Solo female walking first stage of camino frances in september | Camino de Santiago Forum
Camino Guides (for sale) | Camino Guides made by pilgrims


By Signing up to the forum (free) you will be able to:

-- Ask any Camino related question you might have
-- Participate in the camino conversation on this forum
-- Get an weekly e-mail (Saturdays) with the most popular topics from the last 7 days
-- Be able to download pdf's and other Camino Resources
Sign
Weekly forum email Daily forum email Luggage Storage in Santiago de Compostela
Search 30 000 Camino Questions right here... your question might have been asked before
Dismiss Notice
Have a question you would like to ask? Here is how you do it!

Solo female walking first stage of camino frances in september

Discussion in 'Personal Safety' started by Travel_lover, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Travel_lover

    Travel_lover New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino portugues (7 days)
    Hello! I have a free week in september and i was wondering how safe it is for me to walk the first stage of the camino frances alone? I'm 21. Is it very busy in september? My parents are a little concerned for me.
    I recently did some of the camino portuges with my cousin and i loved it!
    Thanks!
     
    David and HedaP like this.
  2. Rick M

    Rick M Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2015
    Messages:
    177
    Likes Received:
    655
    Location:
    Vancouver, Canada
    Camino(s) past & future:
    April ('16,'18)
    It will be very busy on the Frances in September, there is no risk of you finding yourself alone, unless you want to be. The vast majority of pilgrims are very nice people, like you, who look out for one another. Many pilgrims are single female walkers, and they especially tend to clump into groups. Like anywhere else, be aware of your surroundings and don't do anything foolish, but I would not hesitate to send my 21 year old daughter off on the Frances. Its a lot safer than the neighborhood she lives in now!

    Buen Camino
     
    David, nycwalking and HedaP like this.
  3. Glenshiro

    Glenshiro Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Kent, UK
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Le Puy - Los Arcos, Camino Frances (2012 - 2017)
    I have met lots of single female walkers (the youngest was 19) on the Camino, all enjoying themselves in a very safe and mutually supportive setting. I agree with Rick M that many of them tend to congregate into groups, but not all. Those who choose to walk alone know that there's usually another walker within hailing distance (often a lot closer than that!) and that they'll meet other women on their own in the albergues.
    Towns are, statistically, less safe than the countryside, but even in places like Pamplona there are loads of other peregrinas.
    And the walk over the Pyrenees from SJPdP will stay with you for the rest of your life. Go for it - you won't regret it.
     
    David and HedaP like this.
  4. Peter Fransiscus

    Peter Fransiscus Veteran Member Donating Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2014
    Messages:
    3,227
    Likes Received:
    4,986
    Location:
    Zwijndrecht , Netherlands
    Camino(s) past & future:
    All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
    Hi, my wife walked also alone in September from SJPdP to Santiago.
    She walked alone but was never alone there where always other Pilgrims in sight .

    Wish you a wonderful time and a Buen Camino ,Peter.
     
    David likes this.
  5. Walking Lover

    Walking Lover New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2016
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    5
    Camino(s) past & future:
    CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
    We did the Frances in '16 and the Portuguese in July, '17. I highly recommend that no female go this alone or at the least, join a group in the beginning and hang with them. Multiple times on the Portuguese, men exposed themselves to women who were walking alone. Last year, we had an eerie experience between Rabanal and Molineseca. Don't go it alone. On a post last week, someone talked about the increased presence of patrols on the Camino. I doubt this was done for no other reason than to offset any criminality that is developing.
     
  6. Levi

    Levi Member Donating Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2015
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    230
    Location:
    Ireland
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Frances 2015
    VDLP 2016
    Portuguese March 2017
    Sanabres September 2017
    There are many women who walk alone - I am one of them. If I had taken advice to 'not walk alone' my life would be much poorer. Yes, there are risks everywhere ( including at home ) but we cannot allow fear to rule our lives. Don't be afraid. Enjoy your camino.
     
    David, Jukimmy and mspath like this.
  7. Sheemill

    Sheemill New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Frances (2017)
    Hi, I am doing the Frances right now, and just arrived in Burgos. For the way up to now I have felt very safe as a solo female walker.

    The exception is if you take the alternative route into Burgos, as described in the "Outdoor" Frances guide. Even though it is marked with yellow arrows they are more sparse, and once you reach the factory the wilderness is very isolated. There were quite a few scetchy old men along this route, one of them was nude and doing unmentionable things. Another one I noticed was following me. I would NEVER recommend doing this route. The suburbs may be boring, but at least you are safe!

    Other than that adventure, it's been great! Buen Camino!
     
    David likes this.
  8. MTtoCamino

    MTtoCamino Veteran Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    1,515
    Likes Received:
    2,204
    Location:
    Missoula Mt
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Francis SJPdP to Finnestere April(2014)
    You will be fine I would suggest you openly communicate with those around you & how many others will be very open to talking. It does not take long to soon have walking companions. The youngest I met were 2 17 year olds 1 from California US & 1 from Germany both female & made their way alone to SJPDP. It did not take long for folks to keep an eye out for them & include them. If you have concerns simply communicate.
    Buen Camino
     

Share This Page

This site is run by Ivar at
Casa Ivar
in Santiago de Compostela