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VldP planning? This may be helpful

Discussion in 'Via de la Plata' started by JohnMcM, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. JohnMcM

    JohnMcM Veteran Member Donating Member

    Apr 19, 2013
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Frances - Muxia - Finisterre 2014
    StJPdP to Burgos 2015
    Primitivo 2015
    Porto -SDC 2016
    Portuguese Senda Litoral 2016
    Ingles 2016
    I'm planning my next Camino and it looks like the VdlP at the moment.

    I enjoy Spring-time walking, wherever I am. Sadly, this Spring on the VdlP is too soon for me for a lot of reasons.

    I'm not a great lover of hot-weather walking so I've researched the VdlP at other times of the year. I came across this site that I thought others might find useful.

    Seems to me that an early/mid September might be a good time to walk for me, temperature wise. I would miss the Spring-time flowers but hopefully get the late Summer early Autumn harvest colours.

    If you have walked from Seville early/mid September previously I would welcome your comments, views, advice and opinions.


    Buen (nice-temperature) Camino
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2017
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  2. Davey Boyd

    Davey Boyd Active Member

    Jan 5, 2015
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    Brighton UK
    Camino(s) past & future:
    2015 Geneva - Santiago via the San Salvador and Primitivo
    2015 SJPdP - Santiago and Finisterra
    2016 Camino Frances - Finisterra - Muxia via San Salvador/Primitivo then back to SJPdP (in winter)
    2017 VDLP April 5th
    Very interesting, thank you John! I start the VDLP April 5 or 6th

    Buen Camino!
  3. Levi

    Levi Member Donating Member

    Aug 2, 2015
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    Camino(s) past & future:
    Burgos to Santiago April/May 2015.
    SJPP to Santiago October/November 2015
    Burgos to Leon January 2016
    VDLP September/October 2016
    Camino Portuguese March 2017
    I walked the vdlp leaving Seville on 18 September last year. The autumn colours were beautiful...but for the first three weeks it was still very, very hot in the afternoons. Up in the 30s. (I don't know if this was typical temps for that time of year or unusual).

    So it was early starts in the morning and a lot of water to be carried on those stretches with not a lot of facilities/services.

    That said, it was a great walk...Buen Camino.
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  4. mmm042

    mmm042 Active Member

    Oct 12, 2010
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    Sun Prairie, Wisconsin USA
    Camino(s) past & future:
    VDLP 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
    I've walked several times in September. As Levi said, it can still be hot during the day, but it's often cool in the morning and at the end of the day. Definitely layer. If you want cool weather guaranteed, go more toward the end of October/November. I've also walked in November, and while it can be a little wet, the temperatures are perfect -- not too hot, not too cold.

    Good luck!
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  5. camino07

    camino07 Veteran Member Donating Member

    Mar 25, 2008
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    Perth Australia
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Frances x5, Portuguese from Lisbon, VdlP, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP again in 2017
    Is it still possible to get your wonderful VDLP App for my Iphone. I used it often in 2012 but recently changed phones and have lost it.
    It is still on my Ipad but I'm not taking that when I return in April.
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  6. tillyjones

    tillyjones Active Member

    May 19, 2015
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    Cambridge, ON
    Camino(s) past & future:
    Camino Frances June 2015
    VDLP May 2017
    I am now getting nervous...I planned on expecting hot whether for my Camino May through early June. Meaning that I didn't plan on pants, I didn't plan on a sleeping bag, I didn't plan for a jacket. Now, I'm having the typical pre-Camino jitters after looking at the above link. If I change plans, then I need to find and buy all of these things, plus a bigger knapsack to carry them!
  7. domigee

    domigee Veteran Member Donating Member

    Nov 25, 2013
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    Started walking in 2012
    Long trousers you can do without but if sleeping in albergues you'll need something to sleep in, do you have a sleeping bag liner?
    I walked in June and the temperatures were very high (around 38 deg) but on reaching Salamanca, it turned cold (12 deg) and it rained. It turned very hot again around Ourense.
    I would take one warm layer - light fleece/very light windproof jacket?
    Only suggestions, you'll probably be absolutely fine with what you've packed. :)
  8. notion900

    notion900 Veteran Member

    Aug 28, 2007
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    That temperature chart sure is useful. But then again it snowed in Madrid last week.
    I never go anywhere without my 500g down sleeping bag, no matter what the season. It's flipping horrible being cold at night.
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