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questions about going to North route from Arles route (+whet

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how are you guys,

Im planning to go Arles route this end of the May,
I want to know the whether! Is it hot? Is it chill? raining a lot?
I have no idea with my clothes.

Also, after finish Arles route, I want to continue to north route in spain, not france route in spain,
How can I change the route by foot?

Im thinking about going to
Oloron ste-Marie
Mauleon Licharre
then going to San sebastian. Is it possible?
If it does, How long does usually take from Pamplona to San sebastian?

Thank you and Thank you, :lol:


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Hello Klee513!

Interesting alternative!
I cannot help you on this, but can tell you about some other possibilities:

- Saint-Jean to Bayonne via the "voie de la Nive" (the other way around, I think, normally people start in Bayonne, but you should check it)

- Saint-Jean to Hendaye via small roads and paths ("Gérard du camino" wrote a small guide in French for that alternative), that is the way I chose last year

- Pamplona to Bayonne via the "voie du Baztan" (this would mean to follow this way and its waymarking the other way around and, just some km before arriving at Bayonne, to join the Norte; this would mean as well to cross the Pyrenees and to re-cross them another time...)

- Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Irun or san Sebastian via the Tunnel Road - also waymarked the other way around

- or Burgos to Irun or San Sebastian via the Via de Bayonna/Tunnel Road (waymarking idem, but in 2010 not always easy to follow even in the "right" direction)

Very frankly, last year I wanted to join Roncesvalles from Saint Jean and from there follow the GR11 to join Irun on the Norte but after some conversations with other pilgrims from the region, I decided for the Saint Jean - Hendaye alternative. And was quite happy with it. (I had not done the Way from Arles but the Piemont Way arriving as well in Oloron and continuing to Saint Jean via Mauléon and Saint Just)

A map might be useful if you decide to follow a way "against" the direction of its waymarking.

Buen camino, whatever way you will take!

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