.

As you walk you will meet and chat with people and learn more about what is ahead, and probably plan more that way. Some places are just nicer to stop at than others - for facilities, view, and accomodation. I see you dont have Astorga on your list - one of my favorite towns. And Cirueña is a weird little ghost town - (with great bathroom facilities inside the golf club foyer and a lot of For Sale signs). Your guidebook will also help with your planning.

One thing about booking ahead - always check the vicinity of the accommodation to the Camino. You don't want to have to walk extra kms off and back on the trail.
Great thank you for all of those tips! I will go back and look at those towns. I think i will be avoiding Ciruena!! :)
 
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A golf course with a club house. Half the people well dressed and fresh smelling. The other half steaming quietly near the radiators. The staff were very welcoming and the food hot and tasty.

We've got the whole of the CF to go at and were reminiscing about a golf club in an abandoned town!

Happy days
I think im going to have to visit now actually!!!!... take pics of the weird town and the golf club :)
 
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My response here would be, why are you walking the Camino? We, normally, spend our days all planned out from the time we are to get up until we go to sleep. One of the really great benefits of a Camino, imo, is we get to leave the routine of our daily lives and explore life without distractions and routines. We are able to get up each morning and just enjoy whatever we encounter or just spend some time in our own heads without distractions.

The Camino, imo, is a gift. Just go and maybe even be uncomfortable for awhile as you enjoy an unplanned life for a short time.
Yes I'm walking it to be free... of all responsibilities, worries, day to day tasks, chores and problems! :) So im definitely not going to overcomplicate things. Thankyou
 

henrythedog

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A golf course with a club house. Half the people well dressed and fresh smelling. The other half steaming quietly near the radiators. The staff were very welcoming and the food hot and tasty.

We've got the whole of the CF to go at and were reminiscing about a golf club in an abandoned town!

Happy days
The club house is more pilgrim-friendly (or more desperate!) than it once was.

if I remember correctly there’s also a local bar shortly after that, look to your left when you take a right turn by a more major road.
 
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I echo what a few have mentioned about being flexible. No harm in planning at all, but it's also good to hold it lightly.

A few random thoughts:
The alternate way between Leon and Astorga is lovely, the highway not so much. I would be thinking Leon-Vilar de Mazarife-Vilares de Orbigo-Astorga-Rabinal-Acebo etc...

Amen to what people have said about Samos.

After Sarria, it pays to stay between popular stage-ending towns. So you can avoid Sarria and stay in Barbadelo, or stay in Leboreiro instead of Melide. You'll be spared the crowds.

I think i will be avoiding Ciruena!!
It's not that bad, really. I stayed there after taking a fall, and to avoid hypothermia on a wet and frigid late winter/early spring day. The welcome was warm and the hospitality had heart.

One option you might consider if you have the time is to walk the detour to Yuso/Suso. There is lodging at the Hosteria San Millan, at Yuso. NOT cheap. In fact, definiely a splurge. But 2 Irish pilgrims I met were very glad they did this detour and stayed there (it's in Brierley, I think). The best part is that they saw Cirueña without going through the golf course.
 

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I stayed once at Ciruena and liked it. The albergue was comfortable, and I slept in a real bed, not a bunk bed! I think that a lot depends on your pace and your planning. If you arrive there at the end of the day and there is an available bed, you might consider taking it.
 
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A few random thoughts:
The alternate way between Leon and Astorga is lovely, the highway not so much. I would be thinking Leon-Vilar de Mazarife-Vilares de Orbigo-Astorga-Rabinal-Acebo etc...
@Sarah1111, just to avoid confusion, @VNwalking is saying that from La Virgen del Camino you should walk the way to Villar de Mazarife, not the way to Villadangos del Paramo (and I agree).

I'm saying it this way because different guides might have different opinions as to which is the main way and which the alternative. Brierley's guide used to have Mararife on the alternate route but now I think his guide has Villadangos on the alternate route.
 

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I did not examine your planned daily distances, but it might be wise for any first-timer to walk short distances (not more than 20 kilometres?) on the first three to five days to help avoid annoying and possibly catastrophic start-of-pilgrimage injuries, and so that you can build up your fitness and become familiar with the daily routine. Later on you will know when it is safe to plan for longer distances, bearing in mind the vertical climbs in some areas as others have stated.

Your first day, from Pamplona, goes over a high ridge with windmills on it. I found the climb manageable but the descent on the other side was quite difficult and dangerous - the slope was covered with round bowling-ball-sized boulders that jostled around with every step. Use great care there. Taking a good walking stick with you from Pamplona (you won't find any loose sticks on the trail) can help you maintain your balance as you navigate the bowling ball sea.
 

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Your first day, from Pamplona, goes over a high ridge with windmills on it. I found the climb manageable but the descent on the other side was quite difficult and dangerous - the slope was covered with round bowling-ball-sized boulders that jostled around with every step. Use great care there.
Oh, I remember that descent well. On my first Camino in 2000, a perverted flasher emerged from the bushes, and I found myself trying to run down the hill. The tops of my toes were in bad shape after that, and my feet were still hurting long after the mental damage of seeing him had faded. It sounds like the trail is still as rocky, but the flashers have probably moved on to other spots with fewer crowds of pilgrims.
 
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I echo what a few have mentioned about being flexible. No harm in planning at all, but it's also good to hold it lightly.

A few random thoughts:
The alternate way between Leon and Astorga is lovely, the highway not so much. I would be thinking Leon-Vilar de Mazarife-Vilares de Orbigo-Astorga-Rabinal-Acebo etc...

Amen to what people have said about Samos.

After Sarria, it pays to stay between popular stage-ending towns. So you can avoid Sarria and stay in Barbadelo, or stay in Leboreiro instead of Melide. You'll be spared the crowds.


It's not that bad, really. I stayed there after taking a fall, and to avoid hypothermia on a wet and frigid late winter/early spring day. The welcome was warm and the hospitality had heart.

One option you might consider if you have the time is to walk the detour to Yuso/Suso. There is lodging at the Hosteria San Millan, at Yuso. NOT cheap. In fact, definiely a splurge. But 2 Irish pilgrims I met were very glad they did this detour and stayed there (it's in Brierley, I think). The best part is that they saw Cirueña without going through the golf course.
Ok great. I will take this all on board thankyou!
 
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@Sarah1111, just to avoid confusion, @VNwalking is saying that from La Virgen del Camino you should walk the way to Villar de Mazarife, not the way to Villadangos del Paramo (and I agree).

I'm saying it this way because different guides might have different opinions as to which is the main way and which the alternative. Brierley's guide used to have Mararife on the alternate route but now I think his guide has Villadangos on the alternate route.
Great thankyou for clarifying!
 

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Obvious first timer. Within the first kilometer your whole schedule will change. It's good you made a schedule because I'm sure there are some stops that are there for good reason. Flexibility is the beauty of the Camino. Being a first timer is the best.
 
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I did not examine your planned daily distances, but it might be wise for any first-timer to walk short distances (not more than 20 kilometres?) on the first three to five days to help avoid annoying and possibly catastrophic start-of-pilgrimage injuries, and so that you can build up your fitness and become familiar with the daily routine. Later on you will know when it is safe to plan for longer distances, bearing in mind the vertical climbs in some areas as others have stated.

Your first day, from Pamplona, goes over a high ridge with windmills on it. I found the climb manageable but the descent on the other side was quite difficult and dangerous - the slope was covered with round bowling-ball-sized boulders that jostled around with every step. Use great care there. Taking a good walking stick with you from Pamplona (you won't find any loose sticks on the trail) can help you maintain your balance as you navigate the bowling ball sea.
And here's me thinking Pamplona was an easy spot to ease myself in :) Thanks for the warning I will be mentally prepared at least....
 
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Oh, I remember that descent well. On my first Camino in 2000, a perverted flasher emerged from the bushes, and I found myself trying to run down the hill. The tops of my toes were in bad shape after that, and my feet were still hurting long after the mental damage of seeing him had faded. It sounds like the trail is still as rocky, but the flashers have probably moved on to other spots with fewer crowds of pilgrims.
Lets hope so!!!!!
 
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Great and I'm open to that. I'm really excited now
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If you are planning to spend your first night after Pamplona at Zarequegui you will go over the Alto de Perdon, the hill with a steep and rocky downhill, the next morning. I did so on my first camino and found the stones rolling under my feet a bit daunting. There is a road to the top from the far side and it is possible to walk safely downhill following the road. You might even see a truck selling snacks and drinks parked at the top. Do what feels safe to you.
 

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The rustic donativo albergue at the old Convent of San Antón has very few beds, it might be better to continue on 3km more to Castrojeriz where you will have more options of accomadation, sites of interest, bars/cafeterías - definitely worth spending at least an hour in La Casa de Silencio on the main street through the town (blink and you'll miss it!)
Also, Frómista would give you more options of albergues and sites of interest than Población de los Campos.
The climb to O Cebereiro might be worth stopping at La Faba, then next day breakfast at O Cebreiro before continuing on to Tricastela. Alterantively, you could stop earlier at Fonfría which has a well equiped albergue and the evening group meal in the nearby traditional roundhouse is quite an experience.
Samos might be a better option after Triacastela; the other route, via San Xil, is shorter but has more incline involved (+ 220m) and of lesser historic interest.
 
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The donativo rustic albergue at San Antón has very few beds, it might be better to continue on a couple of km more to Castrojeriz where you will have much more options - definitely worth spending at least an hour in La Casa de Silencio on the main street through the town (blink and you'll miss it!)
Also, Frómista would give you more options of albergues and sites of interest than Población de los Campos.
The climb to O Cebereiro might be worth stopping at La Faba, then next day breakfast at O Cebereiro before continuing on to Tricastela. Alterantively, you could stop earlier at Fonfría which has a well equiped albergue and the evening group meal in the nearby traditional roundhouse is quite an experience.
Samos might be a better option after Triacastela, the othet route is shorter but has more incline involved.
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It would be a real shame to miss Albergue San Anton, which is one of the most traditional and extraordinary albergues on the Frances. It is built on the site and in the ruins of an ancient pilgrim hospital. I have stayed there and can testify that there is a spacious bunk room, and everything else that I needed, but very simple, framed by the walls of the ruins of an ancient church. If you are willing to try a cold shower, a hot meal eaten by candle light, a wonderful welcome by the hospitaleros, you can spend a night in one of my favourite albergues on the camino. I would suggest that you walk in and look around, then make up your own mind. You can always walk on, if that is what you choose to do.
 
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donativo rustic albergue at San Antón has very few beds, it might be better to continue on a couple of km more to Castrojeriz where you will have much more options
Strongly disagree, with all due respect, @MarkyD.
I stayed there in 2019, in June, when the camino was awash in pilgrims, and there were only four of us. It was one of the most memorable nights of all my caminos. There is so much caritas there. And unforgettable, sleeping in tbe ruins.

It is extremely comfortable, but there is no wifi. Which selects for a certain kind of pilgrrim and against another kind. ;)

@Sarah1111, your plan of San Anton followed by San Nicolas puts you in two really special albergues on two successive nights. It's a brilliant plan. I did that, and do not regret the short days.

One thing to bear in mind is that both are in the midle of nowhere, setvicewise. So have a good lunch in Hontanas, and the next day once you get to the albergue, you can leave your pack and go to the cafe in Itero about 2km away. Or carry lunch. Both places offer a communal meal in the evening.
 

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Also, Frómista would give you more options of albergues and sites of interest than Población de los Campos.
I can tell you it is definitely worthwhile to go to Población del Campo to stay at Albergue la Finca. The most comfortable albergue I've stayed in on any Camino. In 2019 I did a 38 km day in order to stay there a second time.
Each bunk is like a tiny room, and the upper bunks are accessed via mini staircases.
There is an excellent restaurant there which serves a pilgrim dinner.
Also the 10€ price includes use of the washing machine!

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Hello Sarah (from Tyrone woman)
Lucky you, to be doing your 1st Camino when young(er) and to have all the joy ahead of you.

I did my first Camino from Pamplona some years ago, to celebrate being 70. I started on 9th September.

I judged in advance that I would aim for approx 20km/day from the start and I am not a superwoman. My reason was that I hoped to meet up with some other pilgrims for sharing chats, tribulations, joys, food and more. I thought 20km/day would be possible - not flying along with speedy people, just steadily. It proved to be an average speed for a lot of people and I kept meeting with many familiar faces day after day.

That year I didn't book ahead, not even 1st night in Pamplona but I would nowadays book 2 or 3 nights in advance especially in Cavid times. There is much to be said for sharing in albergues, but some of these cannot be booked.
At first I was afraid to even stop for coffee in case I couldn't get going again, but I gradually came round to the idea of a 2nd breakfast. I avoided blisters by using Flexitol heel balm and wearing very thin liner socks under Lidl's walking socks. Your feet are your friends.
If you reach Santiago earlier than you expect you can walk to Finisterre and write your name on the beach, with the date. I took bus and I highly recommend the extra journey.
I cancelled my last Camino, due to start on 3rd March 2020, on 28th Feb 2020 and am still dreaming of doing another.

Buen Camino

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You have been given some excellent suggestions. One thing I might add: you may want to walk to Ages, a few kilometers past San Juan de Ortega. It's a lovely village with good accommodations. And that much closer to Burgos the next day.

There is not much going on at San Juan de Ortega. I stayed there on my first camino and it was basically a large room filled with bunk beds in a very old building. It was cold though it was not a cold night. Not much choice with food either. I think there's another small albergue there now, but not sure how many beds.

I planned to walk to Ages on my second camino and I'm glad I did. Though there's a long uphill walk to SJdO, the short walk on to Ages is quite pleasant.

You've done some great planning -- may it all come together, the planned and the unplanned.
Buen Camino!
 
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Hey Sarah, I like your plan. 😊 One advice I would give you; through the same plan out of the window and replace it with trust, community and living your gift everyday you walk from place to place. I haven’t met a single soul on my walks, that ever stuck to their initial plan, instead of that, they find themselves in what we call the present moment. So, if you are open on letting go your initial plan you might just meet one miracle after the other, perhaps seeing the Camino magic unfold right in front of you.

Perhaps I gonna see ya on the way in September. Buen Camino.

love from Berlin.
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The club house is more pilgrim-friendly (or more desperate!) than it once was.

if I remember correctly there’s also a local bar shortly after that, look to your left when you take a right turn by a more major road.
I decided not to stop at the golf club as "they now allow Pilgrims"! If you walk up to the roundabout which isn't much further and turn left the "Bar Jacobeo" is about 200 yards up the road - from memory, there was a sign indicating the bar. It was good with tables and chairs outside which was needed as despite the extensive bar area was full of locals (a good sign) although I don't know where they came from!

My only other thought, but you know your fitness to undertake the walk, is in the early days are you underestimating how far you can walk in a day. 10k/6 miles will leave you with lots of time during the day even if you start late and finish early although clearly there are bars/cafes to break up the day and chat with fellow pilgrims.
 
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I can tell you it is definitely worthwhile to go to Población del Campo to stay at Albergue la Finca. The most comfortable albergue I've stayed in on any Camino. In 2019 I did a 38 km day in order to stay there a second time.
Each bunk is like a tiny room, and the upper bunks are accessed via mini staircases.
There is an excellent restaurant there which serves a pilgrim dinner.
Also the 10€ price includes use of the washing machine!

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I didnt stay there, but at an equally lovely place in Población del Campo - and in the afternoon, the village was full of sheep. I really enjoyed it there.
 

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Agree. I had a nice time wandering around Ages taking pictures.

And about the walk into Burgos. It's horrid walking through the industrial section. There is an alternative.

And in Ages, an old man had a museum of beautifully carved miniatures that he proudly showed us -quite memorable. (As was the glass shower door that fell off its hinges and smacked me in the head - giving me a huge egg - makes for good stories though). The municipal in Ages is good.
 

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If you are planning to spend your first night after Pamplona at Zarequegui you will go over the Alto de Perdon, the hill with a steep and rocky downhill, the next morning. I did so on my first camino and found the stones rolling under my feet a bit daunting. There is a road to the top from the far side and it is possible to walk safely downhill following the road. You might even see a truck selling snacks and drinks parked at the top. Do what feels safe to you.
Wait, what?😮 I saw neither road nor snack truck.
To take a line from the movie The Way: “that’s ridiculous man…”

having seen neither (probably too early for the truck and I’m always oblivious to the nearby safer alternatives), I highly recommend hiking poles which I took and didn’t think I’d need (again praising @Tia Valeria for convincing me)
 
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Some follow-up on San Juan de Ortega: when you pass there, whether you stay or not, be sure to visit the church. It was being repaired the first time that I went through, but I was able to visit on a later pilgrimage and found it a beautiful and peaceful place of worship.
 

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Include a night in Samos if you can. The extra few kms to stay there and visit the monastery is worth it. September can be hot and dry.
 
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Just answering the question asked.... my 2 cents after 4 times.
Pamplona - Zariquiegui. Yes like this... get to Alto Perdon for sunrise before the crowds
Zariquiegui - Obanos check to see what’s open, last I heard Albergue’s weren’t open
Obanos - Cirauqui Lovely Albergue here with restaurant in Bodega. Albergue Maralotx
Cirauqui - Villatuerta I don’t believe Casa Magica is open, check on this. You may need to go to Estella
Villatuerta - Villamayor de Monjardín
Villamayor de Monjardín - Los Arcos
Los Arcos - Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km) Have always gone on to Viana no comment
Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km) - Viana love this town, be sure to not just stop at the first Albergue on the edge of town, only to see that you missed the historical town the next morning.
Viana - Logroño. Yes
Logroño - Navarrete yes
Navarrete - Nájera yes
Nájera - Cirueña no go on to Santo Domingo a nice town, go to the Cathedral and learn the story of the chicken
Cirueña - Redecilla del Camino
Redecilla del Camino - Tosantos
Tosantos - San Juan de Ortega
San Juan de Ortega - Cardeñuela-Ríopico
Cardeñuela-Ríopico - Burgos
Burgos - Hornillos del Camino
Hornillos del Camino - Convento de San Antón not sure if they are open, you could go on to Castrojeriz and prepare for the morning climb
Convento de San Antón - Itero de la Vega not my favorite stop, you could go Boadilla del Camino to En El Camino and stay with Eduardo. Get the cake
Itero de la Vega - Población de Campos La Fina nice Albergue here with curtained beds.
Población de Campos - Carrión de los Condes
Carrión de los Condes - Calzadilla de la Cueza...go on to Ledigos and stay at La Morena....one of my favs
Calzadilla de la Cueza - Sahagún
Sahagún - El Burgo Ranero
El Burgo Ranero - Mansilla de las Mulas
Mansilla de las Mulas - León
León - Villadangos del Páramo take the bus past the industrial section to La Virgin and walk the green route, walking to Hospital de Orbigo
Villadangos del Páramo - Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias....Astoria if stay in Hospital. Astoria is lovely town with Gaudi museum
Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias - Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km) Santa Catalina has some good places
Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km) - Foncebadón YES....for me this is a must. When I stay in Rabanal I get to Cruz de Fero with lots of people and the tour buses. From Foncebadon it is a short walk so not many people are there yet and you legs a fresh for the tough descent. I do see that many Albergue’s were closed, definitely check to see what is open.
Foncebadón - Molinaseca
Molinaseca - Cacabelos
Cacabelos - La Portela de Valcarce
La Portela de Valcarce - O Cebreiro I like staying here, but accommodations are often hard to find. If you want reservations you will need to make them week ahead. There is a municipal Albergue too.
O Cebreiro - Triacastela
Triacastela - Sivil.....go to Samos
Sivil - Sarria. Stop for lunch in Sarria and go on to Barbedelo. The Albergue is nice and you will be ahead of the crowds in the morning.
Sarria - Portomarín
Portomarín - Os Valos. Never heard of
Os Valos - Melide
Melide - Pereiriña. Never heard of
Pereiriña - San Paio.
San Paio - Santiago de Compostela
 
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Pamplona - Zariquiegui
Zariquiegui - Obanos
Obanos - Cirauqui
Cirauqui - Villatuerta
Villatuerta - Villamayor de Monjardín
Villamayor de Monjardín - Los Arcos
Los Arcos - Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km)
Torres del Río / Armañanzas (FR 1,5 km) - Viana
Viana - Logroño
Logroño - Navarrete
Navarrete - Nájera
Nájera - Cirueña
Cirueña - Redecilla del Camino
Redecilla del Camino - Tosantos
Tosantos - San Juan de Ortega
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Burgos - Hornillos del Camino
Hornillos del Camino - Convento de San Antón
Convento de San Antón - Itero de la Vega
Itero de la Vega - Población de Campos
Población de Campos - Carrión de los Condes
Carrión de los Condes - Calzadilla de la Cueza
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León - Villadangos del Páramo
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Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias - Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km)
Castrillo de los Polvazares (FR 1,1 km) - Foncebadón
Foncebadón - Molinaseca
Molinaseca - Cacabelos
Cacabelos - La Portela de Valcarce
La Portela de Valcarce - O Cebreiro
O Cebreiro - Triacastela
Triacastela - Sivil
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Sarria - Portomarín
Portomarín - Os Valos
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Melide - Pereiriña
Pereiriña - San Paio
San Paio - Santiago de Compostela

You may get a little bored because your legs are rather short which means a lot of sitting around unless you love exploring the towns and close vicinity of where you decide to sleep the night.
 
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Various routes...
You may get a little bored because your legs are rather short which means a lot of sitting around unless you love exploring the towns and close vicinity of where you decide to sleep the night.
Not everyone can walk fast.
What @Sarah1111 has planned is probably just right for her.
 

Mark Barnes

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Frances - September - November (2017)
We are in a different world from when I walked in 2017. I started in Pamplona on September 22, 2017 and Santiago de Compostela November 03, 2017. I think that is @43 days. I had no issues getting a room each day, but since I use a CPAP and needed electricity and lower bunk I would book ahead most nights on booking.com.
it most likely is a different situation now, many others in this forum will know better than I.
The weather is different each year I am sure but in 2017 it was a great time to walk.
 
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Lucky you! 😄
You probably also missed the rubbish tip caused by the huge overflowing bin just down from the top, beside the bench (packaging etc from the van vendor’s sales, welcome though he may have been 😉).
yep. just me, all the way up, all the time there, and all the way down. the advantage of walking when the weather had been snow, rain, and sleet. My blog entry wondered if the mud from there could be used as an industrial lubricant.

camino 568.JPG actually, i saw some snails on the way up that I moved off the road. otherwise alone. I started to put two small stuffed animals i carried with in the pictures shortly after this one because all my plazas, statues, etc had no people around. My therapist wondered if I was just posting from some beach resort with stock photos :)


on another thread we talked about this sculpture by Galbette. from left to right it shows pilgrims through the centuries, starting with the first solo pilgrim, then more and more, then tapering off, then modern pilgrims once again growing in numbers. I also like how the poles they hold connect them all (after the first intrepid pilgrim...
 
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Smallest_Sparrow

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NA-1110 and NA-6016

Alto del Perdón
oh I totally believe there's a road, I just didn't realize it was there--but thanks so much, I will try to remember. (I think i was too early or the weather too bad for the truck).
for instance, I didn't see the road near this and slowly moved across stones with snow and ice, but in my defense, it was snowing so I had limited vis and the foot prints in the snow and slush led this way. my email home was WTF were they thinking?

camino 309.JPG no one should ever follow me on the camino. war maybe, but not the camino
 

Smallest_Sparrow

Life is rarely what you expect or believe it to be
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@Smallest_Sparrow

I hope those snails weren’t trying to get to the other side 😉

I think there have been a number of threads on this sculpture in the past. I remember really examining the figures once.
(from another devotee of poles … not sure I’d make it otherwise 😉)
tried to judge their direction and apologized just in case
 

Anamiri

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2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
You may get a little bored because your legs are rather short which means a lot of sitting around unless you love exploring the towns and close vicinity of where you decide to sleep the night.
I would suggest that as you get fitter and probably want longer days, you can build in rest days. Or finish the Frances and walk to Finisterre or Muxia (or both)
 

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You may get a little bored because your legs are rather short which means a lot of sitting around
Seriously, I read this sentence 3 times, wondering how short the OP was, and why people with short legs would be sitting around more than those with long legs! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.

Finally, I figured it out!💡
 
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GettingThere

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Roncesvalles-Sarria Sep-Oct 2017
C. Frances sections Apr-Jun 2019
Seriously, I read this sentence 3 times, wondering how short the OP was, and why people with short legs would be sitting around more than those with long legs! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.

Finally, I figured it out!💡
@C clearly thank you! I had exactly the same reaction, wondering "but how does he know she is short??" Just about falling off my chair laughing now!!
 
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Richard Smith

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We left Pamplona on 13 Sept after a rest day there and here is our progress afterwards. (61 year old first timers carrying too heavy packs, we walked slow).
We took rest days or short days every week or so.
I used Brierley but it is sometimes good to avoid his stage stops.

Dowalk daytime (hrs)kms
Walk Pamplona to Uterga
6​
7​
17.5​
walk to Maneru
7​
5.5​
11.5​
walk to Estella
8​
6.25​
17​
walk to Los Arcos
9​
6.75​
21​
walk to Logronno
10​
9.25​
29​
Rest day, explore Logronno
11​
walk to Ventosa
12​
5.5​
20​
walk to Ciruena
13​
8.25​
25​
walk to Viloria del Rioja
14​
7.25​
21​
walk to Villafranca
15​
6​
18​
walk to Ages
16​
5.25​
16​
walk to Burgos
17​
6.25​
23​
short walk to Tarjados
18​
3.5​
11​
walk to Hontanas
19​
5.75​
21​
walk to Itero de la Vega
20​
6​
20​
walk to Villalcazar de Sirga
21​
8​
28​
walk to Caldadilla de le Cueza
22​
6.75​
23​
walk to Sahagun
23​
6.25​
23​
short walk to El Burgo Ranero
24​
5.25​
18​
walk to Mansillo de las Milas
25​
6.25​
19​
walk to Leon
26​
6.5​
19.5​
rest day Leon
27​
walk to Villar de Mazarife
28​
5.5​
22​
walk to Hospital de Orbigo
29​
4​
16​
walk to Astorga
30​
5​
16​
walk to Rabanal del Camino
31​
6​
22​
walk to Acebo
32​
5.5​
17​
walk to Ponferrado
33​
walk to Villafranca de Bierzo
34​
rest day, short walk scout ahead, Spanish Public Holiday
35​
walk to Vega de Valcarce
36​
20​
walk to O'Cebreiro
37​
5​
10​
walk to Triacastela
38​
6​
21.3​
walk to Sarria
39​
18.5​
walk to Ferrerios
40​
5​
13.5​
walk to Hospital
41​
7​
20.5​
walk to O Cota
42​
walk to Azura
43​
walk o O Pedrouzo
44​
walk to Santiago
45​
 

JabbaPapa

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Definitely be flexible, which BTW should include 5 to 7 extra days beyond the 44 that you think you need for just the hiking. But also because you will come across Albergues that are closed or full, so that it's better to avoid over-planning, especially in this covid year.

If you need to fly back home, an open or changeable return date is advisable.
 
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Camino Francés 31/08/2018 - 20/10/2018
I can tell you it is definitely worthwhile to go to Población del Campo to stay at Albergue la Finca. The most comfortable albergue I've stayed in on any Camino. In 2019 I did a 38 km day in order to stay there a second time.
Each bunk is like a tiny room, and the upper bunks are accessed via mini staircases.
There is an excellent restaurant there which serves a pilgrim dinner.
Also the 10€ price includes use of the washing machine!

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I agree, La Finca was one of the most comfortable albergues I have stayed in.
 

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