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scruffy1

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Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
There are no Camino Carbonarios so I don't see how such a thing could be enforced. If this is something new, which I seriously doubt, I for one and many others will be in big big trouble next time we try and walk the Camino as we like - alone with my books and Mozart.
 

SabineP

Camino = Empathy + Compassion.
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some and then more. see my signature.
I have heard some in Denmark talk about that it is no longer legal to walk the Camino alone. I don't know if that's true. Is it still legal to walk the Camino alone?

Hi @Skipper .

I see it is your first post here. Welcome!

I don't know where your information came from but trust me that it not true.
Maybe this was told in view of recent harrasment and safety issues on certain Caminos. Rest assured that these cases are still very rare.

If you intend to walk the Camino Frances or the Portugues you will certainly not walk alone.
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 June/July/August
I have heard some in Denmark talk about that it is no longer legal to walk the Camino alone. I don't know if that's true. Is it still legal to walk the Camino alone?
BS!
The first 3 days I was somehow "lonely" on my walks towards Pamplona on the CF. The nearer you get to your accomodation, the more crowded will get the Camino!

You never walk alone!

After Pamplona I hardly had the path for me alone.

Only in the Meseta and between Punta de la Reina and Los Arcos there were some stretches where I had the most time the path for me alone.
It also depends of your personal speed. The faster you are, the more space you will have.

There is no and will not be a legislation not to walk a Camino "alone".

Buen Camino!
Roland
 

Jean Ti

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Norte, Primitivo, Frances,Via de la Plata

Trying to do one camino every year
Good idea!

I could practice more to improve my spanish, german, korean ...😁
 

Barry Coltham

BarryCamino
Camino(s) past & future
Past: CF: Sarria to Santiago May 2017
VdlP/ Sanabres: Salamanca to Santiago May 2018
Fisterra Muxia
My preference is to walk alone - that way i don't have to try to keep up with someone or have to coerce someone to keep up with me. It will be interesting to hear if anyone has any legal opinions about walking the camino. To my knowledge there are very few "legal" demands besides common sense, common law, respect others, respect self.
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
Halløj Skipper;

do not ever go to that Ale house again, they are blatant liars...

However, there should still be a Danish royal dictum from the time of the Reformation banning us Lutherans to partake in any Camino at all...
Being the anti-authoritarians we are, however, you can feel free to do it anayway...
 
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David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I have heard some in Denmark talk about that it is no longer legal to walk the Camino alone. I don't know if that's true. Is it still legal to walk the Camino alone?
The rules about walking the Camino alone have not changed. As to whether it is legal, it probably depends upon your age. I suspect that were an 8 year old to try and walk it alone and stay in albergues, they may run into legal trouble. But for an adult, there is no problem.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
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Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
However, there should still be a Danish royal dictum from the time of the Reformation banning us Lutherans to partake in any Camino at all...
Which is, I suspect, why the St Olavs Ways are presented as cultural, scientific and spiritual, but NOT religious, activities by the Norse and other Scandinavian churches.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
Which is, I suspect, why the St Olavs Ways are presented as cultural, scientific and spiritual, but NOT religious, activities by the Norse and other Scandinavian churches.
It is only two years since the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland - the Presbyterian national established church in Scotland - voted to formally end its long-standing official disapproval of pilgrimage and recognise it as a potentially valuable spiritual discipline.
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
It is only two years since the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland - the Presbyterian national established church in Scotland - voted to formally end its long-standing official disapproval of pilgrimage and recognise it as a potentially valuable spiritual discipline.
In that case you’d better do your Camino’s again. Now that it’s potentially good for you...
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
I defected from the Kirk to the Anglicans shortly before my first Camino. So they all count... :cool:
So you think that you’ve benefitted from them anyway? Mmmmm.
 

Zordmot

First timer Spring 2019
Camino(s) past & future
April-May 2019
It is only two years since the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland - the Presbyterian national established church in Scotland - voted to formally end its long-standing official disapproval of pilgrimage and recognise it as a potentially valuable spiritual discipline.
Speaking as an ordained minister in a similar tradition I can boldly say that the church always will proclaim the truth—-but it’s usually about 500 years too late.
 

Panka

returning pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
2016 sept. 4 - CF
2019 sept. 2 - CF
Is this a clickbait joke? I mean any logical person would immediately say with confidence it is BS. Who would enforce this "law"? How? :D Ridiculous.
I think the missing context implies a misunderstanding but even if it was meant to state that alone it is not safe I would disagree. Walking alone on the camino I never felt more safe, because in my experience everybody is looking after everybody and helps even without asking.
 
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Cicada

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances St Jean -Santiago April -June 2017
Portugues September 2018
There are no Camino Carbonarios so I don't see how such a thing could be enforced. If this is something new, which I seriously doubt, I for one and many others will be in big big trouble next time we try and walk the Camino as we like - alone with my books and Mozart.
Aaahhhh Mozart fixes everything
 

ess1113

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April 2016
I have heard some in Denmark talk about that it is no longer legal to walk the Camino alone. I don't know if that's true. Is it still legal to walk the Camino alone?
I certainly hope it’s legal because I’m not doing it any other way
 

Sho

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, 2019
What possible reason would there be for such a restriction?
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
It is only two years since the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland - the Presbyterian national established church in Scotland - voted to formally end its long-standing official disapproval of pilgrimage and recognise it as a potentially valuable spiritual discipline.
Well.... now that the Camino has been sanctioned by the Scots, we can all stop holding our breath!
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Maybe this helps?
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
Is this a clickbait joke? I mean any logical person would immediately say with confidence it is BS. Who would enforce this "law"? How? :D Ridiculous.
One can never know for sure what the purpose of these posts is that are the one and only question posted by someone who joined the forum and immediately posted their question without the least hesitation, ie. without looking around, getting a feel of the place, reading the forum rules ... is it a one-time joker or a bored forum member who wants to start an animated discussion? You either give them the benefit of the doubt and think that it's a genuine request or you dimly remember your Usenet days where you learnt that you don't feed trolls. 😇

There are quite a few of these one-and-only messages that start a thread. Some are more skilfully executed than others ...
 

Theo59

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2022
Maybe this helps?
As an alternative to Mozart?
If I had to change him while walking my path, I would prefer "Chainides " .

"path of life
ends on a cliff
and who has wings in soul
spreads them and saves himself"
 

offtrail1

Dave Black
Camino(s) past & future
May 9th - June 13rd (2015) St Jean to Santiago
June 1st - June 29th (2016) Leon to Santiago & Finisterra
I met a number of Danes on my two Caminos. Obviously they were scofflaws!
 

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