A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

Advertisement

Am I nuts?

2020 Camino Guides

Trishb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada to Santiago
I am considering walking for just one week the VDP starting on Feb 11th ( seduced by the cheap Easyjet fare from London to Seville). Will I meet anyone? I hope to complete at a later date. Thanks Trish
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Nuts for taking the opportunity to go on camino? Surely not!

But what do you want to do? VdlP is quiet, in winter even quieter. if you want to meet people, maybe not the best option. But really, it all depends on your expectations.
Can't be bad to be in Sevilla though.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Anytime. And cute doggo! :D
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Hopefully Via de Bayona/Burgos to Ponferrada/Camino de Invierno

Trishb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada to Santiago
Be careful what you wish for! I wrote a blog trishboyington.com for my first Camino Ponferrada to SDC. Maybe read the last page to get the idea of my sense of humour. 2020 I have planned ( after the encouragement) The first stage of the VDLP in February, Porto to SDC in July and Leon to Ponferrada in September
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
The VDLP is a lonely walk but beautiful in its own right. I walked from Seville to Salamanca and am going to do the rest next year. I would warn you that the first part of the Seville to one week in is not the greatest. It certainly doesn't have some of the historical or religious points of interest (other than Seville), if that's what you are looking for. That said, it is still a good walk. Just set your expectations at the lower end of the scale. The VDLP, in my view, gets better after Merida but that's just my opinion. If you want to see what your going to walk through take a look at the first few stages of the trail on some GoPro footage that I took of the VDLP. It shows the entire stage walked (not entertaining by intent more to be informative of what you'll see). Enjoy the walk.

 

Trishb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada to Santiago
Thank you so much for your encouragement and for your knowledge. Like so many before me I have been drawn to the various Caminos in a way hard to explain. I know it will give more than I could ask for and leave me wanting more
 

lovingkindness

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
.
Yes, you're nuts @Trishb, we all are. Merry Christmas!

Walking the Via de la Plata in winter has its challenges. Weather conditions can be rather fierce. After arriving in SdC Dec, 2009 I wintered over in a small pueblo near Salamanca. I wrote about it here:

https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/walking-in-winter.7253/ (scroll down a little )

7 April, 2010 Three months later...
... I am still sporting peregrina garb as I sleep beneath a stack of blankets, clinging to the comfort of a below-zero duck-down sleeping bag. It is fiercely cold at nights and in the mornings there is frost and sometimes ice, but finally Spring has come and there is a little heat in the afternoon sun.

How the peregrinos have suffered this Winter. From December ´til late March every peregrino seeking shelter arrived exhausted with tales of trecherous conditions: chest-high rivers outside of Seville; coping in freezing fogs with knee-deep snow and ice; incessant rain and relentless mud; the horrors of dead and dying cattle floating in lakes of water.

One peregrina slipped and broke her finger and others, we heard, turned back and flew home. One peregrino set out from Seville only to end Day One with torn ligaments. Rather than give up he purchased a donkey and weeks later hobbled into Fuenterroble where he stayed a while, regaling us with funny stories. He is probably still out there somewhere prodding and shoving his stubborn mule, making only 10 kms per day....


Happy planning, @Trishb. Don't forget your woolies!
-Lovingkindness
 
Last edited:

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
I am considering walking for just one week the VDP starting on Feb 11th ( seduced by the cheap Easyjet fare from London to Seville). Will I meet anyone? I hope to complete at a later date. Thanks Trish
From my own experience walking the VdlP in February/March - not bl...dy likely as one of your royals liked to say ;-) But I loved it! So, go for it and Buen Camino, SY
 

henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
I am considering walking for just one week the VDP starting on Feb 11th ( seduced by the cheap Easyjet fare from London to Seville). Will I meet anyone? I hope to complete at a later date. Thanks Trish

Trish

Based on nothing more than the probability that the weather will be better In Andalucía than London - and that you have the time and funds to go - then you seem to have rather loaded the question in favour of ‘go’. This is, of course the correct answer to any question starting ‘should I’,with the exceptions of incest and morris dancing.

D
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
One week - most likely you will make it from Seville to Zafra (About 150 km). From there you can return to Seville easily with the local bus operator LEDA. So take the opportunity and enjoy.
 

geraldkelly

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, Vía de la Plata / Camino Sanabrés, Camino del Baztán, Camino Aragonés, Chemin du Puy
I walked in February a few years ago. It all depends on the weather what kind of experience you have. If it's sunny and dry it can be like paradise. If it's cold and raining... Well, not so nice.

I would say go for it but have a plan B in case the weather lets you down.

Gerald
 

hel&scott

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 &18 Seville - Finesterre, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
Hi Trish, hope your plans are shaping up well as your depature draws closer. I was reminded of the Vdp today while on my daily walk to check the water levels in our stock troughs. It's the height of summer here at the moment and it hasn't rained for weeks so it's hot and dry and browning off, not as expansive as the Vdp but being out I n the heat of the day brought back memories of this fabulous route. I didn't meet any pilgrams but the local farm dogs joined me on my walk just like the vdp. Your Camino will be different as the weather will be different, but different isn't always bad so strike out and enjoy being on the road again. All the best.
 

Trishb

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ponferrada to Santiago
Hi Trish, hope your plans are shaping up well as your depature draws closer. I was reminded of the Vdp today while on my daily walk to check the water levels in our stock troughs. It's the height of summer here at the moment and it hasn't rained for weeks so it's hot and dry and browning off, not as expansive as the Vdp but being out I n the heat of the day brought back memories of this fabulous route. I didn't meet any pilgrams but the local farm dogs joined me on my walk just like the vdp. Your Camino will be different as the weather will be different, but different isn't always bad so strike out and enjoy being on the road again. All the best.
Thank you so much. I am literally counting the days and can hardly wait to start.
 

ManShootsSnaps

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
VDLP (Spring2020)
The VDLP is a lonely walk but beautiful in its own right. I walked from Seville to Salamanca and am going to do the rest next year. I would warn you that the first part of the Seville to one week in is not the greatest. It certainly doesn't have some of the historical or religious points of interest (other than Seville), if that's what you are looking for. That said, it is still a good walk. Just set your expectations at the lower end of the scale. The VDLP, in my view, gets better after Merida but that's just my opinion. If you want to see what your going to walk through take a look at the first few stages of the trail on some GoPro footage that I took of the VDLP. It shows the entire stage walked (not entertaining by intent more to be informative of what you'll see). Enjoy the walk.

Further filming in May 2020? Im starting in Seville on April 28th ...
 

Get on our Mailing list for new products on the Camino Store and news from the Camino Forum








Advertisement

Booking.com

Most downloaded Resources

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store

Casa Ivar Newsletter






Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.3%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.8%
  • March

    Votes: 54 4.3%
  • April

    Votes: 189 15.2%
  • May

    Votes: 310 24.9%
  • June

    Votes: 89 7.1%
  • July

    Votes: 23 1.8%
  • August

    Votes: 27 2.2%
  • September

    Votes: 355 28.5%
  • October

    Votes: 151 12.1%
  • November

    Votes: 17 1.4%
  • December

    Votes: 6 0.5%
Top
AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock