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Walking distance between Old and New Monastery San Juan de Pena

Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Does anyone know the walking distance between the two Monasteries?
We took a shuttle when we were there and I can't remember how far it was.
Help?
 
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First one in 1977 by train. Many since then by foot. Next one ASAP.
Can't give you an "X kilometers" answer, Annie, but when I walked from the upper monastery and the overlook down to the lower monastery (in perfect weather) it was fairly brief -- half an hour, tops -- and easy peasy!

Would love to go back, some day!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Thanks everyone. I've walked DOWN from the Monastery to the highway but never between the two.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
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2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
It’s just about a kilometer.
 

jennysa

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I also recommend keeping to the road and not the path which is very stony and slippery. I have been there 3 times and tried all the different routes and road is best
 

peregrina2000

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I also recommend keeping to the road and not the path which is very stony and slippery. I have been there 3 times and tried all the different routes and road is best
The path down from the old monastery to the village of Santa Cruz de Serós nearly did me in. My knees were in terrible shape for the rest of my Camino. It is a wonder I was able to limp into Santiago. That path is very steep and rocky, IMO much more so than other well-known rocky descents, like the one from Alto del Perdón, or into Zubiri, or from El Acebo.

Just a little tip, though — last year, we had some tremendously steep descents on the Olvidado and my knees started to act up again. My peregrino friend recommended that I start doing quad (?) stretches (grabbing your foot behind you and pulling up gently) and my knee was fine in a few days. I have now incorporated that stretch into my normal workout routine and am hoping I’ll be ready for my next Camino descents.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I also recommend keeping to the road and not the path which is very stony and slippery. I have been there 3 times and tried all the different routes and road is best
Yes, the path down to the village was slippery when we walked also. One time we walked the road and it was a nice walk too.
 

Karl Oz

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When I walked up the mountain I used the road for the first half, more through accident than design. There is a village at about half-way up where water was available. Thereafter I used the track to the top and it was a very trying experience in the Spanish sun. I was absolutely creased by the time I reached the monastaries, so much so that I took the road to descend the whole way down to Santa Cilia. I weighed the possibility of slipping or falling and injuring myself on that seldom-used path and having to spend hours awaiting assistance and decided the road was the only sensible option. Thank goodness for that albergue in Santa Cilia, and the wonderful woman who runs it.

The ironic thing is, having said after the trip that I had no further interest in the Aragones, I now want to return and walk it again! This time with a tad more water on certain stretches, and maybe not in summer!
 
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Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
The ironic thing is, having said after the trip that I had no further interest in the Aragones, I now want to return and walk it again! This time with a tad more water on certain stretches, and maybe not in summer!
Plenty of rain this November.
Remember this well; at least it was downhill!
I was concerned about the climb and descent there because of what forum members have written about it but it was much better than I expected. Now someone has to find something worse than New Hampshire's White Mountains.
 

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