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MelissaKay

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Camino Frances June-July 2017
Has anyone ever walked the Meseta in March/April? I was thinking of going back the last week of March/first week of April during the kids' Spring Break but didn't know if the weather would be too risky. I know that with the elevations during the first and last part of the CF that it can be snowy, but didn't know if that'd be a risk through the Meseta as well. Any advice and/or experience? TIA! :)
 

jefferyonthecamino

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Camino Francés (1994)
Camino Francés (2013 - 2019)
Camino Portugués (2015 - 2019)
Camino de Madrid
cold in the morning, sunny and nice all day, cold in the evening, no snow, maybe some rain
perfect time to walk it
in theory
 

Tincatinker

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Has anyone ever walked the Meseta in March/April? I was thinking of going back the last week of March/first week of April during the kids' Spring Break but didn't know if the weather would be too risky. I know that with the elevations during the first and last part of the CF that it can be snowy, but didn't know if that'd be a risk through the Meseta as well. Any advice and/or experience? TIA! :)
My most recent schlep across the Meseta at that time of year was a classic of “follow the pilgrim in front”. Lots of pilgrims and an assortment of weather. My umbrella came in handy. On a previous, started All Fools Day from StJdP (well, you would if you could 😉) and roasted nicely during the day. Froze at night as temperatures plummeted. Go prepared for 4 seasons and hope for Spring 😀
 

biarritzdon

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Totally agree with Tincatinker and Jeffery. I house sat for Reb and Paddy in Moratinos several years ago for the month of March.
It is crisp in the morning and stone cold at night. There was some rain and a few snow flurries, but all in all the day time temperatures are perfect for walking. The pilgrims I saw were few and far between with the exception many hearty groups of Koreans. That time of year the 2 albergues and the lone restaurant in Moratinos are closed for the season, that is one thing you may want to consider in planning your stages.
 

Malachiuri

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St Jean to Burgos '17
St Jean to Fisterra '18
St Jean to Fisterra '20
Portuguese '20
Norte '21
In 2018 it was fantastic. We were there in Late March. Not a lot of rain, good chilly mornings with enough sun in the afternoon to let laundry dry outside.

I enjoy cooler weather for trekking so it was perfect for me!

Ultreia!

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SabineP

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Totally agree with Tincatinker and Jeffery. I house sat for Reb and Paddy in Moratinos several years ago for the month of March.
It is crisp in the morning and stone cold at night. There was some rain and a few snow flurries, but all in all the day time temperatures are perfect for walking. The pilgrims I saw were few and far between with the exception many hearty groups of Koreans. That time of year the 2 albergues and the lone restaurant in Moratinos are closed for the season, that is one thing you may want to consider in planning your stages.

I was there that week! Some horrid hail too. But fun!
 

Simon B

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Camino Ingles and Camino Frances. VDLP Spring 2019
Has anyone ever walked the Meseta in March/April? I was thinking of going back the last week of March/first week of April during the kids' Spring Break but didn't know if the weather would be too risky. I know that with the elevations during the first and last part of the CF that it can be snowy, but didn't know if that'd be a risk through the Meseta as well. Any advice and/or experience? TIA! :)
I walked the meseat in March a couple of years ago and it was fine. Problem is that you can never predict the weather.
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
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Le Puy - León, Camino Frances (2012 - 2019)
In late April this year (24th - 25th) there was snow, rain and hail between Burgos and Hontana. Then it brightened up and the days became warm and sunny. This part of Spain is 3000+ feet above sea level, so be prepared for chilly nights and early mornings, followed by a 20 degree (Celsius) increase in temperature in 3 hours - layering is the key!
Seriously, as many previous posters have said, the weather is unpredictable. Personally, I wouldn't go in March but, if you don't mind a bit of cold and rain, go ahead.
 

c0484

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013
Has anyone ever walked the Meseta in March/April? I was thinking of going back the last week of March/first week of April during the kids' Spring Break but didn't know if the weather would be too risky. I know that with the elevations during the first and last part of the CF that it can be snowy, but didn't know if that'd be a risk through the Meseta as well. Any advice and/or experience? TIA! :)
I have hiked the Meseta then. Sometimes there is no rain and sometimes the rain does not stop. You just have to take whatever comes.
 
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Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route.
Exactly what c0484 said, "You just have to take whatever comes" on the Camino in the Spring.
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
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Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
We walked the Meseta in march and April and that year was extremely wet lot's of rain and mud which made it hard walking. The weather is not the same every year. You have to take your chances. I will do it again at that time of year because I like cooler weather and the beds are plentiful.
 

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