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One of the most beautiful stages of the Camino Frances

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Yes, it is very beautiful! Both times I walked it I had perfect weather...sunshine and coolish/warm temperatures in early May. Thanks for refreshing my memories with your pictures.
 

Leon RSA

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Aug 2019
Yes, it is very beautiful! Both times I walked it I had perfect weather...sunshine and coolish/warm temperatures in early May. Thanks for refreshing my memories with your pictures.
Having said it is a beautiful stage, so is most of the route. Glad it triggered good old memories
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Thank you so much for this, @Leon RSA. I had to taxi this stage - because of various reasons - so it is delightful to read some of what I missed, plus some of your interactions with fellow pilgrims. Actually, the taxi dropped me off at Albergue la Escuela in Laguna, where we were booked for the night and which you mentioned had been your intended accommodation. I spent several delightful hours in that little village watching the resident dogs vying for their self-determined turf supremacy, and keeping out of the way of cattle farmers going through the one narrow street taking their charges to pasture, all the while watching out for my camino companions who were trekking up the hill.

I will never forget the sight - and thunder! - of the cattle charging off the road down the steep, narrow path which was obviously familiar to them. I thanked my lucky stars I hadn’t decided to go exploring that trail and been met by them barrelling their way down that narrow path.

Dessert at Albergue la Escuela. I've forgotten the name of that delicious cheese, but it's a specialty of the area.
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Cayou

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 Villafranca to SdC 2016 St Jean to LosArcos 2018 Leon to SdC 2019 Le Puy to Conques
The first 10K not so fun, unless you like guardrails and highways .... the balance is wonderful.
 

Camineiro

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
several
The first 10K not so fun, unless you like guardrails and highways .... the balance is wonderful.
Hi Cayou,

next time try the camino duro, which turns off to the right shortly after passing the bridge in Villafranca. A short steep ascent and you will be high above the valley, guardrails and highways.
Very beautiful alternative.

Just continue climbing the ramp on the right side.

It will rejoin the camino frances in the village of Trabadelo.
 

Icacos

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Hi Cayou,

next time try the camino duro, which turns off to the right shortly after passing the bridge in Villafranca. A short steep ascent and you will be high above the valley, guardrails and highways.
Very beautiful alternative.

Just continue climbing the ramp on the right side.

It will rejoin the camino frances in the village of Trabadelo.
😊 Looking now at Brierley’s, that’s the route I had planned to try if I had been able to walk.
 

Cayou

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015 Villafranca to SdC 2016 St Jean to LosArcos 2018 Leon to SdC 2019 Le Puy to Conques
Hi Cayou,

next time try the camino duro, which turns off to the right shortly after passing the bridge in Villafranca. A short steep ascent and you will be high above the valley, guardrails and highways.
Very beautiful alternative.

Just continue climbing the ramp on the right side.

It will rejoin the camino frances in the village of Trabadelo.
We actually walked up it for about 1/2k the night before. Absolutely on our list!
 

Leon RSA

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Aug 2019
Hi Cayou,

next time try the camino duro, which turns off to the right shortly after passing the bridge in Villafranca. A short steep ascent and you will be high above the valley, guardrails and highways.
Very beautiful alternative.

Just continue climbing the ramp on the right side.

It will rejoin the camino frances in the village of Trabadelo.
If you look in the top left hand corner on page 1 of my attached document, you will see a hyperlink called "Route". Click on that and you can see on Google Maps the route I followed, .

Not too sure if that is the same route you referred to
Camineiro, but I loved the walk and enjoyed the scenery very much.
 

JudeD

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago "2016"
SJPP to Burgos "2017" Burgos to Hornillos "2018" SJPP to Finisterre "2019
Thank you, lovely memories. I was there on the 17th August (49th wedding anniversary) last year and they were preparing St Maria church for a wedding later that afternoon so I lit a big fat red candle for my dear husband RIP20190817_101536.jpg20190817_101904.jpg
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
For me personally, the walk from Hornillos del Camino to Hontanas, with a coffee/beer break there, then San Anton, where there has been an outdoor cafe in recent years, and then on to Castrojeriz and the end of the day, enjoying the views over the valley with some refreshments in (another) outside cafe, is a highlight day for me.
 
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Harland2019

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April/May "2019"
I have tried to decide upon my favourite day but having reviewed them all it has proved impossible. However I have been able to decide upon my favourite overnight stays, whilst some of the large cities have wonderful cathedrals to visit my favourite two were Calzadilla de la Cueza for being able to sit and watch the sun go down in peace and quiet and O Cebreiro for the views.
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, LePuy, Rota Vicentina, Norte, Madrid, C2C, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés, Inglés
my favourite two were Calzadilla de la Cueza for being able to sit and watch the sun go down in peace
Wow! It's one of my favourite places too. There is absolutely nothing there . . . . but every time I go through something memorable happens . . .
 

Leon RSA

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - Aug 2019
Thank you, lovely memories. I was there on the 17th August (49th wedding anniversary) last year and they were preparing St Maria church for a wedding later that afternoon so I lit a big fat red candle for my dear husband RIPView attachment 81708View attachment 81710
What a peacful and relaxing way to sit down with your momories of a lifetime shared with him. God bless you.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Beautiful/favorite days on the Camino Frances...
At least 10 come immediately to mind for their own delicious reasons. Like with one's children, you can't choose.

What I can say is that on any camino, my favorite day is the first one, and my least favorite day is the last one, no matter how beautiful they are or aren't.
 

Lexicos

Jim
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
2017
Camino Portuguese 2019
For me personally, the walk from Hornillos del Camino to Hontanas, with a coffee/beer break there, then San Anton, where there has been an outdoor cafe in recent years, and then on to Castrojeriz and the end of the day, enjoying the views over the valley with some refreshments in (another) outside cafe, is a highlight day for me.
How on earth do you get to do so many Caminos??
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC

LesR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017, 2018; Camino Portuguese 2019
Hi Cayou,

next time try the camino duro, which turns off to the right shortly after passing the bridge in Villafranca. A short steep ascent and you will be high above the valley, guardrails and highways.
Very beautiful alternative.

Just continue climbing the ramp on the right side.

It will rejoin the camino frances in the village of Trabadelo.
i took that route in 2018 - the hardest day in three caminos.... and I loved it!
 

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