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Cycling the Via de la Plata from North to South

Perry Kulak

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Camino(s) past & future
via de la plata (2019)
We are thinking of cycling along the Via de la Norte to Gijon and then down the Via de la Plata to Seville in Oct./Nov. Has anyone done this and how hard is it to follow a cycling route? We have touring bikes so do not want to do a lot of rough trails. Is there any information available that we could use to guide us along the route to Seville?

Thanks Perry Kulak
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Camino Del Estrecho, Ruta Fray Leopoldo,
Vía Serrana, Camino Francés
Perry, that sounds like a great trip. Here are some sites that may be of help to you in your planning. This first one is a gpx track that starts in Gijon and goes to Sevilla (and then on to Cadiz). If you use the drop-down "more maps" menu (upper right) to bring up the "maps raster IGN" and then zoom way in, you will be able to see the types of roads/paths it is using and judge whether they are what you want. (Link to the legend for IGN maps) There are also videos and comments on the page (open in Chrome for auto-translate).

There are many gpx tracks recorded in the opposite direction that you could follow in reverse. Here's a road bike gpx track recorded in the Sevilla - Gijon direction:

Finally, Timothy Tower has a bike journal here about his ride on the Via de la Plata and the Camino del Norte. He is very good about answering questions if you email him via the guestbook on his journal.

Have fun,
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Also the spanish guidebook to the route is clear enough to use both ways - the maps are great and keep you off the really rough tracks - but give you enough offroad to enjoy the spectacular scenery.... if you get to Seville and want more - there is another route that takes you down to via Jerez (Don't miss the Bodegas Tradicion - 50yr old sherry and awesome art) to Cadiz - with its lovely seafood......
We did the whole thing on cheap hybrids and it was fine!

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