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Walking Bayonne to St. Jean Pied de Port

2020 Camino Guides

rometimed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPdP: 2015, June2020!) (Eng Way: 2015)
Hi everyone!

The first time I did the Camino Frances I was in France for two weeks before getting to St Jean Pied de Port. This coming time in May 2020 I will be on a tighter schedule and will only have 3 days to acclimatize from North American time to French/Spanish time.

I was thinking of using it to walk from Bayonne to St. Jean Pied de Port over 2 days.

My plan is to fly to Bayonne... rest in Bayonne/sight see for a day... then walk to Louhossa then on to St Jean over 2 days... before taking 1 more day off in St Jean before I start.

I wanted to see if anyone has walked from Bayonne/Biarritz to St Jean and any tips on routes.

Thank you! ;)
 

Jan_D

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones (2011)
Frances (2012)
Norte (2013, 2014)
Hospitalera (2014)
Portugues (2017)
Hi rometimed, the path from Bayonne to SJPP is known as the "Voie de la Nive". I'm sure there's information on this forum somewhere, but to keep you going in the meantime, you can try this site. They have it down as 3 stages of 14km, 25km, and 28km (I recall another pilgrim went a bit further on day 1, and stayed in Cambo les Bains rather than Ustaritz. And apparently there's a gîte d'étape communal (i.e. an albergue) in Hélette which is the destination listed for day 2).
 

rometimed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPdP: 2015, June2020!) (Eng Way: 2015)
Hi rometimed, the path from Bayonne to SJPP is known as the "Voie de la Nive". I'm sure there's information on this forum somewhere, but to keep you going in the meantime, you can try this site. They have it down as 3 stages of 14km, 25km, and 28km (I recall another pilgrim went a bit further on day 1, and stayed in Cambo les Bains rather than Ustaritz. And apparently there's a gîte d'étape communal (i.e. an albergue) in Hélette which is the destination listed for day 2).
!!!!! Perfect!!!!!!! Thank you Jan!!!
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
There is info about the Voie de Nive here. Or you can head straight to Pamplona on the Camino Baztanes.
Five days, and a beautiful walk, the road less traveled; I'd do it again in a heartbeat!.
 

rometimed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPdP: 2015, June2020!) (Eng Way: 2015)
There is info about the Voie de Nive here. Or you can head straight to Pamplona on the Camino Baztanes.
Five days, and a beautiful walk, the road less traveled; I'd do it again in a heartbeat!.
Thank you VN but I am actually meeting up with a number of people from my last Camino in St Jean on a specific day and have Orisson already booked. ;)
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Ah, so.
The VdN looks gorgeous...and a super 'warm up.'
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Walked it this past April 2019! Great walk, but two days is really pushing it - it’s doable, but not for everyone. For a two day trek, your best bet would be to walk 34km to the pilgrim gite in Helette (call ahead) and then 21km to SJPdP the next day. That second day was poorly marked, but we used maps.me and only got lost once or twice 😬.

If you are flying in early enough, you can start walking straight from the airport and possibly have three days to make it. You’d miss out on Bayonne — which would be a shame — but at least the walking would be more pleasurable. We met a total of ZERO pilgrims over our three days, but the residents were quite friendly and helpful plus we had THE best meal of our many travels in a small Basque village about halfway to SJPdP. You can find my previous posts on this site “LIVE FROM THE CAMINO” when we walked this previously.

Ask away if you have questions. 👍
 

rometimed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPdP: 2015, June2020!) (Eng Way: 2015)
Walked it this past April 2019! Great walk, but two days is really pushing it - it’s doable, but not for everyone. For a two day trek, your best bet would be to walk 34km to the pilgrim gite in Helette (call ahead) and then 21km to SJPdP the next day. That second day was poorly marked, but we used maps.me and only got lost once or twice 😬.

If you are flying in early enough, you can start walking straight from the airport and possibly have three days to make it. You’d miss out on Bayonne — which would be a shame — but at least the walking would be more pleasurable. We met a total of ZERO pilgrims over our three days, but the residents were quite friendly and helpful plus we had THE best meal of our many travels in a small Basque village about halfway to SJPdP. You can find my previous posts on this site “LIVE FROM THE CAMINO” when we walked this previously.

Ask away if you have questions. 👍
Cheers!

I'm not afraid of the 34 KM day and I'd rather keep the day off in Bayonne but will likely take your advice on Helette. ;) If you have any more information on the meal in the village do let me know! :D
 

nathanael

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte Plata
Hi rometimed, the path from Bayonne to SJPP is known as the "Voie de la Nive". I'm sure there's information on this forum somewhere, but to keep you going in the meantime, you can try this site. They have it down as 3 stages of 14km, 25km, and 28km (I recall another pilgrim went a bit further on day 1, and stayed in Cambo les Bains rather than Ustaritz. And apparently there's a gîte d'étape communal (i.e. an albergue) in Hélette which is the destination listed for day 2).
Hi there a few years back I arrived in Bayonne and stayed with a lady and her daughter neither knew of such a route went to the Cathedral and the same thing so I took a bus from Bayonne to Sjp, is it a difficult route?
 

rometimed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPdP: 2015, June2020!) (Eng Way: 2015)
Hi there a few years back I arrived in Bayonne and stayed with a lady and her daughter neither knew of such a route went to the Cathedral and the same thing so I took a bus from Bayonne to Sjp, is it a difficult route?
From reading today it looks not too bad. I am going to try to walk it in May before I start my 2nd Camino Frances. :)
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
It’s a pretty, somewhat undulating but not at all demanding route. I walked Saint Jean to Bayonne and met one couple coming the other way as well as some pilgrims doing the Baztan (we detoured off route to stay in Espelette but I understand the albergue there is no longer open)
Marking was patchy and we got lost every day!!! But that was 2014 - might be better now.
 

Monasp

I'm a manager of pilgrims office in SJPP
Camino(s) past & future
Camino in 2008.
Hi everyone!

The first time I did the Camino Frances I was in France for two weeks before getting to St Jean Pied de Port. This coming time in May 2020 I will be on a tighter schedule and will only have 3 days to acclimatize from North American time to French/Spanish time.

I was thinking of using it to walk from Bayonne to St. Jean Pied de Port over 2 days.

My plan is to fly to Bayonne... rest in Bayonne/sight see for a day... then walk to Louhossa then on to St Jean over 2 days... before taking 1 more day off in St Jean before I start.

I wanted to see if anyone has walked from Bayonne/Biarritz to St Jean and any tips on routes.

Thank you! ;)
Hi,
in May a new hostel will be opened in Bayonne. You can sleep there one night and you will be given directions to walk to SJPP.
The new hostel will be 7 rue Gosse (close to the Cathedral)
 

rometimed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPdP: 2015, June2020!) (Eng Way: 2015)
Hi,
in May a new hostel will be opened in Bayonne. You can sleep there one night and you will be given directions to walk to SJPP.
The new hostel will be 7 rue Gosse (close to the Cathedral)
Thank you Monasp! do you know when in May it is opening?
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Cheers!

I'm not afraid of the 34 KM day and I'd rather keep the day off in Bayonne but will likely take your advice on Helette. ;) If you have any more information on the meal in the village do let me know! :D
The VdN website linked in the post above seems to indicate a 39 km distance from Bayonne to Helette, so unless 39 km is not an issue, I would look for a third source and see which figure it agrees with.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
The restaurant is in the village of Macaye - it’s the ONLY restaurant in the village of Macaye! 😂. There’s also a cheese factory on the walk out of town that is worth a visit and a purchase or two.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
I've read that the new hostel in Bayonne opens 1st April
 

rometimed

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(SJPdP: 2015, June2020!) (Eng Way: 2015)
It will open from 1rst of april to 31 of october.
When do come in may? I will be volunteer here with my husband from 1rst of may to 15 of may.
So maybe see you soon 😉
Hi Monasp!

Did not reply as I had not yet finalized but I officially will be arriving on May 9th in Bayonne then will head out on the 11th to walk to St Jean.

I hope to stay at the new Hostel! Any advice? Or is it best to just drop by?

Thank you!
 

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