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Hi, I'm planning to walk the French way this 3 weeks later.

I heard there is a certificate that I walked.
Also I heard more than a hundred kilos will do.
My purpose of walking is not the certificate, but I want get it if I can.
Is it possible if I walk from Leon to santiago?
Is there a place I can be checked I'm starting to walk in Leon?
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Hi scottieo,
Yes, if you walk the last 100km into Santiago you are able to get either a compostela or a certificate. To get one, you go to the Pilgrim Office near the Cathedral in Santiago. They get you to fill in some details, and you have to state whether your pilgrimage was for religious reasons, religious and other reasons, or non-religious reasons. If you state that you had some religious reasons, you receive a compostela, otherwise you receive a certificate.

When you arrive in Leon you will need to obtain a credential, which is a kind of 'pilgrim passport' that allows you to stay in the pilgrim albergues etc. There were many people starting in Leon when I did my pilgrimage, and they obtained their credentials from the albergue. Each day when you walk, you can get stamps on your credential, mainly from the places you are staying, and at the end these help show the people in the Pilgrim Office that you have walked at least the last 100km.

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