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Via de la Plata in reverse

2020 Camino Guides

Alana

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
"VDLP march 2020"
Hello!

I would like to walk the VDLP from March onwards but preferably want to begin in Santiago de Compostela and end in Sevilla. Has anyone here done this ? How hard did they find it ? Can you share some experiences ? And roughly how long did it take you ?

thanks Alana
 

Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
You’re looking at 1000km whichever direction you go, which may typically take from 30 to 50 days depending on your pace.
I haven’t walked it in reverse but I’ve met folks who have. You’ll encounter more problems with way marking than conventional pilgrims because some arrows will be harder to spot. if you have a device with tracks downloaded, you can rely on that to get you through when the arrows let you down.
Albergues should be open - especially in the latter part of your walk which will coincide with peak traffic on this route. Unfortunatel, since youre going against the flow, you may have little warning of any “bubble“ of pilgrims that you might encounter. if you’re unlucky you might arrive somewhere to find the albergue full.
Youll start in a colder climate and head toward a warmer one at the same time that winter turns into spring. So you’ll need less insulation as you progress. Layers is the key.
 

martyseville

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
a/a
Why reverse?

I would walk S>N. Not reverse.

By the time you end up in Seville it will be very hot. Very hot.

read all the comments re this Via.

there is a separate room for this Via.

there is a old highway that runs Seville to Gijon.
That is the entire length of Spain.

Very little traffic on it. If any.

It runs parallel to the Via Plata.
You can use the A’burgs

It is one of the best bike routes in Spain. If not all of Europe.

I will look up the route number. But can easilybe found on the web.
 
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pipello

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, and the Camino Portuguese (May, 2018)
N630 is the road and I can attest to its sheer delight on a bike! We rode from Salamanca south in October and had a fabulous time though going north to south did not contribute to it feeling like a camino but more like an adventure. We did meet peregrinos along the way and had no trouble finding places to stay though we prefer small inns with private rooms to albuergues at this time.
 

martyseville

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
a/a
N630 is the road and I can attest to its sheer delight on a bike! We rode from Salamanca south in October and had a fabulous time though going north to south did not contribute to it feeling like a camino but more like an adventure. We did meet peregrinos along the way and had no trouble finding places to stay though we prefer small inns with private rooms to albuergues at this time.
yep, the N630 route.
Was just getting ready to post that.

there is a blog on line by a guy and his wife who rode it. Great pics and info on his blog.

The highway is hardly ever used by cars/trucks.
Some farm equip on it.
Take a look at it on line. Not too many steep grades to climb/descend.

most riders use the alburgues along the VDLP.
I hope to ride it starting in May.
Seville to Gijon.
 

jsalt

Jill
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo, Aragonés
I would like to walk the VDLP from March onwards but preferably want to begin in Santiago de Compostela and end in Sevilla. Has anyone here done this ? How hard did they find it ?
I walked parallel with a social worker and her rehabilitating young charge on the Norte. When we reached Santiago the two French women continued south on the Via de la Plata. I’ve often wondered how they coped, as they were both very special people.

So, yes, people do walk in that direction.

Let us know how it goes!
 

Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
By the time you end up in Seville it will be very hot. Very hot.
If the OP leaves Santiago in early March and reaches Seville in late April or early May, I think they will miss the hottest season. OP will be covering much of the route at one of the popular times of year.

there is a separate room for this Via.
The OP posted this question in the dedicated forum for the Via de la Plata.
 

pipello

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, and the Camino Portuguese (May, 2018)
yep, the N630 route.
Was just getting ready to post that.

there is a blog on line by a guy and his wife who rode it. Great pics and info on his blog.

The highway is hardly ever used by cars/trucks.
Some farm equip on it.
Take a look at it on line. Not too many steep grades to climb/descend.

most riders use the alburgues along the VDLP.
I hope to ride it starting in May.
Seville to Gijon.
Is this the blog you refer to? http://www.johnhayeswalks.com/2017/06/ruta-via-de-la-plata_20.html
 

Chris Day

Hesed Walker
Camino(s) past & future
Frances-14/15/16 Part-17/18/19
VdlP/Sanabres/Finist16
Port/Ingles 17
Norte 18 Le Puy/Primitivo 19
I finish a stretch of the Frances in Santiago on March 24th and plan to set off the next day on the VdlP - first time ever "in reverse" (except on occasions when I've got lost 😥 )....will be different, I guess. I walked the VdlP in 2016 and loved the route.
 

OzAnnie

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
'Portuguese,Frances,Norte,Salvador/primitivo,Le puy, Inglés, CDM, Invierno, Fin/Mux, VDLP spring19
I finish a stretch of the Frances in Santiago on March 24th and plan to set off the next day on the VdlP - first time ever "in reverse" (except on occasions when I've got lost 😥 )....will be different, I guess. I walked the VdlP in 2016 and loved the route.
Well @Chris Day if you’re walking Sanabrés I may bump into you (literally if you’re walking backwards 😂).. I (hope) to be pushing off again from Tábara on March 20 - taking it easy so may see you nearish Ourense.
Do you have maps me on your phone ? Great help to help to find your way back to track with gps.
Buen camino
Annie
 

Chris Day

Hesed Walker
Camino(s) past & future
Frances-14/15/16 Part-17/18/19
VdlP/Sanabres/Finist16
Port/Ingles 17
Norte 18 Le Puy/Primitivo 19
Well @Chris Day if you’re walking Sanabrés I may bump into you (literally if you’re walking backwards 😂).. I (hope) to be pushing off again from Tábara on March 20 - taking it easy so may see you nearish Ourense.
Do you have maps me on your phone ? Great help to help to find your way back to track with gps.
Buen camino
Annie
Annie - a good "guestimate", Ourense. Thanks, yes, I have the route on maps.me, which is very useful. Red backpack and of course walking against the flow....that'll be me! Buen Camino to you too.
Chris
 

lovingkindness

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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Hello!

I would like to walk the VDLP from March onwards but preferably want to begin in Santiago de Compostela and end in Sevilla. Has anyone here done this ? How hard did they find it ? Can you share some experiences ? And roughly how long did it take you ?

thanks Alana
Hello @Alana
I have followed the VdLP in reverse from Santiago d C to Ourense (Oct, 2011) and from Astorga to Fuenterroble de Salvatierra (March, 2010) plus many other trails which have been signed in the opposite direction . As I do not walk with a gps or phone, trail finding and tracking the imprint of feet is a fun challenge. A camino sign may have two or three paths leading to it, all well worn. It is not always obvious where to go. When in doubt, if after trying a path for 5 - 10 minutes and there are no new signs, I return to where I last saw a sign then try again.

Difficulties:
*Day one, leaving Santiago was a little confusing.
*Don't assume that you will be able to sleep in every albergue along the way, even with a credential. An hospitalero may ask for an explanantion as to why you are walking in the opposite direction. You may find yourself looking for a bed elsewhere
* March/April weather: Cold nights, frosts, icy mornings, perhaps a little heat in the afternoon sun. It is colder in the region of Zamora than in Galicia. In wintertime there is more snow after the Padornello tunnel, from Mombuey onwards (direction Zamora), than from before it...

Have fun!
Lovingkindness
 
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