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Cycling Santander to Burgos

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Stevenlou

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Hi all, we have our camino booked for august/Sept 2019 just wondering has anyone cycled from santander to burgos, was planning to load 2 bikes on alsa bus to Burgos to then pick up camino trail, however an after thought is maybe we could cycle to Burgos, wondering what road network is like en route and also accommodation has we would break it up with a stop part way to Burgos.
 

freeflyer123

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www.cyclingsofties.blog
Camino de Santiago, 2013
Hi, I don't see any problems with you cycling from Santander to Burgos and you shouldn't have any problems finding accommodation along the way as most of the area is well catered for.

If you are constrained with time and want to take a bus to Burgos, I would suggest that you carry a few light-weight bike carriers for transporting your bikes. We have normal bikes (as can be seen in my photo, although I've since bought a slightly different one for myself), and if you take the wheels off they can go into a bag quite easily. Be aware that August can be horrendously hot, and even September as well. But that's one of the joys of being on a bike, isn't it as you make your own wind and can keep much cooler if you're cycling. And going over the Meseta is a doddle - so much easier than walking it. Carry lots of water and have some high-sustainable snacks and you'll be fine. Most of all, enjoy what is always a truly memorable experience.

We cycled from Bayonne to Santiago in July 2013, going through St John Pied de Port. Although it was hard in parts, we both found it a joy. Funny how the worst bits recede quite quickly yet you always remember all the great bits. And now we are looking into cycling from Santander using the Camino de Norte route and into Santiago sometime this year, and are doing a lot of research as we're both in our seventies now, and maybe not as fit as we used to be.
 

Stevenlou

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None
Many thanks for your reply we will be riding hybrid and gravel bikes, we visited santander about 7 years ago in June they had the most horrendous rain for 5 days, the main reason we opted for the sunshine months we know it is also difficult in the heat, we are keen cyclists in our mid 50s and are looking forward to a 4 week adventure. Steve n lou
 

Marcus-UK

Old Git
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles (2016) Camino Portuguese (2017) Considering Invierno 2019
Hi all, we have our camino booked for august/Sept 2019 just wondering has anyone cycled from santander to burgos, was planning to load 2 bikes on alsa bus to Burgos to then pick up camino trail, however an after thought is maybe we could cycle to Burgos, wondering what road network is like en route and also accommodation has we would break it up with a stop part way to Burgos.
An alternative to Burgos is to start from Fromista. There are trains from Santander to I think Palencia that stop at Fromista which is on the Camino Frances. It is approximately halfway between Burgos and Leon. This then gives you access to the Alberque/hostal network.
 

Stevenlou

Member
Camino(s) past & future
None
Thanks for your suggestion, we will have a think about that, we have set our minds on beginning in Burgos we have plenty of time to cycle from Burgos to santiago. Although cycling from fromista would shorten the camino it would give us more time to enjoy Northern Spain. Many thanks.
 

Matthew King

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: StJPP to SdC March/April 2015 peregrino.
Camino del Norte: Santander to SdC June 2015 bicigrino.
Camino Finisterre: SdC to Finisterre/Muxia/SdC March 2016 peregrino.
Camino del Norte: StJPP then Irun to Santander August 2016 bicigrino.
Via Francigena Canterbury to Rome June/July 2017 bicigrino.
Hi Stevenlou
Did you end up cycling from Santander to Burgos to join the Camino Frances to Santiago? I live in Devon and want to cycle from home to Santiago using the Plymouth-Santander ferry to join the CF at Burgos. I'd be interested where you chose to stop between Santander and Burgos and which routing you chose? Komoot suggests passing just to the eastern end of Lake Ebro then via Incillas and up Alto de la Mazorra.
I've walked the CF 4 years ago so know the type of terrain from Burgos westwards.
Many thanks
Matt
 

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