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Alternate route to Sarria

Crandall

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April (2020)
I will start from SJPP on April 21st. I am not really wanting to stay on the French Way, at least from Sarria to Santiago. I would rather switch to Norte somewhere along The Way. Any suggestions on a good plan to do this?
 
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You can take a train from Sarria to Baamonde and pick up the Norte from there.
 

Anamiri

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Have you considered the Invierno from Ponferada as an option, that's what I'll do next time rather than the Sarria option.
I think that other Caminos join up with the Frances at Melide, so thats a way to avoid crowds if that's why you wanted to switch.
Plenty of info on this forum about the Invierno.
 

Crandall

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April (2020)
Have you considered the Invierno from Ponferada as an option, that's what I'll do next time rather than the Sarria option.
I think that other Caminos join up with the Frances at Melide, so thats a way to avoid crowds if that's why you wanted to switch.
Plenty of info on this forum about the Invierno.
Thanks, I will research that. i am leaning toward switching to the Norte because of it being along the coastline. Love the water and vistas.
 

Anamiri

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Thanks, I will research that. i am leaning toward switching to the Norte because of it being along the coastline. Love the water and vistas.
From the maps I have checked, the Norte turns inland in the area north of Sarria. If you check maps you'll see that all routes start turning to Santiago with the final legs well away from the coast.
You would need to head north and then quite a long way east if you want to get a decent walk along the coastline.
Have you considered walking the Norte instead of a Frances/Norte combo? Or making your way to the Norte much earlier. You could for instance take a bus from Burgos to Bilbao, and continue the Norte from there. Then you get a good walk from SJPDP, explore Burgos, a short bus ride, explore Bilbao and then head off on the other.
I took a side trip to Bilbao (to see the Guggenheim) and back from Burgos on my Camino, the bus station is in the middle of town in Burgos, and easy to get to, and a pleasant trip to Bilbao - I have to confess to snoozing off in the bus.
 
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gerardcarey

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From the maps I have checked, the Norte turns inland in the area north of Sarria. If you check maps you'll see that all routes start turning to Santiago with the final legs well away from the coast.
You would need to head north and then quite a long way east if you want to get a decent walk along the coastline.
Have you considered walking the Norte instead of a Frances/Norte combo? Or making your way to the Norte much earlier. You could for instance take a bus from Burgos to Bilbao, and continue the Norte from there. Then you get a good walk from SJPDP, explore Burgos, a short bus ride, explore Bilbao and then head off on the other.
I took a side trip to Bilbao (to see the Guggenheim) and back from Burgos on my Camino, the bus station is in the middle of town in Burgos, and easy to get to, and a pleasant trip to Bilbao - I have to confess to snoozing off in the bus.
It's also a really cool train ride from Burgos to Bilbao. Up and over the mountains.
Regards
Gerard
 
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Personally, I don't like breaking up a camino by jumping ahead or to anoter route by wheels. I had to do that once because of time constraints, and it really broke the rhythm of the walk. So...you could walk the Norte. You could take the San Salvador from Leon, then walk to the Norte from Oviedo - continuing on the Ruta do Mar/Ingles thus avoiding the Francés freeway completely after Leon. You have options!
 

Crandall

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April (2020)
From the maps I have checked, the Norte turns inland in the area north of Sarria. If you check maps you'll see that all routes start turning to Santiago with the final legs well away from the coast.
You would need to head north and then quite a long way east if you want to get a decent walk along the coastline.
Have you considered walking the Norte instead of a Frances/Norte combo? Or making your way to the Norte much earlier. You could for instance take a bus from Burgos to Bilbao, and continue the Norte from there. Then you get a good walk from SJPDP, explore Burgos, a short bus ride, explore Bilbao and then head off on the other.
I took a side trip to Bilbao (to see the Guggenheim) and back from Burgos on my Camino, the bus station is in the middle of town in Burgos, and easy to get to, and a pleasant trip to Bilbao - I have to confess to snoozing off in the bus.
Sounds great to me! Will research it today. Thanks
 

wayfarer

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2012
I will start from SJPP on April 21st. I am not really wanting to stay on the French Way, at least from Sarria to Santiago. I would rather switch to Norte somewhere along The Way. Any suggestions on a good plan to do this?
If you are walking the CF then you should walk it all including Sarria IMO. It gets bad press from some here as does the Meseta but its all part and parcel of the CF and unless you want to cherrypick the "best" bits then you should do it. I have been on that section twice, the path is beautiful and interesting, a little busier and noisier but that's life.
 
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You could take the San Salvador from Leon, then walk to the Norte from Oviedo - continuing on the Ruta do Mar/Ingles thus avoiding the Francés freeway completely after Leon.
The San Salvador:
The Ruta do Mar:
 

Princessleah

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2019
I will start from SJPP on April 21st. I am not really wanting to stay on the French Way, at least from Sarria to Santiago. I would rather switch to Norte somewhere along The Way. Any suggestions on a good plan to do this?
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You could also take the bus from Sarria and go to Ferrol and walk the Ingles. It's about the same distance to Santiago as Sarria and it's beautiful too.
Leah
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I must have walked a different Camino than most because I actually really enjoyed both the Meseta and the last 100km from Sarria! 😂
Me too.
And there's something special about walking those last 100 km with the same pilgrims that you started with in SJPDP.
 

Freetogo

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2018
If you are walking the CF then you should walk it all including Sarria IMO. It gets bad press from some here as does the Meseta but its all part and parcel of the CF and unless you want to cherrypick the "best" bits then you should do it. I have been on that section twice, the path is beautiful and interesting, a little busier and noisier but that's life.
Another way to stay in " the zone" from Sarria onwards, is to book habitacions a couple of days ahead. By then you will probably be walking with members of your camino family, so a room for two or four should not be too expensive. And I agree with all previous comments - grow where you've been planted! I.e. don't cherry pick your path, you will regret it imo.
 
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Crandall

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April (2020)
Why not just walk the Norte instead of the Francés?

Why not just walk the Norte instead of the Francés?
This will be my first Camino. Part of wanting to do the Camino is meeting other Pilgrims. The Frances will give me a better opportunity to do that. At the same time, don't want the super crowds after Sarria. Guess i want my cake and eat it too!
If you are walking the CF then you should walk it all including Sarria IMO. It gets bad press from some here as does the Meseta but its all part and parcel of the CF and unless you want to cherrypick the "best" bits then you should do it. I have been on that section twice, the path is beautiful and interesting, a little busier and noisier but that's life.
I appreciate your perspective. Right now, my Camino is planning my Camino. I live reading, planning and dreaming about it. I realize that once I am walking and meet my Camino family, things will flow and become exactly what its supposed to be. Its all good!
 

David Tallan

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1989
This will be my first Camino. Part of wanting to do the Camino is meeting other Pilgrims. The Frances will give me a better opportunity to do that. At the same time, don't want the super crowds after Sarria. Guess i want my cake and eat it too!

I appreciate your perspective. Right now, my Camino is planning my Camino. I live reading, planning and dreaming about it. I realize that once I am walking and meet my Camino family, things will flow and become exactly what its supposed to be. Its all good!
On the one hand, the Norte is by no means unpopulated with pilgrims. If you walk the Norte at any time but the depths of winter, I would expect that you would meet other pilgrims (and during the depths of winter you might want to walk the CF after Sarria to have a chance of meeting other pilgrims).

On the other hand, while there are certainly many more pilgrims after Sarria, I wouldn't call it "super crowded", especially if you time it so that you are passing through Sarria mid-week so as to avoid the bubble. Yes there are more pilgrims. There were a lot more pilgrims before Sarria in 2016 than there were on my first Camino in 1989. By 1989 standards, it was "super crowded". But I liked it. The other pilgrims were one of the best parts of the Camino.
 

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