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Walking Camino in November

Camino(s) past & future
Planning on walking camino in November
#1
Planning on WalKing camino in November..I know it will be pretty cold and wet. Is it doable? Will there be many doing it? Will there be many places open to stay at night. Doing it from South of France across to Santiago. The main trip. Can't wait. So any tips are welcome. Thanks
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#3
Walking in November is definitely doable!
Late autumn is a fine time to walk! The days are usually sunny and nights chilly to cold. By December all can be frosty. Late November 2012 I was caught in a true white-out of snow climbing O Cebreiro.

Much accommodation starts to close mid October but some place is always open. Hospitaleros usually can give advice on what is available on the next stage. Happily there are no summer crowds and beds/bunks easy to find. Walking at this time during the past 10 years I have rarely seen more than 20 pilgrims at one time

For more personal comments regarding walking during late autumn/winter see my Camino Gazetteer blog.

Happy planning and Buen camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning on walking camino in November
#4
Walking in November is definitely doable!
Late autumn is a fine time to walk! The days are usually sunny and nights chilly to cold. By December all can be frosty. Late November 2012 I was caught in a true white-out of snow climbing O Cebreiro.

Much accommodation starts to close mid October but some place is always open. Hospitaleros usually can give advice on what is available on the next stage. Happily there are no summer crowds and beds/bunks easy to find. Walking at this time during the past 10 years I have rarely seen more than 20 pilgrims at one time

For more personal comments regarding walking during late autumn/winter see my Camino Gazetteer blog.

Happy planning and Buen camino!
Thanks for advice.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF December 2017
#5
Hi Paddy
Not only doable....way better than summer IMO. I left SJPP 13 November last year and finished Santiago 17 December. In 2017, general daytime temperatures 2-10 degrees max. Worst day -6 coming out of Burgos and again O'Cebreiro. Snow in Roncesvalles and O'Cebreiro. Went Valcarlos route of course as Napoleon closed. If it got too bad on the Camino itself with snow, slippery rocks, mud etc, walk on the road for a while - there weren't many cars about. About 10-15 pilgrims in Albergues each night, and many places had Hostals open as well. Never got stuck on any day for somewhere to stay. Gronze.com and Bookings.com invaluable, and almost every cafe/albergues/hostal has wifi. Most days were sunny, about 5 days of rain whole Camino, and struck snow twice (which was fantastic). Watching the Christmas trees go up in each town as you get further into December also a treat. And you have the Camino pretty much to yourself. Some days you may have to struggle the whole day without a coffee but that wasn't often. Make sure you have some water, apples and muesli bars for those days when not many cafes open. But when you do find an open one, it will be welcoming, will be warm inside, and have hot food. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending a November and December Camino Frances. It was full of highlights and a wonderful personal experience. Be hardy, rug up, and get out there.......Buen Camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#6
It's a great time of year to walk the Camino. Sure it will be wet and chilly at times, but that is part of the adventure. Take several light layers including long underwear, rain gear, gloves, buff, beanie hat, maybe a puffy down or synthetic jacket or vest. A few suggestions...
  • Long underwear can be your sleeping clothes and available for an extra layer if it is really cold in the day time. However, I prefer to pull rain pants over my walking pants if I need a second layer.
  • The down jacket or vest would be mainly used for the evenings and to supplement a light sleeping bag.
  • Probably a light merino shirt plus a second light-medium shirt under the rain jacket would be enough for walking in virtually all conditions.
  • Always keep one layer of clothes dry for the evening.
Have fun!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 13
VdlP 14
LePuy 15
Invierno DosFaros CP 16
The 88, Japan 17
Sicily. Arles-Santiago Fall 18
#8
This is good information. I'll be finishing the Arlés route and joining the Frances sometime in mid-late October. I plan to carry both a silk liner and a 500 gram down blanket that is large enough to form to a sleeping bag using Velcro strips. I'm hoping that this combination will be warm enough with my extra clothes to sleep in. Expect to walk well into November. Thanks for the information!
 

Earther

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning for Nov 2018
#9
Planning on WalKing camino in November..I know it will be pretty cold and wet. Is it doable? Will there be many doing it? Will there be many places open to stay at night. Doing it from South of France across to Santiago. The main trip. Can't wait. So any tips are welcome. Thanks
HI Paddybuck08, I am going to be mine in Nov 2018- I would love to share thoughts/ideas/notes on the getting prepared and walking the Camino...

Love to hear back!

Buen Camino!!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2011-12-14-15-16-17-18CF
2013 Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 HærvejenDK
#10
Thanks, all, for the good information about walking in November. I have walked the Camino Frances several times, but never in November. I will be a hospitalera in Salamanca for the last two weeks of October, then I will take a train on Nov.1 to Logroño and walk to Ponferrada (~3 weeks). I am looking forward to the adventure and the challenge of volunteering in a new-to-me albergue and city, and walking the CF in November weather with limited accommodations.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2016
1st Primitivo 2018
#14
Hi Paddy and Earther..... I’m also hoping to start my first Camino Frances November sometime from 8-14th can’t decide. So scared for the cold and wet weather and possibly not getting into an Albergue at night. I’m travelling alone from oz . Looking forward and so nervously excited to get started - see you there
 

Foxierya

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012
LePuy to Mossaic 2014
VF (Bourg St. Pierre-Rome) 2016
Camino Portugues 2017
#15
I’m so glad to know there’s quite a few pilgrims walking even late November and into December. I’m planning to walk CF (SJPdP-SDC and weather permitting continue on to Finisterre-Muxía) but kind of hesitant. I plan to start Oct. 9/10 - hope to meet other pilgrims along the way.


Buen Camino
 

El Torino

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walking my first Camino this November 2018
#16
Hello, I am walking the Camino Frances from early November too. Excited but butterflies are starting to kick in. My friend, a veteran Peregrino just walked to Rome from UK and he told me he always gets nervous before heading off so that is a relief. Anyway, Buen Camino all and maybe we might meet along the way.
 

El Torino

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walking my first Camino this November 2018
#17
Walking in November is definitely doable!
Late autumn is a fine time to walk! The days are usually sunny and nights chilly to cold. By December all can be frosty. Late November 2012 I was caught in a true white-out of snow climbing O Cebreiro.

Much accommodation starts to close mid October but some place is always open. Hospitaleros usually can give advice on what is available on the next stage. Happily there are no summer crowds and beds/bunks easy to find. Walking at this time during the past 10 years I have rarely seen more than 20 pilgrims at one time

For more personal comments regarding walking during late autumn/winter see my Camino Gazetteer blog.

Happy planning and Buen camino!
Your blog is incredible and has a wealth of information and personal reflection. Thank you
 
#18
This is good information. I'll be finishing the Arlés route and joining the Frances sometime in mid-late October. I plan to carry both a silk liner and a 500 gram down blanket that is large enough to form to a sleeping bag using Velcro strips. I'm hoping that this combination will be warm enough with my extra clothes to sleep in. Expect to walk well into November. Thanks for the information!
Have you joined the Francés? I started today Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles and now sitting in the sun enjoying a clara.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 13
VdlP 14
LePuy 15
Invierno DosFaros CP 16
The 88, Japan 17
Sicily. Arles-Santiago Fall 18
#19
Have you joined the Francés? I started today Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles and now sitting in the sun enjoying a clara.
yes I arrived a couple of days ago. Now in Los Arcos also enjoying a nice glass of vino tinto! It’s supposed to get much colder this weekend!! Yikes! Stay safe and of course have lots of fun. I’m surprised how many are here still walking.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2017 2018
#20
Planning on WalKing camino in November..I know it will be pretty cold and wet. Is it doable? Will there be many doing it? Will there be many places open to stay at night. Doing it from South of France across to Santiago. The main trip. Can't wait. So any tips are welcome. Thanks
Paddy there will be at least 2 paddys on the Camino at that time :) I am starting Oct 26 th from SJPdeP.walking to Pamplona,then bus to Naverette as I did that stretch last year.then I walk as far as Burgus where I finish.I would love to do it all in one go but I can't unfortunately.Wishing you a Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
#21
Planning on WalKing camino in November..I know it will be pretty cold and wet. Is it doable? Will there be many doing it? Will there be many places open to stay at night. Doing it from South of France across to Santiago. The main trip. Can't wait. So any tips are welcome. Thanks
@Paddybuck08
I have walked camino routes in October-November for the last three years. On one camino, on Nov. 15, a day short of Santiago, I did have a hard time finding a bed. Otherwise, no problems. And it was not wet on any of my walks: very little rain, easily managed with my rain gear. Of course, I can give you no guarantees on this. Buen camino.
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
#23
https://www.europapress.es/…/noticia-noviembre-cerrara-paso…

The Route Napoleon from St Jean to Roncesvalles will close on 1 November.
Although this route has been closed for the past 4 years at this time, interventions in this area by rescue personnel persist, motivated many times by lack of information and preparation of pilgrims, given the difficulty of this route. The situation is especially serious in winter, with very difficult conditions for rescues, including life-threatening situations for rescue teams due to the topography and climatology of the area and the great difficulties of access, location and evacuation.
 
#24
Thanks, all, for the good information about walking in November. I have walked the Camino Frances several times, but never in November. I will be a hospitalera in Salamanca for the last two weeks of October, then I will take a train on Nov.1 to Logroño and walk to Ponferrada (~3 weeks). I am looking forward to the adventure and the challenge of volunteering in a new-to-me albergue and city, and walking the CF in November weather with limited accommodations.
Hope you are enjoying being a Hospitalera in Salamanca. It's a small albergue in a great location. The garden next door is lively. I asked to be there during the first two weeks in January then changed my mind when they needed someone in Ponferrada (where I have volunteered before). I was afraid that I would have no pilgrims that time of year along the Plata.

Who.knows, maybe our paths will cross. I am now in Pamplona.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (last 300km) - November 2016
Camino Francés (beginning Roncesvalles) - November 2018
#25
Given my work (tourism-related) Nov-Feb is the only time of year I can walk. I'm starting my second CF mid-November and while I've no warm weather experience to compare it with, my first autumn Camino experience was undiluted pleasure, even the trek through the snow past the Cruz de Fierro. No worries, compañeros.
 

Lito Wen

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
08/11/2018-08/12/2018
#26
Hello!I am going to CF in November too
I am ready start to Burgos in 09\11, don't know how cold there
 

Lito Wen

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
08/11/2018-08/12/2018
#28
It will be a high of 3 when I walk through there this Sunday. Bring your woollies!
I cant image how cold is it! I live in south China and i never feel that cold!
Also i want to ask how cold inside the door? I only have very simple sleeping bad and i afraid i will feel cold when i am sleep
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (last 300km) - November 2016
Camino Francés (beginning Roncesvalles) - November 2018
#29
Also i want to ask how cold inside the door? I only have very simple sleeping bad and i afraid i will feel cold when i am sleep
Almost every albergue will have blankets available for you to use as well as your sleeping bag. I really would make sure that you ask whether the albergue has heating on the whole time though. Some cannot afford to keep it very warm. At this time of year, and in that particularly cold pocket of Spain, I would check out the temperature inside the albergue before committing to stay there.
 

Lito Wen

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
08/11/2018-08/12/2018
#30
Almost every albergue will have blankets available for you to use as well as your sleeping bag. I really would make sure that you ask whether the albergue has heating on the whole time though. Some cannot afford to keep it very warm. At this time of year, and in that particularly cold pocket of Spain, I would check out the temperature inside the albergue before committing to stay there.

Thanks for u suggestions,i will be ready!
 

chichimeca

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walked from Sarria To Santiago (2015). Will walk from Pamplona on November 20th, 2018.
#31
Hi to all, I too will be starting my Camino on November 19th from Pamplona. Looking forward to lonely walks and picturesque landscapes.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2011-12-14-15-16-17-18CF
2013 Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 HærvejenDK
#32
Started Nov.2 and walked from Burgos to Fromista with friends, then took a train to Logrono to start walking on my own. Spent the first night in Navarrete. Only problem so far was that some albergues that were listed as open at this time were closed...I ended up in a nice hotel here for two days to recover from a stomach bug contracted after two days in Fromista (that’s a different thread). Starting off this morning for Najera under clear skies and cool temperatures. I hope November walking continues with good weather and wonderful landscapes.
 

falcon269

no commercial interests
Camino(s) past & future
yes
#33
Only problem so far was that some albergues that were listed as open at this time were closed.
Standard operating procedure. Do not believe the internet. Call ahead unless you like wandering at the end of the day! Have fun. :)
 

GeorgeC

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
planning (Nov 2018)
#34
Yes-walking now to Lorca and it seems many of the albergues in the small villages closed- calling ahead seems an excellent suggestion.
 

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