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Camino Salvador and Vadiniense

Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo/Finisterre
#1
Hello:

I'm planning on walking the Caminos Salvador and Vadiniense this April. Will I encounter snow? Should I wait for the end of April or May?

Thank you
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2014,2016),Primitivo (2015), San Salvador (2017), Norte (2018), Ingles (2018)
#2
Hi Barry. I haven't been there in April but I do know from locals that the Picos get a LOT of snow. No one will really know what the weather will be in April but I would suggest going later would be the prudent approach. Entire villages relocate for Winter it gets that bad up there!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo
#3
Will I encounter snow?
Possibly.

The view from the albergue window at Poladura when I got up the morning of 10 Apr 2018:

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There were 3 of us that night, and we were advised (obviously) not to try and walk over the pass. So we walked out (6kms) to the nearest train station:

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Jill
 
Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo/Finisterre
#4
Thank you......do think May would be a better time? Or are these Caminos better done in the fall...September?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo
#5
Thank you......do think May would be a better time? Or are these Caminos better done in the fall...September?
I haven’t walked the Vadiniense, so cannot comment on that one. It depends how adventurous you are, on whether you walk mountainous caminos at the end or beginning of winter. Walking in April I was prepared to have to backtrack, or take an escape route, if the weather closed in on me. So it didn’t bother me that I had to take public transport one day to get around the mountain pass. I guess May and September are peak season (as on the Camino Francés), so it may be busy, but the weather would probably be better. In April I enjoyed sharing the albergues with only 2 or 3 other people.
 
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese,Frances,Norte,Salvador/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
#7
Actually, I think full summer is the peak season here. June, July and August. Sometimes, people report bed crunches in those times. Having walked it in June, July, and September, I can vouch for them all. I did have rain on the July walk, but it was still quite gorgeous. My June walk, though, was the most perfect you could ever imagine.

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Wow. Those pics are just ‘the best’. June sounds like a good time.
X
 
Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo/Finisterre
#8
I just realized I forgot to answer the Vadiniense question.The Vadiniense starts in Potes at the monastry where the Lebañiego ends, has some mountain days that could be dicey in April (around Fuente De) but after that, it’s a pretty straight shot down to Mansilla de las Mulas. The Vadiniense intersects with the Salvador in Cistierna — how are you planning to combine them?
Thank you for the information. I didn't realize the Vadiniense intersected with the Salvador. I've been looking on the Gronze website and thought we would follow the Vadiniense until it intersected with Frances and pick up the Salvador in Leons. I just noticed on the Gronze website that the Vadiniense crosses the Viejo Camino....is this what you are referring to i.e where it intersects with the Salvador? What would you recommend ? Besides Gronze is there somewhere else where I could obtain more information on these Caminos?
It looks like we are going to have to delay our walk until mid September or early October. Any thoughts or comments on these times? I know there are no guarantees about snow but would these be good times to walk these Caminos.

Also we might try and extend our trip and walk the Magna Via Francigena in Sicily. I think I remember you made a comment about this walk awhile ago on another thread Did you walk it your self? Any thoughts/comments about this walk? Did you do any multi-day walks in Sicily that you could recommend?

Thank you again.
 
#9
Thank you for the information. I didn't realize the Vadiniense intersected with the Salvador. I've been looking on the Gronze website and thought we would follow the Vadiniense until it intersected with Frances and pick up the Salvador in Leons. I just noticed on the Gronze website that the Vadiniense crosses the Viejo Camino....is this what you are referring to i.e where it intersects with the Salvador? What would you recommend ? Besides Gronze is there somewhere else where I could obtain more information on these Caminos?
It looks like we are going to have to delay our walk until mid September or early October. Any thoughts or comments on these times? I know there are no guarantees about snow but would these be good times to walk these Caminos.

Also we might try and extend our trip and walk the Magna Via Francigena in Sicily. I think I remember you made a comment about this walk awhile ago on another thread Did you walk it your self? Any thoughts/comments about this walk? Did you do any multi-day walks in Sicily that you could recommend?

Thank you again.
Hi, Barry,

Ok, I messed up. The Vadiniense intersects with the Olvidado (that has become the official name — no more Viejo Camino or Camino de la Montaña, according to the associations on the ground) — anyway, the Vadiniense intersects with the Olvidado in Cistierna, not with the Salvador. Your plan to walk down to León and the up again makes a lot of sense. Maybe I am biased because that’s what I did years ago: http://caminovadiniense.blogspot.com

There is a fair amount of info here on the forum, and I am assuming you have Ender’s guide to the Salvador. The Vadiniense doesn’t seem to be getting a lot of interest, and I have to say that there are long, very long,flat stretches, lots of asphalt, that aren’t glorious. The high points are definitely the first few days in the Picos. After Senda de la Remoña, the mountains are over. But it is interesting and compelling, IMO, just like every other camino in Spain! Are you planning to start the Vadiniense in Potes? If you have the extra days, adding on the Lebañiego and starting in Santander or San Vicente might be attractive.

As far as Sicily, oh I wish. I have spent three weeks on Sicily but only as a tourist, it is one of the most amazing places on the planet! So getting to walk would be a real treat. Good luck with that plan.
 

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