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mjak

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte
Dear fellow pilgrims,

I'm going to do the Camino del Norte in about a week. I arrive at Bayonne. I was wondering if I could start my camino from there. My initial plan was taking the train from Bayonne to Hendaye but I was wondering if it could be possible to walk this route in some way.

As far as I know, there is no direct route going from Bayonne to Hendaye. But I could potentially walk the Camino Baztan until Souraide and then join a way from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Hendaye. The problem is that I do not find much information about the SJPDP>Hendaye route.

Is there a way to walk from Bayonne to Hedaye?
Is there more information on the SJPDP>Hendaye route? I've heard about the GR10 but that is not what I'm looking for. There should be an easier way...

Kind regards
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
I've heard about the GR10 but that is not what I'm looking for.
Then you may not like doing a stretch of the GR11 either but read on.

I've been looking into taking the GR11 from Elizondo (on the Camino Baztan and with albergue and other lodging) to Bera (lodging again) and then to Irun on the Camino Norte.

See post #24 by @mspath at https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/gr11-coast-to-coast-across-the-pyrenees.63930/#post-777960
And maybe read the rest of the thread too.
 
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Mournes

Active Member
Hi Mjak, there is already a thread ,"Walking Bayonne to Irun 22/07/2014.Scroll down to a post from Loving Kindness 22 May 2016
where she has listed all the info you require for this route.Hope this helps.
 

Barbara

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte (twice)and Primitivo, Sureste, In France From home Tours and Vézelay, also Le Puy
That's the Camino of the French coast or littoral. I've cycled it, it's a pretty route. The Confraternity of St James has a guide, and so does the local pilgrim association. Not much pilgrim type accommodation, though.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015

mjak

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte
Then you may not like doing a stretch of the GR11 either but read on.

I've been looking into taking the GR11 from Elizondo (on the Camino Baztan and with albergue and other lodging) to Bera (lodging again) and then to Irun on the Camino Norte.

See post #24 by @mspath at https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/gr11-coast-to-coast-across-the-pyrenees.63930/#post-777960
And maybe read the rest of the thread too.
Thank you! To be more precise about not trying to do the GR10: I said it because the website of the 'Flemish Compostela Society/Company' talks about it on their website (it contains a map). Translated by deepl:

Pilgrims arriving in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port have the choice of continuing their journey on the Camino Francés or going to the coast to take the Camino del Norte. The Camino del Norte starts in Irún on the French-Spanish border. On the French side of the border is Hendaye.

There are two ways to cover the distance from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Hendaye. For pilgrims with a strong condition, there is the high route through the mountains. But there is also an easier version through hills and valleys. The high trail follows the GR10 trail through the western Pyrenees. This trail is really heavy. Moreover, the weather has to be taken into account. There's little shelter against rain and wind and during thunderstorms it can be really dangerous. Then there is the low route, a road at the foot of the Pyrenees, which runs more through inhabited areas.

In both cases the route is about 75 km long. For the GR the pilgrim has to use the white-red markings. The low trail is signposted with the familiar blue shell and yellow arrows. The most appropriate stops are: Bidarray, Itxassou - Pas de Roland, Espelette, Urrugne and Hendaye. From Hendaye it is 2.5 km to reach Irun. There are both a pilgrimage and a youth hostel. In the other stops there are gîtes, campsites and exceptionally also a pilgrim's hostel.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
I was looking for someone that may know other resources for this trail.
 

mjak

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte
Hi Mjak, there is already a thread ,"Walking Bayonne to Irun 22/07/2014.Scroll down to a post from Loving Kindness 22 May 2016
where she has listed all the info you require for this route.Hope this helps.
Thank you! I did not find that post. My forum searching skills are not the best I see :)
 

mjak

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte
That's the Camino of the French coast or littoral. I've cycled it, it's a pretty route. The Confraternity of St James has a guide, and so does the local pilgrim association. Not much pilgrim type accommodation, though.
Oh, I didn't know the Camino Littoral existed. Thank you! :)
For people that will find this thread, more information from The Confraternity of St James here
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés
I'm going to do the Camino del Norte in about a week. I arrive at Bayonne. I was wondering if I could start my camino from there. My initial plan was taking the train from Bayonne to Hendaye but I was wondering if it could be possible to walk this route in some way.
Hi, I’ve walked from Bayonne to Irun. I stayed at Hotel Les Genets in Anglet, then walked about 23kms next day to Ciboure (stayed at the Ibis Hotel), then about 18kms next day to Albergue Capitan Tximista, avoiding the centre of Irun. There is a regular ferry from Hendaye to Hondarribia. See attached pdfs. I started on the coast near Bordeaux. I wrote about it here:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/bordeaux-to-irún-on-the-voie-littorale-to-connect-with-the-norte.44436/
Jill
 

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mjak

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte
Hi, I’ve walked from Bayonne to Irun. I stayed at Hotel Les Genets in Anglet, then walked about 23kms next day to Ciboure (stayed at the Ibis Hotel), then about 18kms next day to Albergue Capitan Tximista, avoiding the centre of Irun. There is a regular ferry from Hendaye to Hondarribia. See attached pdfs. I started on the coast near Bordeaux. I wrote about it here:
https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/bordeaux-to-irún-on-the-voie-littorale-to-connect-with-the-norte.44436/
Jill
Thank you for you reply, this is very valuable information. I will most likely walk this way.

Is this path marked?
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés
Is this path marked?
Yes, it is way-marked, but you need to stay focused, as it’s not always obvious which way to go. Just keep the sea on your right! I had the printed maps with me as well, and MapsMe is useful to have on your cellphone. (Once the area map is downloaded you can use it offline.)
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Dear fellow pilgrims,

I'm going to do the Camino del Norte in about a week. I arrive at Bayonne. I was wondering if I could start my camino from there. My initial plan was taking the train from Bayonne to Hendaye but I was wondering if it could be possible to walk this route in some way.

As far as I know, there is no direct route going from Bayonne to Hendaye. But I could potentially walk the Camino Baztan until Souraide and then join a way from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Hendaye. The problem is that I do not find much information about the SJPDP>Hendaye route.

Is there a way to walk from Bayonne to Hedaye?
Is there more information on the SJPDP>Hendaye route? I've heard about the GR10 but that is not what I'm looking for. There should be an easier way...

Kind regards
From Bayonne to Irun there is marked way called Via de Bayona (continuing from Irun to Burgos). I walked it in 2016. You can PM me your e-mail and I can send you the material I got at the time.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Le Puy (2016)
Vézelay (2019)
Norte (2019)
Hi Mjak
The French site aucoeurduchemin.org has an English translation and describes the Voie de la Côte from Bayonne to Hendaye.
Bon chemin
John
 

mjak

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte
Thank you all for the replies. I will take the Voie de la Côte from Bayonne to Hendaye. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Le Puy (2016)
Vézelay (2019)
Norte (2019)
I’ve only walked the last part from Urrugne to Hendaye and it was pleasant and somewhat suburban, little satellite villages and a feeling of gentility (compared with further inland).
 

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Terry Howell

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(September 2017)
From Bayonne to Irun there is marked way called Via de Bayona (continuing from Irun to Burgos). I walked it in 2016. You can PM me your e-mail and I can send you the material I got at the time.
I would appreciate receiving the same information because I plan on starting from Biarritz to the Norte. Thank you. Terry
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
I walked with the Baztan Five from Irun up to Biarritz, then we caught a bus to Bayonne. Big fun, beautiful trail, but I wouldn't want to try it in bad weather!
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
I would appreciate receiving the same information because I plan on starting from Biarritz to the Norte. Thank you. Terry
Send me your e-mail address via PM through this forum (don't post it in here).
 

lunna

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
frances; portugues, lisboa-muxia; norte + to bayonne; vdlp; chemin du puy; voie d'arles/ aragones
This stretch is very beautiful, but book ahead, as otherwise finding a room can be very pricey along the Voie Littorale!
 

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