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Yossi Fuchs

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2016
Two years ago I skipped this section due to lack of time. I was told it is the least interesting part of the camino and that's why I chose to skip it. Now I am thinking of walking it in mid-May with my wife.
I would like to read what you people who have walked it think of my idea of walking just this part in order to complete what I did not walk in 2016, and also what you think of doing it in mid-May.
Thanks in advance!
 

Joziane

Lifes` moments, memories & aspirations....
Camino(s) past & future
(2017) Cam.Frances May 17-July2
Personally I did not find anything "least interesting" as one does not know what lays ahead. It may be
around a corner, along a path....what is not for one, is for another...follow your heart...if it calls to be done, then
by all means do it! Who knows where an "aha moment" appears for you either outward or inwards....and may be a life changer....
It was all beautiful...in its own way. It is to each individual to be open for the unveiling.. hope it helps...
 

Dorpie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
I walked this section in Mid May three years ago and despite developing horrific blisters and having my longest walking day on the camino due to there being no room at the inn I loved it. The way the wind blows through the wheat at that time of year along with the big sky is just mesmerising to me.

So while it might be the least interesting part in soem people's eyes it's still interesting, you just maybe need to look a little harder to find the beauty.

Perhaps yuo'd lose a little just doing Burgos to Leon in isolation rather than in the context of a full Camino but I'd still say you can get a lot out of it.
 

Galaxy1

Member
Camino(s) past & future
September to October 2017
I walked that section as part of my 500 mile journey to Santiago in October. It was mentally challenging but I walked and worked through a lot of 'stuff' which proved invaluable to me, and positively resounds with me today. When I walked it, everything had been harvested and the landscape was dusty and blindingly yellow/bright. In May, the fields will be green and interesting. The only words of advice I'd give is: start out early (to avoid the heat of the day) and finish early; wear your shades to stop the glare. I'm glad I did it but a decision only you and your instinct can make. Buen Camino!
 

Stroller

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte (2015), Frances (2016)
I walked it in September and it was wonderful. In May I imagine that there will be grain crops so even more so with the constant changes in colour from the wind blowing through it and the cloud shadows crossing it. Less obviously spectacular than mountains but very subtle. Good for meditation.
 
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Yossi Fuchs

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2016
I walked this section in Mid May three years ago and despite developing horrific blisters and having my longest walking day on the camino due to there being no room at the inn I loved it. The way the wind blows through the wheat at that time of year along with the big sky is just mesmerising to me.

So while it might be the least interesting part in soem people's eyes it's still interesting, you just maybe need to look a little harder to find the beauty.

Perhaps yuo'd lose a little just doing Burgos to Leon in isolation rather than in the context of a full Camino but I'd still say you can get a lot out of it.
Just to set the record straight; in 2016 I walked from Pamplona to Santiago (excluding burgos - leon) and then muxia and fisterra. in 2017 I walked sjpp to Pamplona. so the missing part is burgos - leon...
 

momof34man

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
05/16 Camino Frances, Camino Finesterre, Camino Muxia, 10/18 Cotswolds, 7/2020 - Camino Primitivo
I walked this section mid-May in 2016. It was probably one of my most favorite and memorable sections along the Camino. Not because of the stunning views, but because of the people who became my family during that time. I stayed at the most interesting albergues through that section too. I heard stories that this section was flat and boring. Not true....day #1 out of Burgos there were hills. I met a man named Joseph from Spain that talked to me about the history of the region as we were walking through it. Take some of the "alternate routes" that are in this section and you will find dirt roads, creeks and rivers. (Lots of mud if it rains!)

I hope you get a chance to walk this portion. If you want, I can let you know which albergues that were my most memorable.
 

JohnMcM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Some, and with luck, some more.
Two years ago I skipped this section due to lack of time. I was told it is the least interesting part of the camino and that's why I chose to skip it. Now I am thinking of walking it in mid-May with my wife.
I would like to read what you people who have walked it think of my idea of walking just this part in order to complete what I did not walk in 2016, and also what you think of doing it in mid-May.
Thanks in advance!
Mid-May is great time to walk this beautiful stretch.
Not too hot,
wild flowers painting a landscape straight out of your dreams,
pilgrims at pretty much the mid-point of their adventure who are filled with and sharing the Camino spirit through radiant smiles, deeds and thoughts unspoken,
locals who appreciate what you are doing where you are going where you have come from and why,
the rhythm you have found to your walking,
the peace you have accepted in your own company,
the silence you have found in the noise of your mind,
the acceptance of you as you by others,
the truth you have found in yourself about you.
 
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biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
I walked it last march just for the hell of it. It is the most beautiful part of the CF. Except maybe for crossing the Pyrenees and walking into Galicia which turn out to be only momentary events compared to the days of enjoying the landscape of the Meseta.
 

Phil Smith

Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016)StJ to Viana (2017): Viana to Castrojeriz (2018) Castrojeriz to Leon
(2019) León to Sarria
Walked from Viana last April. Did the Burgos to Castrojeriz section of the meseta and loved it. I'll let you know when I return from our next instalment - Castrojeriz to León - on 14 April how the rest of it goes - though that's probably a little late in the day! Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
I walked it last march just for the hell of it. It is the most beautiful part of the CF.
Couldn't agree more. I always look forward to that part. So much so, that I am now seriously considering doing it this April, instead of the Camino Mozarabe.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
I'll add my vote on the plus side as well. Different from most parts of the Camino. It was hot, somewhat lonely, but very beautiful in it's own way. Glad I walked it and would (and will) do it again.
 

Suzanne H

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Baztan and Frances 2017, Le Puy 2018, Porto 2019
Walked it last September, and would love to see it in the Spring. Can’t recommend it enough. LOVED the Meseta. Buen Camino~!
 

josephmcclain

Active Member
I walked that section as part of my 500 mile journey to Santiago in October. It was mentally challenging but I walked and worked through a lot of 'stuff' which proved invaluable to me, and positively resounds with me today. When I walked it, everything had been harvested and the landscape was dusty and blindingly yellow/bright. In May, the fields will be green and interesting. The only words of advice I'd give is: start out early (to avoid the heat of the day) and finish early; wear your shades to stop the glare. I'm glad I did it but a decision only you and your instinct can make. Buen Camino!
I second your posting. Walked it the same time in 2017! Did I meet you? I wouldn´t miss it. And it was hard in every way, physically, mentally. Yes, start early when you will be freezing (in October at least) and get ready for brutal sun by just after noon. Ah, the meseta!
 

Americanperegrino

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2012
May 2016
I'll be on that exact route/section mid April. When I walked the first time, I believe the Meseta is where I realized why I was actually walking the Camino, as opposed to why I thought I was walking, or at least what I told myself...and others. I began many days before sunrise and walked completely alone following the beam of my headlamp. Yes, even though the Camino is marked by more than 1000 years of feet beating a path, I still got lost in the dark. However, I was there at sunrise to watch a few villages wake. Which, if you have never done so, I highly recommend it. The Meseta can be magical, if you let it.
 

Lua

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2009 CF. 2014 CF. 2015 CF. 2016 SJPDP - Santiago CF. 2018, 27th April, Burgos - Leon. CF. 2019 CF.
The Meseta is beautiful, to some people and not so, to others. Go with what feels right for you. I have walked the Meseta twice while on my way to Santiago and in April 2018, I am just walking the Meseta section, Burgos to Leon. Go for it, I would recommend it.
 

jungleboy

Nick
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
Madrid (April '19)
There are definitely wide-ranging opinions about the Meseta. My own is that the landscape did become monotonous and a bit boring after a while, but there are some fascinating places and churches along the way and so overall it was a memorable and worthwhile stretch.

A few of the places and things I enjoyed were: the ruins of the San Antón monastery (which someone posted a photo of above and which is also an albergue!), which was perhaps the most evocative place on the entire camino for me; the Puente Fitero San Nicolás, marking the historical boundary between Castille and León, and the Italian religious albergue (Ermita de San Nicolás) just before it; the Romanesque church of San Martín in Frómista which is just spectacular, probably my favourite church on the entire camino except perhaps for the cathedral at Burgos; starting to walk before dawn each day and seeing deep red sunrises every morning ("blood has been spilled this night" - Legolas); and the towns of Castrojeriz (especially), Sahagún and Mansilla de las Mulas.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
I walked that section in mid May 2015.
My daily blog might give you an idea. (text, pics, video)
Burgos starts here: http://robscamino.com/13th-of-may-a-day-off-in-burgos/

I'll be there again mid May this year :)
A great time of year.

All parts of the CF have their good points :)

I loved that section, with the 'crop waves' in the breeze.
 
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Irish Bernie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis 2013-2014-2015,16 and June 2017,May 2018,Sept 2018.

Irish Bernie

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis 2013-2014-2015,16 and June 2017,May 2018,Sept 2018.
Is there a list of Alberques on the meseta and does anyone have any faves I shouldnt miss ??
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
Is there a list of Alberques on the meseta and does anyone have any faves I shouldnt miss ??
Did you ever get a response to that list or having done it what would you recommend?

I'm planning walking 4th Camino in October and this time intend to discover the emotional stage and try to stay off the bus but remains to be seen if I have longing to reach Santiago after Leon 🤠
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Did you ever get a response to that list or having done it what would you recommend?

I'm planning walking 4th Camino in October and this time intend to discover the emotional stage and try to stay off the bus but remains to be seen if I have longing to reach Santiago after Leon 🤠
Gronze.com usually has the most up to date list of albergues.


 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
Gronze.com usually has the most up to date list of albergues.


I appreciate the signposting but I much prefer the spontaneity and embarrassment of riches one receives from others personal experiences. I am not an advocate of guide book's and it has served me well up until now but I'm grateful and familiar with most resources mentioned here 🙏🤠
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)

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