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Camino del Norte guidebook?

Dawn Gibson

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Hola 👋 I would like to buy a guidebook on the Camino del Norte and wondered which ones my fellow-pilgrims here used?📚 I walked with John Brierly's guidebook on the Camino Frances and loved it.👌

Any suggestions and experiences to share, please? 😊 I am initially looking to gain a feel for this northern route (no current plans in place to walk it at the moment, but I am always hopeful of the future. 🙏💚)

Thanks in advance.🚶💚
 
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My preference is the Village to Village guide book. I carry the paper copy because it is very thin and light. However, I carry ALL the other guidebooks on my iPhone, either as an app or in Books or Kindle. Having walked with German speaking Swiss peregrinos, I would have to say the German Kustenweg book is the best and most detailed. But it is easily the heaviest and I don't speak German. Buen Camino
 
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Hola 👋 I would like to buy a guidebook on the Camino del Norte and wondered which ones my fellow-pilgrims here used?📚 I walked with John Brierly's guidebook on the Camino Frances and loved it.👌
I too loved the Brierley guidebook for the Frances, especially his simple to follow maps. I was initially disappointed he did not have a guidebook for the Norte/Primitivo routes, so I opted for this one in 2016. Once I familiarized myself with it, I could appreciate the differences and had no problem.
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cf (2), de la plata, cp. (2003 -2018)
Hola 👋 I would like to buy a guidebook on the Camino del Norte and wondered which ones my fellow-pilgrims here used?📚 I walked with John Brierly's guidebook on the Camino Frances and loved it.👌

Any suggestions and experiences to share, please? 😊 I am initially looking to gain a feel for this northern route (no current plans in place to walk it at the moment, but I am always hopeful of the future. 🙏💚)

Thanks in advance.🚶💚
CICERONE publish a book entitled : THE NORTHERN CAMINOS which includes the NORTE, PRIMITIVO and INGLES routes. It is an excellent book and I have loaned it out many times. If you cannot get it , I will post it to you. Only on loan of course.

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My apologies, I need to correct my previous response. I stated that John's Brierly's CDN guidebook would be an excellent choice without knowing if indeed he had one. I used his Camino Portugués one in 2019 and just bought his new Camino Inglés guidebook and I do think they are excellent.

 
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2019
They are all good, each different, all useful. I buy and read all the latest I can find before I walk my next Camino, carry the most appropriate (usually lightest) in paper form (with unnecessary pages cut out) and all the rest on my iPhone. Don't want to miss anything. The 2022 Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino Frances is on the way to me from Ivar's shop as I type. Eagerly awaiting it. Buen Camino
 
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Hola 👋 I would like to buy a guidebook on the Camino del Norte and wondered which ones my fellow-pilgrims here used?📚 I walked with John Brierly's guidebook on the Camino Frances and loved it.👌

Any suggestions and experiences to share, please? 😊 I am initially looking to gain a feel for this northern route (no current plans in place to walk it at the moment, but I am always hopeful of the future. 🙏💚)

Thanks in advance.🚶💚
Check out the Cicerone Press guide to del Norte and Primitivo, by Dave Whitson. They also do guide books to several other pilgrim routes. I’m planning to walk the Camino Frances in April using their guide written by Sandy Brown. Happy reading. https://cicerone.co.uk pilgrim trails
 

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PAST - Francés, Norte, Salvador, Portuguese
For those who might be interested JB explains in this talk why he hasn't written a guide to the Norte

If you don't have time to watch the whole thing you can skip to 16:18 for his explanation.
Basically, it's because he doesn't have time to walk that route regularly with all of its variants to keep the guide updated.

The video should be cued up to that part on this link

 
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PeterArrow

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Frances, Norte, Portugese. Next from Faro
Hola 👋 I would like to buy a guidebook on the Camino del Norte and wondered which ones my fellow-pilgrims here used?📚 I walked with John Brierly's guidebook on the Camino Frances and loved it.👌

Any suggestions and experiences to share, please? 😊 I am initially looking to gain a feel for this northern route (no current plans in place to walk it at the moment, but I am always hopeful of the future. 🙏💚)

Thanks in advance.🚶💚
Used the Rother on line book. With perfect GPS maps. If the language is a problem you can load it with Google Chrome. Then it’s automatically translated.
 

Dawn Gibson

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CICERONE publish a book entitled : THE NORTHERN CAMINOS which includes the NORTE, PRIMITIVO and INGLES routes. It is an excellent book and I have loaned it out many times. If you cannot get it , I will post it to you. Only on loan of course.

Samarkand.
Thank you. 😊 I will try and get hold of it. I've used Cicerone books before and liked them.
 
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Yes, Dave Whitson is!
I always look at Gronze's website, but also have always purchased a guidebook months before I go on my next Camino, especially if choosing a new route. I add many notes in the margins with information gleaned from forum members🙏. Before I finally leave home I do a quick 15 minute screenshot scanning of all the pages and now I leave the guidebook at home, yet still have all pertinent information at my fingertips.
 
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Planning I purchased both cicerone guide and wise pilgrim 2022. I will take wise pilgrim with me in June. I like the maps better. Also have wise pilgrim app on my phone but I like to look at a map on paper.
 

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I just received the Wise Pilgrim Camino del Norte book from Ivar, it compliments the app very well. Having been used to the Brierley books it was a bit strange at first but I quickly came to like the format.
 

andarapie

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2021
I used Cicerone's Guide to the Camino del Norte and Primitivo by Dave Whitson, and found it particularly helpful for variant routes that might be more interesting and for which sites (manmade or natural) to see, whether on or near the camino or in a town. I also bought the Village to Village guide, but it was not helpful to me - it just has maps (which I can get from Google or other online sources) and addresses of albergues and hostels - so I left it at home.

For which albergues are open, and ratings on them, the most up to date guide was Gronze.com. Wise Pilgrim also had helpful ratings, and gps with their maps. (Some other map sites have this, too, but not Google - it doesn't show the Camino or GR routes.)
 
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