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Ingles 2017
Please give guestimates about the EARLIEST date /week you hikers have been able to safely walk the Norte. I expect the mud and a lack of services, BUT - - any ideas on when the best starting date from Santander would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks and peace
 

Roger0704

Let's walk the talk.....
Camino(s) past & future
I did CF April/May 2018...
Gonna Do Camino Norte April 2019
well...
I am starting from the 10th of April .
Started last year around that time on the CF and that was good.
So I hope that will be the same on the North
 

Jan_D

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones (2011)
Frances (2012)
Norte (2013, 2014)
Hospitalera (2014)
Portugues (2017)
Not sure what you mean by "safely". You're very unlikely to get snow on the Norte, and the temperatures are much milder - in fact I just checked and it's going to be 15°C in Santander next week (I recently came back from a Norte winter walk, and the weather was absolutely wonderful!) But there's ALWAYS a chance of rain, no matter the time of year. I walked in March last year it rained non stop, to the extent that it was completely flooded and impassable in places. From my own personal experience, I think from January to March are probably worst for winter weather, so I'd recommend waiting until April - no guarantee it won't rain, but at least it will be slightly warmer so that things can dry out and you won't freeze in a heating-free albergue.
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
I usually plan my starts for a week after the week immediately following Easter Sunday. This places the Easter break surge of pilgrims ahead of me.

It follows logically that places are open for this season-opening business and will be open when I get there. At least this has been my experience for my past six Caminos.

There is a customary slump after this Easter surge, until the end of May, when universities let out in Europe and elsewhere. Then, starting in June, the seasonal traffic builds...fast.

Hope this helps.
 
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Shah

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Summer 2018 July/ August or Sept
Hi guys. I'm planning a trip in march but I want to know how busy it will be as its my first time and I have no experience of travel there. Any advice on where to start and what to pack weather wise?
 

Jan_D

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones (2011)
Frances (2012)
Norte (2013, 2014)
Hospitalera (2014)
Portugues (2017)
Hi guys. I'm planning a trip in march but I want to know how busy it will be as its my first time and I have no experience of travel there. Any advice on where to start and what to pack weather wise?
Hi Shah, I'm afraid you haven't given us a lot of information to go on. A trip where? And you say that you have "no experience of travel there," but your profile says you did a camino in 2018? Finally, it might be best to start a new thread, so as not to hijack the original poster's question. :)
 

Shah

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Summer 2018 July/ August or Sept
Hi Shah, I'm afraid you haven't given us a lot of information to go on. A trip where? And you say that you have "no experience of travel there," but your profile says you did a camino in 2018? Finally, it might be best to start a new thread, so as not to hijack the original poster's question. :)
Lol so sorry. I actually planned it in 2018 but didn't go as my dear friend backed out. I'll make a new thread
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
I started early in May 2018 in Bilbao and walked as far as Santander and gave up due to the constant rain. I traveled south to Fromista and found better weather.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Lol so sorry. I actually planned it in 2018 but didn't go as my dear friend backed out. I'll make a new thread
Use the search function on the forum. It's likely that all of your questions have already been answered.
 

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