In September on the del Norte [at Guemes] we met a Dutchman who had walked from Amsterdam via the Frances and was walking home again on the northern route. He had left his home on the 8th of February and would arrive back just in time for Christmas. He said that the route was reasonably well marked heading east.
I wanted to write my experience walking the Camino del Norte in the reverse direction for people who wish to do the same in the future:
How well it is marked in the reverse direction, varies greatly along the camino, from OK close to Santiago de Comp. to practically nonexistent after Gijón.
The marking stones close to Santiago de Compostela has often a yellow or blue arrow pointing the right direction, but they gradually disappear. In the beginning I really had a hard time finding my way, but learning to ask the locals, seeing other pilgrims and their footprints and using logic, it became easier and easier.
My advise is to get a good guide book which has names of the towns, and even maps if you can get it. In the beginning it may be quite frustrating, but after a while it'll become a habit, and in the end it will probably not slow you down nor cause too much frustration.
Hi when i walked the norte i met only 3 people going the opposite way, 1 Danish guy and his two dogs who had got the train to Amsterdam then walked to Finisterre from there, i met him just outside Cadavedo doing the return journey. A Norwegian in Gijon who was going to Hendaye from Finisterre, and a American just outside Miraz who was walking along the Norte all the way to the pilgrimage site in Bosnia.
Glad to hear you that you did it, I wasnt sure at the time if i was doing you a favour by showing you were Pension Gonzales was, but i thought 'different people, different experiences' so took you there anyway.
Didnt stay at Tapia in the end, me and 4 Germans were on a mission to get out of Austurias, but did stop there to get stamps and take up the coastal path to Ribadeo, but it did look very beautiful on top of the cliffs.