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Hansel

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Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
This thread may have been covered before,
Looking at starring from home,Ayrshire in Scotland,not walking,there would be way too much road walking involved.
But cycling to Santiago,would I be able to find anywhere in the UK to stamp a compostella?
Thanks Bill
 

NorthernLight

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Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
It doesn’t have to be a special stamp. Lot’s of businesses have some sort. The Royal Mail’s local offices would suffice.
 

wayfarer

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SJPP-Santiago-Finistera-Muxia. April/May 2012
Sarria-Santiago Sept. 2013
SJPP - Almost Orrison April 2014
Your local church should be able to stamp it for you.
Buen Camino.
 

Jeff Crawley

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Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
If you're passing through Canterbury then the cathedral has this one:

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Copied from a floor tile in an nearby leper hospital/church.

I collected some good ones on my way from Canterbury to Dover - most parish churches have a stamp - and then lost my passports (UK and Camino) on the way home :(

And it's the Credential you get stamped - you don't get the Compostela until Santiago! ;)
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
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First: Camino Francés 1999
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Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

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This thread may have been covered before,
Looking at starring from home,Ayrshire in Scotland,not walking,there would be way too much road walking involved.
But cycling to Santiago,would I be able to find anywhere in the UK to stamp a compostella?
Thanks Bill
I wouldn't be so sure about the road walking, there are a lot of splendid walking trails in Scotland and England available! Stamps are available pretty much anywhere, for example, try the post offices (no joke!).
BC SY

PS The Compostela is what you get at the end, in Santiago, the pilgrim's passport is called a credential in Spanish - Hair splitting German here, sorry ...
 

Mary Doll

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Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
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Possibly council offices, registry office, tourist offices.
 
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Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Possibly council offices, registry office, tourist offices.
The police, museums, libraries, solicitors... old fashioned shops, and pubs. I tried a few places en route from Bray to Dublin and it was quite funny to see the reaction from some people, it may have been the last century when the stamp was last used!
 

mmmmartin

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Santander-SdC bici '14
Plata bici '17
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(Porto a pie '19)
If push comes to shove you could take a picture of yourself by a village sign to show you were there. The pilgrim office staff last October accepted a photo of a couple by the Sarria town sign as proof that they were there, and that Sarria was where they had started from. They also had the necessary two stamps for each day during the final 100k in the credentias so they were awarded the compostela.
 
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nedspencer

They gave me this T-shirt to stop me singing!
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May 2013 - Camino Frances.
Sep 2015 - Del Norte from Santander
Sep 2017 - Ingles from Ferrol
Might be an idea to contact your local group - see www.csj.org.uk
 

jl

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Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
When I walked in the UK (apart from Canterbury to Dover) stamps were few and far between. Even in Southwark Cathedral I had to chase up a number of people in order to get a stamp. Further North from London I found them even harder to obtain. I got some very strange looks from people at times. Granted, that was 5 years or more ago now so things may have changed. I did get a sticker from the Rochester Cathedral - one they give the children, the priest used lateral thinking for that one!
 

Hansel

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Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
Thanks for all replies,glad I'm not setting off today,yes I realised I had credential mixed up with compostella, too much practice with the vino tinto,;)
 

Mary Doll

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
Thanks Mary how are you getting on with planning your Camino?
Hi Bill
17 weeks till I start walking on 7 June. I’ve booked my first few nights as far as Zubiri and will take each day as it comes after that and stop wherever I feel like it. I retire from work in 11 weeks so nothing to rush home for. I plan to do Finisterre/Muxia circuit if I’m not sick of walking by the time I get to Santiago and then have a couple of weeks travelling. At the gym Monday to Saturday and doing mixture of weights, cardio and core work. Walking once or twice a week at the moment. Will get easier when the weather gets better and the nights get lighter.
When are you planning to start your cycle?
Marie
 

Mycroft

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Hi Bill
17 weeks till I start walking on 7 June. I’ve booked my first few nights as far as Zubiri and will take each day as it comes after that and stop wherever I feel like it. I retire from work in 11 weeks so nothing to rush home for. I plan to do Finisterre/Muxia circuit if I’m not sick of walking by the time I get to Santiago and then have a couple of weeks travelling. At the gym Monday to Saturday and doing mixture of weights, cardio and core work. Walking once or twice a week at the moment. Will get easier when the weather gets better and the nights get lighter.
When are you planning to start your cycle?
Marie
I am excited for you, Mary, on both counts--retiring and pilgrimaging, all in a matter of weeks!
 

Hansel

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Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
Hi Bill
17 weeks till I start walking on 7 June. I’ve booked my first few nights as far as Zubiri and will take each day as it comes after that and stop wherever I feel like it. I retire from work in 11 weeks so nothing to rush home for. I plan to do Finisterre/Muxia circuit if I’m not sick of walking by the time I get to Santiago and then have a couple of weeks travelling. At the gym Monday to Saturday and doing mixture of weights, cardio and core work. Walking once or twice a week at the moment. Will get easier when the weather gets better and the nights get lighter.
When are you planning to start your cycle?
Marie
Hi Marie, all sounds good,I am hoping to leave at the beginning of April,weather dependant,and cycle to Santiago,then down to Fatima,and start volunteering at a small family organic farm near Lisbon.
I have written it here,so it's happening!
I also have Ryanair tickets for Porto in June,which was my original plan,and finish the Portuguese cahmino, but yolo,
Bill
 

Mary Doll

Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
Hi Marie, all sounds good,I am hoping to leave at the beginning of April,weather dependant,and cycle to Santiago,then down to Fatima,and start volunteering at a small family organic farm near Lisbon.
I have written it here,so it's happening!
I also have Ryanair tickets for Porto in June,which was my original plan,and finish the Portuguese cahmino, but yolo,
Bill
Sounds like you’ve really got the Camino bug. You may as well enjoy life while you can who knows what the future holds. That’s why I decided to take early retirement while I’m still in good health. The farm work sounds interesting and another opportunity for new experiences. Enjoy!
 

notion900

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If you're passing through Canterbury then the cathedral has this one:
I received a warm welcome (and free admission) to the pilgrim albergue museum in Canterbury
I didn't have a credential with me but I am sure they will have a stamp.
It was quite funny going into the medieval building as it seemed a very normal albergue to me. I was thinking, where are the bunks? 🤣
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
I received a warm welcome (and free admission) to the pilgrim albergue museum in Canterbury
I didn't have a credential with me but I am sure they will have a stamp.
It was quite funny going into the medieval building as it seemed a very normal albergue to me. I was thinking, where are the bunks? 🤣
Took my younger daughter there once (born and raised in Kent, BA in Archaeology and Anthropology).

Looking at the 12th century frescos: "How come nobody ever told me about these?" and then "So you sleep in places like this all across Spain? Cool!"
 

Hansel

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances and Fisterre (2018,08) ,Camino Primitivo, and Fisterre,(2019,04)
Sounds like you’ve really got the Camino bug. You may as well enjoy life while you can who knows what the future holds. That’s why I decided to take early retirement while I’m still in good health. The farm work sounds interesting and another opportunity for new experiences. Enjoy!
You will have too,when you get to Muxia or Finisterre ,which ever you finish walking to.
I had never heard of Muxia ,until about ten days in,and folk were telling me about Muxia,I have walked to both twice now,
Galicia in spring time is very much like Scotland,I can see the appeal,but hopefully I will find somewhere slightly drier.
Bill
 

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