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Only 14 days to walk on the Norte (sadly) - which section would you recommend?

gvmelissa

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Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP - SdC 2014
Porto - SdC 2016
Norte - 2018
Ing/Fin/Sdc 2019
We were planning on 4 weeks to walk the Norte, starting in Bilbao 14th of May, 2018. Something has come up and we now only have about 14 days to walk. We'll be flying into Bilbao and back out again from there. Debating a couple of options. One would be to bus to Irun and walk for 14 days then bus back to Bilbao. The other would be to bus ahead to somewhere, walk 14 days and then bus back to Bilbao.

I wish we could walk it all this time, but it's just not in the cards. What section(s) would you walk if you had limited time?
 
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dgallen

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (6), Primitivo(3), Finisterre/Muxia (3), Aragones, Norte, Portuguese, Camino del Rey
Agree with Primitivo 1000% Perfect amount of days to get to SDC and even time to spend a day in the excellent Oviedo. I did like the first 14 days on the Norte from Irun, but moving on to the Primitivo was a relevation.
 
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We were planning on 4 weeks to walk the Norte, starting in Bilbao 14th of May, 2018. Something has come up and we now only have about 14 days to walk. We'll be flying into Bilbao and back out again from there. Debating a couple of options. One would be to bus to Irun and walk for 14 days then bus back to Bilbao. The other would be to bus ahead to somewhere, walk 14 days and then bus back to Bilbao.

I wish we could walk it all this time, but it's just not in the cards. What section(s) would you walk if you had limited time?

Hard question. My opinion start at start of Norte in Irún 7 days to Bilbao and then to Santander in 5 days. Easy bus back to Bilbao. You can always start again in Santander to Santiago buen Camino
 

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
I arrived (day 6) yesterday in Bilbao. Good weather but Irun to Bilbao is very demanding lots of deep thick mud the width of the path everyday so far and very challenging ascents and descent (I’m in good shape at 60 and able to our climb the kids) so not sure you want that 6 Day challenge without the following couple more weeks to enjoy just walking. Buen camino El Norte is so beautifully different from el Frances.
 

scubajunky

Active Member
Is there much foot traffic on the Norte at this time of year? I'm considering it but don't really want to walk alone?
 

Lirsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
By the middle of May, it has to be OK. I would say that between Easter and November it is Ok at ant time.
 

Antonius Vaessen

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Camino(s) past & future
2015-2016 VdlPlata - Sanabres
2016.Primitivo
2017 Salvador
2018 Norte (to Sobrado)
2019 Norte again
Two years ago I walked the Primitivo. It was wonderful. I can imagine that one of the charms of walking the Norte is the combination of mountains/landviews with views on and walks along the sea. On the Primitivo you won't see the sea.
This year I will walk the Norte with my wife who will walk only two weeks, she likes the sea. That's why the answers to this thread interest me. Perhaps the first week from Irun to Bilbao is to difficult for her. I will stay 3 or 4 weeks longer so I could travel back to Irun from Bilbao ( from where my wife flies home) and do this stretch by myself.
 

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