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Meseta early March

SarahRTrew

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I am planning to walk from Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Leon starting early March. (It's the only section of the CF I have not walked.) I have two questions I'm hoping for input on. First, will there be enough pilgrims in this loneliest of sections in early March to feel some community/see other people on the trail? Second, I'm wondering how/if the current situation in Europe and its impact on cost/availability of energy could change lodging on the Camino this spring - perhaps fewer places open and/or fewer with heat? (Hotels and individual rooms in albergues are my preferred type of lodging). Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge/experience!
 
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henrythedog

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I am planning to walk from Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Leon starting early March. (It's the only section of the CF I have not walked.) I have two questions I'm hoping for input on. First, will there be enough pilgrims in this loneliest of sections in early March to feel some community/see other people on the trail? Second, I'm wondering how/if the current situation in Europe and its impact on cost/availability of energy could change lodging on the Camino this spring - perhaps fewer places open and/or fewer with heat? (Hotels and individual rooms in albergues are my preferred type of lodging). Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge/experience!
1. Yes there will - but you’ll get to know them rather well. It’s a great time to walk.

2. Impossible to predict. But there will be sufficient.
 
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First, will there be enough pilgrims in this loneliest of sections in early March to feel some community/see other people on the trail?
Yes, in my experience. My favorite time to walk. There are other pilgrims but not too many.

Second, I'm wondering how/if the current situation in Europe and its impact on cost/availability of energy could change lodging on the Camino this spring - perhaps fewer places open and/or fewer with heat? (Hotels and individual rooms in albergues are my preferred type of lodging)
I have no idea about this, of course not being there. But if it's cold and there is not so much heating as usual, it's less of an issue than hot weather - just make sure you have enough warm clothes. Beanie and gloves and a decent warm jacket are essential

From another thread, about February, but they definitely apply:
For general advice re walking in winter do scan the thread, Winter Camino Frances. Winter is a wonderful time to walk but you must be prepared.
Bring lots of layers, as even the best hotels don't keep the heat on all night.
be very sure to bring some lip balm and moisture cream for your face and hands. Chapping is a real issue.
 
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SarahRTrew

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1. Yes there will - but you’ll get to know them rather well. It’s a great time to walk.

2. Impossible to predict. But there will be sufficient.
Thank you for the assurance that it will be a great time to walk. :)
 
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SarahRTrew

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Yes, in my experience. My favorite time to walk. There are other pilgrims but not too many.


I have no idea about this, of course not being there. But if it's cold and there is not so much heating as usual, it's less of an issue than hot weather - just make sure you have enough warm clothes. Beanie and gloves and a decent warm jacket are essential

From another thread, about February, but they definitely apply:
Your favorite time to walk? Good to know! Really appreciate your response. :)
 

isawtman

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I'm rolling out the "Meseta Series" of videos on My website here:
It gives you a realistic view of hiking across the meseta.
I did it in September, just two months ago, so It's not
in early March, but we did have a bad wind/rain storm
 

Mito

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March is my favorite time to do the Camino. Yes, there are plenty of people although coming out of Leon on the alternative path, I was the only pilgrim in my albergues. You’ll find many albergues open, but not always heated. Ask before you check in! Expect variable weather. Anything from snow to warm and sunny. It’s a great time to do it if you aren’t averse to cold, rain, and wind. Personally, I’d take that over heat anyday!
 
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TrvlDad1

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From Alto de Mostelera looking back toward Castrojeriz on March 22, 2022; Intermittent rain, stiff wind, 46F. Shredded my almost useless light poncho, but dried out & happy by Fromista. It was a beautiful, solitary Camino day.

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RJM

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I have never found walking across the meseta section of the Camino Frances to really be any different than the rest of it. I never see it as being some kind of lonely, desolate path where all hope is lost and the mind plays tricks on you and before you know it you're seeing hallucinations and mirages. You slog on the best you can, hoping for some relief from the madness. :D
Seriously though, it's just rolling hills, agriculture fields and in the spring it's getting green again, though you may experience cold weather...or maybe not. I'm sure you will meet lot's of pilgrims on that section and places to stay. I always have.
 

kevinJwalker

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I hiked the Meseta in february 2022. There were pilgrims every night andday with albergues open. I didn't have to call ahead to reserve a bed anywhere but there are a few sections where the distance between albergues is a bit longer than the rest of the route. I actually quite liked the Meseta as well, there are great Roman and Midieval ruins and the towns feel much less touristy. Buen Camino!
 

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