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Off the beat tracks, alone with myself

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Manon_Tatjana

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Primitivo
Hello community,

I'm looking for a pilgrim trail that is completely off the beaten path where I can truly be alone in nature and with myself. It should be somewhere in July in Europe and take roughly 3 weeks. Can also be Eastern or Northern Europe.

I'd also prefer to camp instead of sleeping in the auberges. Is that possible anywhere?

Can anyone recommend anything?

Grateful for any tip!

Have a wonderful day
Manon
 
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timr

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
@Manon_Tatjana Walking off season will help. I walked Camino de Madrid and met very very few people (ie other walkers) walking in May and November. But I met lots of local people. ;) French section of Via Francigena - very few. Francigena del Sud from Rome to Brindisi, less again. Via Egnatia Dürres to Thessaloniki less again.....
 
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OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese,Frances,Norte,Salvador/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
Your description fits my camino de Invierno. Ist half of May 2018. I didn’t really see other pilgrims. Once (overtaken by 2 peregrinos with a ‘hi’) but saw no others. Not even at close of day. I enjoyed it completely as I was ready for one like that -/ but / it can be just a timing thing.
With the Invierno ., you still finish in Santiago de Compostela and you can even make it longer by adding Finisterre muxia at the end or Camino Madrid before (which was my combo )

Or you could choose to start the Via de la plata from Sevilla or Mérida. You can choose to be alone as much as you want if you’re not walking peak time on that one.

For my future - I keep looking at possibly walking a part of Via Regia in Germany for a week to check it out but no definite plans - I’ve read many reports (in particular by @SYates onthe forum here) . She has notes starting from Görlitz just inside Germany on border of Poland.

Good luck
Would love to hear what your end plan is.

Annie
 

Karl Oz

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Portuguese
Aragones
Sanabres
Piamonte
Elizabethpfad
The Aragones is worth considering, especially if you start in Oloron St Marie. But not in high summer.
 

Colette Z

Happy Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
CF- Finisterre-Muxia 03/17; Camino SK 10/17; Norte 03/18; Ingles 11/18; Augusta 03/19
Camino in Slovakia....google it and if you need more info PM me.
 

Aglass

Andrew
Camino(s) past & future
Walked el Camino Frances in 2003. Did the Primitivo in August 13 and Ruta lebaniega in July 14. Summer 2016 - Camino del Salvador.
One day: Ruta de la Plata into the Sanabres, maybe part of the Norte, and perhaps the Olvidado.
Camino Olvidado - Bilbao to Ponferrada, 500km, 20 days +/-. From all I've read unlikely to meet more than one or two pilgrims in the time
 

AllanHG

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino France 2015
Camino Portuguese 2017
Hello community,

I'm looking for a pilgrim trail that is completely off the beaten path where I can truly be alone in nature and with myself. It should be somewhere in July in Europe and take roughly 3 weeks. Can also be Eastern or Northern Europe.

I'd also prefer to camp instead of sleeping in the auberges. Is that possible anywhere?

Can anyone recommend anything?

Grateful for any tip!

Have a wonderful day
Manon
You could try St.Olav’s Way From sundsvall to Trondheim (guide books available in English). I went last August with a friend and we met 5 or 6 other pilgrims. We didn’t camp but stayed in some pretty primitive pilgrim shelters and hunting cabins (as well as people’s homes and small “albergues”).
It was a great walk and friendly and helpful people along the way.
The have a Facebook page if you want to check it out too,
Good luck!
 

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