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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#1
I walked the Camino Frances last year in 29 days so quite comfortable in 30 kms plus days. I am walking solo. I thought i might walk the Le puy route as I liked the first day from SJPP but am open to suggestions. I liked walking in the summer and didn't like it so much when the weather changed in September. Thanks for your help in advance. I have about 5 weeks available to walk.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#3
I walked the Camino Frances last year in 29 days so quite comfortable in 30 kms plus days. I am walking solo. I thought i might walk the Le puy route as I liked the first day from SJPP but am open to suggestions. I liked walking in the summer and didn't like it so much when the weather changed in September. Thanks for your help in advance. I have about 5 weeks available to walk.
Hi, Helen,

Did you checked the Levante and Sanabres combo?
I think it might be just right for 5 weeks especially if you're not worried about higher temps.
http://www.vieiragrino.com/camino/camino.asp
http://www.caminosantiago.org/cpperegrino/caminos/caminover.asp?CaminoId=14
http://www.mundicamino.com/los-caminos/42/camino-de-levante/
https://www.gronze.com/camino-levante

Info on Sanabres is easy to find either as Camino Sanabres or part of Via de la Plata (although original VdlP goes to Astorga).

Ultreia!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#4
The Le Puy is beautiful. I loved it (so much I went back for seconds!).
Hi Kanga, where did you fly into to get to Le Puy? What route did you return by? I live in Melbourne. Thanks for your help. Helen
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#5
Well, @Helen Aussie not the sensible way either time (which would be to fly into Paris or Lyon, and then take the train to Le Puy). Instead, the first time I flew into Milan, had a week in the north of Italy first, then caught a train to Geneva, and from there to Le Puy via Clemont Ferrand and St Etienne Chateucreux. The second time I flew into Nice, from there by train to Marseille, Avignon, Lyon, St Etienne and then to Le Puy. Long way round.

The efficient way is to fly into Paris or Lyon, and fly out from Biarritz (assuming you are planning to finish at St Jean Pied de Port). Most of the international carriers allow "open jaw" tickets at no extra cost. They can be tricky to book online - you may need a travel agent to do it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#6
Thanks Kanga. I did a bit of research and thought Lyon however might head somewhere for a week after SJPP.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015) this year Portugal (2017)
#8
I walked the Camino Frances last year in 29 days so quite comfortable in 30 kms plus days. I am walking solo. I thought i might walk the Le puy route as I liked the first day from SJPP but am open to suggestions. I liked walking in the summer and didn't like it so much when the weather changed in September. Thanks for your help in advance. I have about 5 weeks available to walk.
Hello,
We did Le Puy in september 2015, the weather was nice, we landed in Lyon early morning 7:30am took the shuttle train to Lyon and from there took the train to Le Puy the same day . Slept 2 nights in the Monastery before leaving we attended the mass into very nice Cathedrale where they give you souvenirs, stamp your credencial many Pilegrims are leaving on the same time.
Be prepared for a good 15 days of climing (sometime tough) and downhill trails. It's a very nice Camino my favorite ,in France in you could stay in what they call Maison D'Hôte ( Bed and Breakfast ) by law they have to supply beding sheets, towels and breakfast. If you sleep in refuge the law doesn't apply , for 4 to 5 Euros more you are better in Maison d'Hôte.
Took us 30 days to SJPP and fly back home via Bordeau France.
Enjoy
 

Kippax

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
First time -
#9
Hello, I'm brand new here. Would anyone have any routes suggestions for a winter Camino ? (as this coincides with the Australian summer school holidays). I'd like to walk one with my 18 yo son before he has to start Uni in late Feb early March.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#12
Hello,
We did Le Puy in september 2015, the weather was nice, we landed in Lyon early morning 7:30am took the shuttle train to Lyon and from there took the train to Le Puy the same day . Slept 2 nights in the Monastery before leaving we attended the mass into very nice Cathedrale where they give you souvenirs, stamp your credencial many Pilegrims are leaving on the same time.
Be prepared for a good 15 days of climing (sometime tough) and downhill trails. It's a very nice Camino my favorite ,in France in you could stay in what they call Maison D'Hôte ( Bed and Breakfast ) by law they have to supply beding sheets, towels and breakfast. If you sleep in refuge the law doesn't apply , for 4 to 5 Euros more you are better in Maison d'Hôte.
Took us 30 days to SJPP and fly back home via Bordeau France.
Enjoy
Hi . Thanks so much for your reply. Just wondered if you booked your train tickets on line before you left or did you wait until you arrived just in case the plane was late? Did you spend a couple of nights in Le Puy before starting the walk to get over jet Lag? Where did you stay in Le Puy?
Thanks again. It is exciting planning my next trip and am refreshing my basic French on line.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015) this year Portugal (2017)
#14
Hi . Thanks so much for your reply. Just wondered if you booked your train tickets on line before you left or did you wait until you arrived just in case the plane was late? Did you spend a couple of nights in Le Puy before starting the walk to get over jet Lag? Where did you stay in Le Puy?
Thanks again. It is exciting planning my next trip and am refreshing my basic French on line.
I booked the train before leaving very easy they have a web site or application. Our flight was at 7:30 am the train was at 9:30 am. Take note the French railway is currently on strike, and you need to take a shuttle train fron the airport to reach the train station at Lyon. I staid 2 nights at the monestary to get over the jet Lag.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#15
I booked the train before leaving very easy they have a web site or application. Our flight was at 7:30 am the train was at 9:30 am. Take note the French railway is currently on strike, and you need to take a shuttle train fron the airport to reach the train station at Lyon. I staid 2 nights at the monestary to get over the jet Lag.
Hi Jeep,
Thanks for your reply. I haven't had a lot of time to research as yet but can you tell me the name of the monastery and do I need to book? Thanks Helen
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015) this year Portugal (2017)
#16
Hi Jeep,
Thanks for your reply. I haven't had a lot of time to research as yet but can you tell me the name of the monastery and do I need to book? Thanks Helen
The name is Grand Séminaire Accueil St-Georges the address is 4 St-Georges St 4300 Puy en Velay E-mail address grandseminaire43@live.fr ,after getting out of the train station look for the Cathedrale on the top of the hill the Grand Seminaire is the building behing. The price include breakfast you need to advice if you want sheets for a small extra and you can also take all the meals you want to.
Good Luck!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#17
The Le Puy is beautiful. I loved it (so much I went back for seconds!).
Hi Kanga, Can I ask what brand and size backpack you took on this Camino? Did you take a sleeping bag andwhat rainwear did you take? Thanks Helen
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#18
Gosh @Helen Aussie my last Le Puy was in 2010, so I had to look at some photos to help me remember. I took an Aarn backpack, and a down sleeping bag and a poncho for rain gear. It was a simple poncho and did not cover my arms, so after experiencing freezing sleet/wind/snow I went shopping in Cahors and bought a very nice pale mauve Goretex jacket. Still in my cupboard and useful around town but these days on Camino I rely on my Altus raincoat.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#19
Gosh @Helen Aussie my last Le Puy was in 2010, so I had to look at some photos to help me remember. I took an Aarn backpack, and a down sleeping bag and a poncho for rain gear. It was a simple poncho and did not cover my arms, so after experiencing freezing sleet/wind/snow I went shopping in Cahors and bought a very nice pale mauve Goretex jacket. Still in my cupboard and useful around town but these days on Camino I rely on my Altus raincoat.
Thanks Kanga. What time of year did you go? Did you wear boots/ runners/Etc?
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#20
@Helen Aussie I wore lightweight ASIC joggers. If I was walking it now I’d wear sandals but take waterproof breathable socks (Dexshell or Sealskinz) just in case there was cold rain. But that’s me.

The first time I walked it in September, the second in April/May.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#21
@Helen Aussie I wore lightweight ASIC joggers. If I was walking it now I’d wear sandals but take waterproof breathable socks (Dexshell or Sealskinz) just in case there was cold rain. But that’s me.

The first time I walked it in September, the second in April/May.
Didn't you get stones in your sandals?
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#22
Sometimes. But I can go days without one. If it happens it is easy to shake them out, just by tapping the toe of the sandal on the ground. I don't usually need to remove the sandal, unlike shoes. Nor have I ever injured my toes.
 

JAL

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2014
Le Puy-St. Jean 2015
Via Francigena 2016
Norte/Primitivo 2016
Via de la Plata 2017
#23
LePuy or VDLP...I loved them both.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
#25
Do I need rain pants plus rain coat Le puy route August/ September?
August and early September (and some years late September!) are quite hot; no rain pants really needed, and even a rain coat can be too warm. A jacket (and pack cover) will suffice.
 
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Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
#26
My only concern is that I have looked at the weather forecast and thunderstorms are predicted?
 

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