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Ste66

Irish pilgrim
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2020
I am planning to do a small part of the camino Frances starting in St Jean pied de port, just a week or so into Logroño, I can only start around the 21st of October, I would like to know if anyone has crossed the pyrenees at this time of year and what their experiences were.
Thank you in advance, Stephen.
 
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C clearly

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Most years since 2012. Hoping now for 2022.
I have done it twice in mid-to-late October. The weather was beautiful and clear. One time it was very windy and quite chilly leaving Orisson in the morning.

However, I was lucky. You should follow rhe advice of the Pilgrim Office. There is no view if you are in the clouds, so you should take the Valcarlos route in that case.
 

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
In past years I began the CF six times in October from 2010 through 2015. It can get chilly at night but days were usually splendid. See more in this recent post

Whenever you do go Buen camino!
 
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When you walk the Camino, and suddenly a pandemic appears
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2019
I am planning to do a small part of the camino Frances starting in St Jean pied de port, just a week or so into Logroño, I can only start around the 21st of October, I would like to know if anyone has crossed the pyrenees at this time of year and what their experiences were.
Thank you in advance, Stephen.
I crossed once in late September and the weather was beautiful.
Buen Camino
Vince
 

theclaireperson

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Past OR future Camino
2021
In past years I began the CF six times in October from 2010 through 2015. It can get chilly at night but days were usually splendid. See more in this recent post

Whenever you do go Buen camino!
Did you find albergues were open? Covid aside, I saw a comment a few weeks ago that stated that most albergues shut down for the season in October. This is when I plan to go unless restrictions change and it will then be 2022 :) thank you 🙏🏼
 

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Did you find albergues were open? Covid aside, I saw a comment a few weeks ago that stated that most albergues shut down for the season in October. This is when I plan to go unless restrictions change and it will then be 2022 :) thank you 🙏🏼
As I wrote in my post linked in blue within the post above who knows how 2021 will go ? In the past on the CF some albergues closed starting mid October but there always was someplace open.
 
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C clearly

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Did you find albergues were open?

there always was someplace open.
I have walked in October-November a couple of times. Not every albergue was open, but I had no trouble finding accommodation. Just don't show up in a tiny village that has only one albergue, after a long day's walk, and expect it to be open. Check first, or accept that Plan B is to walk to the next town.
 
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In the normal pre-covid course, many albergues shut down Oct 31, in accordance with regulations governing them. After that date, there is generally at least one albergue open every 15 km or so. Some shut earlier depending on the whim of the owners.

I crossed the Pyrenees in November 2013 on the Napoleon route, before the law that shuts it down Nov 1. It was a glorious day: cool, blustery, and stunning.
 

Malachiuri

CaminoTranquilo
Past OR future Camino
2021
Dont trust the mountains =)

As stated before, bring layering clothes. I have crossed over in early January and it was 68c and glorious. Crossing over in April is was cold, windy and 20cms of snow.

Good times,

M
 

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