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sopranocorry

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We are planning to visit Les Chemi s du Mont Saint-Michel in the summer of 2022.
I have just come across this beautiful picture book ‘pilgrimage - Derry Brabbs) that mentions pilgrim routes of Britain and Europe and writes about the 330 or 160 km route to Saint-Michel. Little did I know about that, as we have only done the Coastal Portuguese route to Santiago de Compostela. I am just wondering ….
- has anyone ever walked this or part of the route?
- would we be able to present our credentials for signing anywhere or at the end? Use the same document from our previous camino then?
- Any suggestions or advice or info about Mont Saint-Michel?
Would be much obliged to receive any input or information from other members.
Looking forward to our trip! Best wishes to you all from Corry snd Guido from Australia
 
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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
For more information on the camino starting from Mont Saint Michel and passing through Rennes see this link.
You can get your Pilgrim Credential stamped at the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel. The view from the Abbey out over the bay is unforgetable
This web also is impressive. Happy research!

 
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OZAJ

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Mozarabe/VdlP/Sanabres (2008) Norte (2009) Vezelay/Frances/Salvador/Primitivo (2010) etc.
We are planning to visit Les Chemi s du Mont Saint-Michel in the summer of 2022.
I have just come across this beautiful picture book ‘pilgrimage - Derry Brabbs) that mentions pilgrim routes of Britain and Europe and writes about the 330 or 160 km route to Saint-Michel. Little did I know about that, as we have only done the Coastal Portuguese route to Santiago de Compostela. I am just wondering ….
- has anyone ever walked this or part of the route?
- would we be able to present our credentials for signing anywhere or at the end? Use the same document from our previous camino then?
- Any suggestions or advice or info about Mont Saint-Michel?
Would be much obliged to receive any input or information from other members.
Looking forward to our trip! Best wishes to you all from Corry snd Guido from Australia
You don't say where you want to start or finish. It is possible to walk routes from England, through Mont St Michel down the cost of France(Voie Lottorale) joining the Camino del Norte then Olvidado and on to Santiago. I did this in 2013, starting from Winchester. 1900 km, 79 days.
 

roving_rufus

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Frances (2013-2015) Portugues (2017-2019) Via Francigena (2018-??) Camino from Ireland (2020-??)
There is a significant revival of the paths to Mont St Michel, with waymarking, a credential (carnet de miquelot) to get stamped and a certificate. I am planning on using the route from cherbourg to Mont St Michel next year and then continuing onward to Santiago
The website is useful but best used in the French version as not all sections are available in English (for some reason the accommodation section is missing). But there are accommodation lists, google maps od route and gpx downloads https://www.lescheminsdumontsaintmichel.com/spip/spip.php?lang=fr
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Past OR future Camino
2019
If you “closed” your credential by receiving your Compostela in Santiago, you need to obtain a new one for future Caminos - this is true for any route you may walk.

There is a pilgrim albergue in MSM, but definitely replan that as space is limited and it does not always accept travelers. Other accommodations exist there, but can be pricey. As in the rest of France, gites generally should be contacted the day before arriving so they know to expect you.

MSM is phenomenal, especially the mid-day Mass. definitely stay a night there to appreciate the post-tourist crowd vibe and to witness the tidal flooding.
 
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Frances 2015;
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The impressive Abbey and its views are stunning and unforgetable. Unfortunately the crowds on a hot day in July were unforgetable as well.
 

kelleymac

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March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I visited in 1990, on a summer's day, and it was packed with tourists. Happily, my mother and I had booked a room on the island and as evening fell, the majority of tourists left and I was on my own to watch the tide swirl in. Stay the night, watch the tide, have a great meal!
 

Felicia V

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Camino Portuguese 2017 Porto to SdC
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As others have said…. Do your best to stay over. Tourist crowds gone….I still remember hearing my own footsteps as I walked in the night. BUT…..places to stay extremely limited. Book well in advance
 

Felicia V

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I know it’s veering off topic, but I spotted this plaque on an old church in Brittany, two years before I knew I would be walking a Camino. This was about a week after I stayed in Mt St Michel……I was drawn
 

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You don't say where you want to start or finish. It is possible to walk routes from England, through Mont St Michel down the cost of France(Voie Lottorale) joining the Camino del Norte then Olvidado and on to Santiago. I did this in 2013, starting from Winchester. 1900 km, 79 days.
Hello Ozaj. I am thinking of doing Winchester, Mont St Michel, Norte, SdC in 2022. Any advice would be welcome, especially accommodation and costs on the Pilgrim Way to Canterbury.
 

Mary Paterson

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We are walking the "voie de capitales" from mont st michel to santiago. We are the slowest pilgrims only able to do four days a year at the moment ....but taking each beautiful step at at time.
We are planning to visit Les Chemi s du Mont Saint-Michel in the summer of 2022.
I have just come across this beautiful picture book ‘pilgrimage - Derry Brabbs) that mentions pilgrim routes of Britain and Europe and writes about the 330 or 160 km route to Saint-Michel. Little did I know about that, as we have only done the Coastal Portuguese route to Santiago de Compostela. I am just wondering ….
- has anyone ever walked this or part of the route?
- would we be able to present our credentials for signing anywhere or at the end? Use the same document from our previous camino then?
- Any suggestions or advice or info about Mont Saint-Michel?
Would be much obliged to receive any input or information from other members.
Looking forward to our trip! Best wishes to you all from Corry snd Guido from Australia
Dear Corry and Guido,
Four of us began our Pilgrimage in Mont St Michel in 2011. We have walked for one week every year, beginning with a first walk from Mont St Michel to Antrain using the Amis de St Jacques en Bretagne guide as far as St Jean D' Angely.
It was a little difficult then, because the guide was in French. My husband and I had just enough understanding to translate each walk. I notice someone has put on a super link for the Chemins de Mont St Michel.
We walked from Mont St Michel to Nantes via Rennes, Nantes to Bordeaux, Bordeaux to Dax, Dax to SJDPP. We arrived in Burgos in September.
We truly are .. we four...the slowest pilgrims, and have loved every minute of it!
Good luck and Buen Camino!
Mary P and family

We are planning to visit Les Chemi s du Mont Saint-Michel in the summer of 2022.
I have just come across this beautiful picture book ‘pilgrimage - Derry Brabbs) that mentions pilgrim routes of Britain and Europe and writes about the 330 or 160 km route to Saint-Michel. Little did I know about that, as we have only done the Coastal Portuguese route to Santiago de Compostela. I am just wondering ….
- has anyone ever walked this or part of the route?
- would we be able to present our credentials for signing anywhere or at the end? Use the same document from our previous camino then?
- Any suggestions or advice or info about Mont Saint-Michel?
Would be much obliged to receive any input or information from other members.
Looking forward to our trip! Best wishes to you all from Corry snd Guido from Australia
 

sopranocorry

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CP 2019
You don't say where you want to start or finish. It is possible to walk routes from England, through Mont St Michel down the cost of France(Voie Lottorale) joining the Camino del Norte then Olvidado and on to Santiago. I did this in 2013, starting from Winchester. 1900 km, 79 days.
Thank you Ozay! Indeed I did not say about our start finish as I had not planned nor even thought about a further camino. Our trip planning includes Iceland, UK, Netherlands as well as Normandy and Belgium from Australia. I had merely planned to include MSM as a place I had never visited that was on our bucket list, not even thinking about walking or a camino.
We have booked a week accommodation at Cromel, about 20 km from MSM. We will be exploring and walking, it will on this occasion not be a full camino. It will also be in touristy summer season but I am sure we will still enjoy it.
 

OZAJ

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Hello Ozaj. I am thinking of doing Winchester, Mont St Michel, Norte, SdC in 2022. Any advice would be welcome, especially accommodation and costs on the Pilgrim Way to Canterbury.
I didn't go via Canterbury. From Winchester I followed the Pilgrim Trail to Portsmouth. PM me your email address and I'll send you more info
 
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sopranocorry

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There is a significant revival of the paths to Mont St Michel, with waymarking, a credential (carnet de miquelot) to get stamped and a certificate. I am planning on using the route from cherbourg to Mont St Michel next year and then continuing onward to Santiago
The website is useful but best used in the French version as not all sections are available in English (for some reason the accommodation section is missing). But there are accommodation lists, google maps od route and gpx downloads https://www.lescheminsdumontsaintmichel.com/spip/spip.php?lang=fr
Roving Rufus … That sounds absolutely Devine -I almost wish our trip could have included the trip from Cherbourg, to Mont Saint Michel and on to Santiago de Compostela. How long would you think this will take? That trip would be more than 1750 km at a guess … that is unimaginable! Would love to hear about your preparation and timing. What a trip!
 
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Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
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2019
I can highly recommend the Appletree Hill Gites located in Saint Mar des Bois on the Chemin de Saint Michel between Caen and Mont Saint Michel! Ran by a lovely British couple, they have accommodations from a simple but lovely “Pilgrim’s room” to a standalone one bedroom building to a three bedroom house. The Camino literally runs by their front gate. About 50km from Michel.

Contact at:
appletreehillgites.fr
 

sopranocorry

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I can highly recommend the Appletree Hill Gites located in Saint Mar des Bois on the Chemin de Saint Michel between Caen and Mont Saint Michel! Ran by a lovely British couple, they have accommodations from a simple but lovely “Pilgrim’s room” to a standalone one bedroom building to a three bedroom house. The Camino literally runs by their front gate. About 50km from Michel.

Contact at:
appletreehillgites.fr
vacajoe - I love your quote: traded in my workboots for hiking boots. Well done you mate!
Thank you for information about Appletree hill gites We will surely check this out. Thank you.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
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2019
vacajoe - I love your quote: traded in my workboots for hiking boots. Well done you mate!
Thank you for information about Appletree hill gites We will surely check this out. Thank you.
It’s been four years since retirement and I just keep walking! 😂. The Apple Tree gite is beyond lovely (I am here now, actually! Stayed an extra night because it was so lovely and plan to come back on a proper holiday to rent the one bedroom house). Buen Camino to you.
 

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