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Ingles weather in May - something resembling a real question

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LorneB

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues - Porto to Vigo, 2017; Vigo to SDC to Muxia, 2018
This question is probably unworthy of this forum, but since it's unlikely to be my first such transgression, why not go for it?

I have an eye on walking the Camino Ingles in May (my plan at the moment is to land in Ferrol, and sometime before or once I get there, decide to either walk to Santiago, or board the FEVE train and ride it in short stages to Bilbao).

As I understand it, rain can be common on that pilgrimage. If that's what I get, that's what I get. But is there any chance that if I had the choice of either setting out at the beginning of May or more towards the middle, that there would a difference in weather in a predictable way?

That's kind of a real question, isn't it? And sure, it's also an excuse for enjoying some dialogue with this really enjoyable online community :)
 

spursfan

Veteran Member
I can't imagine that a couple of weeks would make any difference to rain - you should worry more about muddy conditions underfoot
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
Well, I just quickly searched weather averages in Santiago and found that on average, there are 13 days of rain in April, 11 in May and 7 in June. That suggests that on average, there is a decrease in rain from the first of May to the end of May. So, later in May would likely be drier than earlier in May. Hmmm. Not sure that makes it predictable, though.

it's also an excuse for enjoying some dialogue
Glad to help out!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Hi LorneB. Something that can happen -! - on this forum is that replies may be slightly off topic. The rain that came to batter us on our fourth day of the Ingles camino last year, after about the fourth hour of it, just helped us to sing and laugh and almost skip our way towards our destination for the day. Look what you would miss if you just hopped on the FEVE. The chance of swinging your walking pole, singing away... toss a coin. You will get what is waiting for you, either way. And the next time, take the other option!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués Porto'17,Lisbon'18
Inglés A Coruña y Ferrol '18
Invierno'19
Hello,
I have lived in Galicia (A Coruña) for 26 years. I have memories of both extremes in May.....cold and rainy, sunny and hot.....however never freezing or boiling....I have walked the inglés multiple times in rain and shine and either way it scratches that camino itch. I really don't think the beginning or middle would be different. If you have time walk the stretch from Coruña to Bruma. It can be done in one day... but two is easier.
On the other hand my orchestra tours to Bilbao most years and the bus ride is beautiful, I imagine the train would be even better You can't go wrong!!
Buen camino
MaryEllen
 
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Becky 59

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (May 2018)
Camino Ingles (Aug 2019)
Hi LorneB. Something that can happen -! - on this forum is that replies may be slightly off topic. The rain that came to batter us on our fourth day of the Ingles camino last year, after about the fourth hour of it, just helped us to sing and laugh and almost skip our way towards our destination for the day. Look what you would miss if you just hopped on the FEVE. The chance of swinging your walking pole, singing away... toss a coin. You will get what is waiting for you, either way. And the next time, take the other option!
I remember that storm! I was there too! But it (“only”) lasted a few hours and cleared beautifully later in the day. We have a saying: “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad equipment”. That holds fairly true in all but the worst of storms...
 

Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Inglés 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Camino Aragonés (2023)
Not May but first week in June 2019, sunny, warm, cloudy, windy, rain, cold, more wind and rain. Smiles, happiness, contentment. Weather really doesn’t matter, it’s what’s in your heart that does.
 

Tony Lenton

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles (2018)
Camino Frances ( from Ponferrada 2019)
This question is probably unworthy of this forum, but since it's unlikely to be my first such transgression, why not go for it?

I have an eye on walking the Camino Ingles in May (my plan at the moment is to land in Ferrol, and sometime before or once I get there, decide to either walk to Santiago, or board the FEVE train and ride it in short stages to Bilbao).

As I understand it, rain can be common on that pilgrimage. If that's what I get, that's what I get. But is there any chance that if I had the choice of either setting out at the beginning of May or more towards the middle, that there would a difference in weather in a predictable way?

That's kind of a real question, isn't it? And sure, it's also an excuse for enjoying some dialogue with this really enjoyable online community :)
For what it’s worth I did the Ingles in April 2018 and it poured down every day except for one morning when it was such thick fog we got just as wet. It didn’t really detract from the experience. There are great places to stay and eat. Last year I walked from Ponferrada to Santiago for 9 days at the end of March. It was like the Mediterranean from start to finish and was baking hot even in the “mountains”. I think from my fairly regular visits to Galicia it’s best to assume rain. If you do you won’t be disappointed and may be very pleasantly surprised. I hope the photos show the difference. Ultreia.
 

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Bella2017

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Camino(s) past & future
2014,2015,2016.
March 2017 Oct 2018 Camino ingles june 2019 cancelled Camino Portuguese Oct 2019
We walked the ingles last june and it rained on and off. I advise you buy or borrow an Altus poncho then you don’t need to worry as you will be dry
 

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