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Camino Vadiniense in September

Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
#1
For some years the Picos de Europa has been in my interest and these years I have studied this route reading what all of you have written about it. I would like to walk from Santander, where I ended my camino Norte some years ago, to Funte De and spend som nights there as an end.
See that I can walk shorter days than most of you do, but still wondering whether this is something for a 71 year old woman walking alone. Some of you wrote about being attacked by wild dogs as well¡ Any advise?
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
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Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
#2
Hi ranthr! No advice yet, but I'm ging to do the Lebaniego from Santander to Santo Toríbio this April. I intend to make some notes to post in the forum later, so I hope I'll be able to help with that part of the Camino in he future :)

I'm 37 but I'm also a fan of shorter days. For that trail, with so many uphills, I intend to walk 4 days. I initially thought of 5, but little annual leave cut that short :p Are you planning any stages or will leave it for later? I was just worried with the little amount of accomodation options.
 
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#3
hi ranthr, I'll just add a few thoughts at this early stage for you -
I guess your first 3 or so days will just follow the Norte to San Vicente.
I don't think the Lebaniego route is any wilder than other lesser travelled routes like Ingles. The only place where you are really well away from civilisation is on the mountain option after Cicera. There is a lot of small road walking. I met a couple of unfriendly village dogs in Pendes but they retreated at a waved stick - that was all. It's certainly not as wild and challenging as the Salvador (which is still not that tricky really).
You may have to do some more work to factor in the Picos. The camino just skirts the national park at Cabanes and then again at Fuente De I think.
When I stayed at Cabanes the private albergue were taking groups of children on gentle walks up into the hills above, so if you plan to stay there you might adda day and ask for a gentle well used route into the hills above the village. It would seem a shame to miss the opportunity when you've already climed up most of the way already.
Fuente De has the ski lift that can take you up into the gods.
For me one of the most exhilarating parts of the journey was the morning leaving Fuente De when you have a long but gentle climb up to about 1800m on a wide track (took us about 2 hours). At the top your are on the shoulder of the col in amongst the snow capped rocky crags and able to see for many kms in nearly all directions. So if you quickly tire of pampered living in the Fuente De Parador, it might be worth stretching your limbs in that direction on a day's excursion...
 

MethaV

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014 Camino Frances
2017 Le Puy en Velay-Cahors
2018 Cahors-SJPdP
Le Chemin Piemont Pyrénéen (2019)
#5
For some years the Picos de Europa has been in my interest and these years I have studied this route reading what all of you have written about it. I would like to walk from Santander, where I ended my camino Norte some years ago, to Funte De and spend som nights there as an end.
See that I can walk shorter days than most of you do, but still wondering whether this is something for a 71 year old woman walking alone. Some of you wrote about being attacked by wild dogs as well¡ Any advise?
I haven't done the Camino Norte yet but planning to do it this year. I am positive that it's quite ok for you to walk alone, and concerning your age - as long as you can walk, you can walk the Camino! Whether 5 km a day or 25, that is not important. The important is to be there and move along!
On my first Camino I met an Italian couple well over 80, they did the whole Camino Frances.
Buon Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
#6
Thanks all of you. I'll reread your advices again later, I have booked 3 nights in Fuente De, thinking of daily walks up in the mountain. Also thinking of staying a couple of days in Potes to walk to the cloister the day between. The idea of a walk from Cabanes is a good idea , I 'll look at the possibility. This will be more of a tourist trip for me so I will prebook my nights, it seems like September is a busy months! I would have liked better to go in October, but I think the buses do not go to Fuente De later than September and I do not want to walk both ways.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
#7
Booked my flight and ready for a very slow walk from San Vicente in September.
Day 1: San Vicente to Puente de Arrudo
Day 2: Puente de Arrudo to La Fuente or Cicera
Day 3: To Cabañas (or Potes if the albergue is full)
Day 4: To Potes
Day 5: T/r to the cloister
Day 6: From Potes to Areñas
Day 7: To Funte De
I have seen that there are only busroute to Funte De June/August so I guess I have to walk back to Potes. No return ticket , so may be I walk the Vadiense from Funte De. Time will show.
 

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