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Inglés with baby buggy

cassieryle

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Year of past OR future Camino
Fisterre (2017), Norte(2018), Ingles (2019)
Hi,
We are walking the ingles with our baby this September. Wondering if anyone could shed some light on how suitable the surfaces are for a buggy. We have an all-terrain model with pump up bicycle style tires.

We did the Norte last year and that definitely would’ve been tough with the buggy. Hoping the ingles will be more suitable.

Thanks to anyone who can advise on this or other baby-minded tips for this route.
 
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biarritzdon

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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
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I would offer that the surfaces on both routes are pretty much the same and probably there are less places to stop between villages on the Ingles.
 

ElAines

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Year of past OR future Camino
SdC-Muxía-Fisterra (May 2015)
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How exciting - have a wonderful family Camino. We did the CI last Sept with that type of buggy/tyre, no problems. There was some points when we both pushed uphill but no terrain issues.

There was one night we took a taxi as we couldn’t get private accommodation on the way. And we did short days, so certainly you can get interim stops if you’re open to non-albergue nights. Happy to share our stages, accommodations, and answer other Qs if that’s useful to you.

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peb

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Year of past OR future Camino
C. Ingles March 2018
Most of the Ingles is either country tracks or tarmacked country roads. There are one or two parts where you walk along a single track at the edge of a field, especially on the stage to Betanzos. You may just need to pick up the buggy and baby for 100 metres or so. I would also avoid the 1 hour walk alongside the motorway on the way to Sigueiro, especially if your baby is sleeping at that hour, and because pushing the buggy on a grass embankment for an hour will be tough. Instead of turning right onto the grass verge when you go over the motorway bridge, carry on along the road, going straight over the next crossroads, and then simply following the road all the way to Sigueiro.

There are also two 20 minute tough climbs out of Pontedeume and Betanzos, both on tarmac. The way out of Pontedeume is especially steep to walk up, let alone push a buggy up. However, it is the start of the day, and there is a bench to rest halfway up

As @biarritzdon rightly says, restaurants, cafes, shops and water fountains are few and far between on the Ingles. You may only pass 1 or 2 per day on some stages, and may walk 2 hours or so between one and the next. You therefore need to take enough provisions and sustinence for you and the baby, or the walk will become very testing.

this is especially true on the 2 days between Betanzos and Sigueiro, where there are basically no shops. I am assuming you are staying in private accommodation. As @ElAines suggests, book up in advance, so as to be sure you have a room for the night
 

Elle Bieling

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Year of past OR future Camino
2014
I have lots of photos on my website, for each days walk, if that helps you decide. Here is my site, Camino Ingles. There are many dirt lanes that I believe a buggy would be fine on. There are lots of paved roads as you will see and lots of hills to push up the buggy. There is one particular section on our day two that is short rough and very steep, but if you are are determined you can do it. The uphill on pavement will be strenuous but doable. Good luck and happy planning! Elle
 
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eacMB

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How about a baby stroller on the Camino Frances between Sarria and Santiago? (Doing that in Oct.)
 

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